Cloud computing is already experiencing wide-scale adoption—and its growth in enterprise usage continues to surpass expectations.
Research from Gartner shows that as of 2019, cloud revenues rose by 17.3%, alongside the Infrastructure as a Service industry, which experienced a 27.6% revenue increase in the same year.
Although cloud services are becoming more and more of a necessity for businesses to compete, cloud migration remains a major challenge for most businesses; as transferring enterprise workload during cloud migration isn’t always as smooth as it could be.
Most modern applications have an overwhelming number of interdependencies that make cloud migration tasks difficult. Without fully understanding such dependencies, businesses lose money and time, which is a disadvantage in an increasingly competitive market.
So, how can application dependency mapping help eliminate cloud migration issues?
The Issues Organizations Encounter During Cloud Migration
As stated previously, business cloud migration is complicated even for a well-equipped enterprise. There are countless business-vital applications and crucial data involved.
To ensure a smooth cloud migration process and to avoid costly IT mistakes, organizations must tackle 3 primary issues:
1. Hidden Costs
Businesses are often caught off guard by the unexpected costs associated with cloud migration, which can lead to wasted resources. This is a common occurrence when organizations use lift-and-shift methods, replicating their current IT infrastructure on the cloud while neglecting the necessary tweaks or optimizations.
This results in overprovisioning (buying more than is needed) and culminates in increased migration costs. The bigger an organization’s IT infrastructure is, the more costly their cloud migrations are, as greater volumes of data and a lot of non-cloud optimized apps demand more effort.
If a system is complicated, it’ll be difficult to predict the costs needed.
2. Finding the Best Strategy to Reduce Risks Associated with Cloud Migration
Adequate in-depth strategizing is vital for the success of any IT project and cloud migration is no exception. Businesses commonly encounter the challenge of finding the best strategy for cloud migration.
For example, should an organization consider refactoring, rehosting, or re-platforming? And that’s just a fraction of the concerns associated with planning a smooth cloud migration strategy.
A successful cloud migration strategy also depends on choosing the right applications to migrate. Businesses commonly make the mistake of relocating applications that won’t work perfectly on the cloud, which results in poor cloud usage and costly bugs. Effective strategies must involve careful planning for what applications should be considered for migration.
One study also revealed that enterprises waste over 34% of their finances on resources that offer zero business compensation—a direct result of a bad application migration strategy.
3. Little to No Visibility of Application Dependency
For a smooth cloud migration, IT teams need to know the dependencies of all assets to ensure that applications will work correctly after the relocation. If developers have little to zero visibility of application dependencies, problems can arise in the migration chain, including broken applications and system outages.
Enterprise applications have countless external dependencies and interdependencies for vital resources like middleware and OSs. Plus, the dependency chain gets more complicated because the enterprise has to take into account the dependencies of the individual cloud services or tool in use as well.
When a cloud asset has issues, it may take months to get answers, which results in business operations being disrupted and can compromise customer trust and enterprise revenue.
Fortunately, organizations can solve all of the above cloud migration issues by implementing application dependency mapping.
What is Application Dependency Mapping?
Application dependency mapping means mapping everything an application depends on to function properly, including other applications, databases, libraries, or other IT components.
Using this map, organizations can adequately assess the effect of a cloud migration and implement a strategy to reduce the risks.
A data-driven, thorough analytical process must be used to acquire all relevant data needed to adequately understand underlying complexities and dependencies.
A streamlined cloud migration path is dependent on an organization’s ability to group interdependent applications and their dependencies and migrate everything at once instead of migrating just one application by itself.
How Application Dependency Mapping Ensures Smooth Cloud Migrations
In summary, properly executed application dependency mapping offers the following benefits to the cloud migration process:
- Helps to identify interdependencies of enterprise applications and all supporting infrastructure from numerous business services.
- Hastens refactoring and re-platforming efforts inclusive of digital transformation strategies.
- Assists in identifying vital relationships between business unit services and infrastructure, which improves disaster recovery strategies and execution.
- Significantly reduces the risks associated with lift-and-shift infrastructure migration to the cloud.
- Assists in identifying the business services that possess a high probability of latency problems when separated from their infrastructure dependencies.
- Helps server groups to migrate together to reduce the negative impacts on business during migration.
How KloudGaze Ensures a Smooth Cloud Migration
KloudGaze offers the industry’s first comprehensive, automated change assessment and application dependency mapping platform.
With KloudMove, a KloudGaze product, you can automatically analyze each component of your cloud migration to do the following:
- A feasibility analysis for your cloud migration process: An in-depth financial analysis comparing cloud operating costs against on-premises operations costs.
- Cloud migration recommendation – Helps determine what approach (refactoring, redevelopment, Lift & Shift, and replatforming) the asset (database or application) should use.
- Platform recommendation – Informs you of the best cloud platform to migrate to.
In short, KloudGaze can help you automatically map every database and application in your enterprise and create a powerful dependency map with smart APIs at the code level during cloud migrations. This gives organizations access to an unprecedented level of detail into the enterprise software development life cycle.
KloudGaze reveals the total picture of how thousands of application databases and the millions/billions of lines of code beneath them interact, mapping dependencies among them and providing insight into how changing a single line of code will affect your cloud migration process.
There are many issues involved in business cloud migration strategies. What are they and how can application dependency mapping ensure a smooth cloud migration process?
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