New cloud infrastructure models are creating attractive opportunities to transform and modernize the application portfolio. Public cloud IaaS services enable on-demand provisioning of infrastructure for applications with highly variable utilization. Private clouds can provide the security and control needed for some applications, while also capturing the efficiencies of internally shared infrastructure. But these opportunities also create new questions for IT organizations, such as:
- Which applications are best suited for private vs. public cloud models?
- How do we provide the financial transparency needed to ensure optimal application and workload placement?
- How can we provide flexible infrastructure services that can enable migration of applications to the most efficient cloud models over time?
EMC’s new Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution provides an attractive platform for enterprises seeking to leverage the cloud to drive application transformation. The solution provides the ability to orchestrate and broker infrastructure services across VCE Vblock-based private clouds with VMware vCloud Air, Microsoft Azure, AWS, and other EMC-powered public cloud service providers. With the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution IT organizations can:
- Offer both internal and external cloud infrastructure services that provide the flexibility needed to optimize enterprise application portfolios
- Ensure interoperability and the ability to migrate workloads to the most appropriate cloud infrastructure models across the application lifecycle
- Provide visibility into infrastructure costs needed to ensure the most cost-efficient placement of applications and workloads
The EMC Professional Services organization provides the complementary capabilities and expertise IT organizations need to transform their application portfolios with the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution. In particular EMC’s Cloud Advisory Service provides an objective, data-driven approach for determining the suitability of a given application for private or public cloud models. The service also identifies the specific cloud service provider or internal environment most appropriate for an application based on a set of business, technical, and operational characteristics. Our skilled consultants also can help IT organizations develop the costing models and analyses required to determine the most cost-efficient infrastructure option for a given application.
After assessing suitability and determining optimal workload placement, the consulting team can also develop application-specific architectures and migration roadmaps. This can help IT organizations capture opportunities associated with replatforming “cloud-aware” applications that can drive cost efficiencies through operating in virtualized environments. It also can help identify opportunities to redesign applications to become “cloud native” to capture the cost efficiencies associated with elastic infrastructure.
The EMC Professional Services team recently helped a leading financial services organization assess cloud migration opportunities in conjunction with a major ITaaS transformation initiative. The engagement identified which applications and workloads were best suited for migration to public cloud environments,which should be placed in a private cloud, and which should remain in legacy environments. The engagement helped prioritize cloud migration opportunities while also identifying the ideal go-forward infrastructure strategy.
EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution and EMC Global Services provide a compelling answer for IT organizations seeking to modernize their application portfolio. Click here to learn more about how EMC can help IT organizations optimize their applications for the cloud.