Migrate to the cloud with confidence

Organizations today are changing how they run their businesses to ensure safety and efficiency. As we work closely with our customers, their top priorities include optimizing business costs, scaling for a remote workforce, and ensuring business continuity. As a result, cloud migration remains a priority and partners play a critical role.

To support your cloud migration projects, we are committed to solutions that optimize costs, scale efficiencies, and bring unmatched security and compliance. We have amazing offers, like Azure Hybrid Benefit, reserved instances, and free extended security updates to help our customers save money. Azure also delivers the lowest total cost of ownership for Windows Server and SQL Server workloads, with up to 3x better performance over AWS (GigaOm1).

We are also seeing increasing adoption of specialized workloads like the Azure VMware Solution as customers look to migrate their entire IT estate to Azure. Lastly, Azure does all of this while remaining flexible, so customers can extend their on-premises investments and leverage them as they move to the cloud. The new Azure Stack HCI preview is one example that we just announced.

Today, we’re sharing new Azure services that help accelerate migration.

Leverage new Azure infrastructure services to migrate workloads efficiently

Meeting your business and budget needs continues to be a priority. Migrate your customers’ mission and business critical workloads with confidence by taking advantage of new compute capabilities. For example, new Azure VMs, featuring Intel 2nd generation Intel Xeon Platinum (Cascade Lake) processors, for general purpose and memory intensive workloads are now available. These VMs series offer up to 20 percent greater CPU performance and better overall price-per-core performance compared to the prior generation. We also introduced a new category of VMs—currently in preview—which lowers the price of entry since it does not include a local temporary disk.

In addition, the AMD EPYC™-based Dav4 and Eav4 Azure Virtual Machine series, which provides increased scalability (up to 96vCPUs), are now generally available in additional regions. With these new VM sizes, you can benefit from a greater range in underlying processor technologies. Choose the best solution for your customers, all while increasing cost-effectiveness and achieve significant run-time acceleration.

Along with Azure Virtual Machines, innovations in block storage expand Azure capabilities even further, enabling customers to migrate more workloads and applications to the cloud in a seamless way. With shared disks (now generally available), Azure Disk Storage allows partners to easily migrate customers’ on-premises clustered applications like SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) and enterprise applications running on on-premises Storage Area Network (SAN). Benefit from increased disk storage security with Azure Private Links integration (preview), allowing you to transfer data securely over a virtual private network (VPN). Plus, improved flexibility with the ability to increase disk performance independent of size (preview) helps you meet your workload needs and reduce costs.

One of our partners, Pure Storage, is leveraging shared disks to build their own cloud native solution, Cloud Block Store for Azure (currently in beta preview), to help their customers migrate mission-critical applications to Azure. Additionally, benefit from increased disk storage security with Azure Private Links integration, allowing you to transfer data securely over a virtual private network.

Optimizing and addressing the scalability of remote connectivity continues to be top of mind for our partners and customers. Since we announced transit capabilities with Azure Virtual WAN as the first in the public cloud back in 2018, the interest to take advantage of Azure when building branch networks has grown rapidly. To provide the flexibility that our customers need, last week we announced the ability to host third-party network virtual appliances within the Virtual WAN hubs (in preview). Barracuda is the first Virtual WAN partner to bring the advantage of this deep integration allowing customers to take advantage of the Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SDWAN) to improve performance while taking advantage of existing investments and skills.

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What are the benefits of cloud migration? Reasons you should migrate

The moving of applications, databases and other business elements from the local server to the cloud server called cloud migration. This article will deal with migration techniques, requirement and the benefits of cloud migration.

In simple terms, moving from local to the public cloud server is called cloud migration. Gartner says 17.5% revenue growth as promised in cloud migration and also has a forecast for 2022 as shown in the following image.

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Multi-cloud Spending: 8 Tips To Lower Cost

A multi-cloud approach is nothing but leveraging two or more cloud platforms for meeting the various business requirements of an enterprise. The multi-cloud IT environment incorporates different clouds from multiple vendors and negates the dependence on a single public cloud service provider. Thus enterprises can choose specific services from multiple public clouds and reap the benefits of each.

Given its affordability and agility, most enterprises opt for a multi-cloud approach in cloud computing now. A 2018 survey on the public cloud services market points out that 81% of the respondents use services from two or more providers. Subsequently, the cloud computing services market has reported incredible growth in recent times. The worldwide public cloud services market is all set to reach $500 billion in the next four years, according to IDC.

By choosing multi-cloud solutions strategically, enterprises can optimize the benefits of cloud computing and aim for some key competitive advantages. They can avoid the lengthy and cumbersome processes involved in buying, installing and testing high-priced systems. The IaaS and PaaS solutions have become a windfall for the enterprise’s budget as it does not incur huge up-front capital expenditure.

However, cost optimization is still a challenge while facilitating a multi-cloud environment and a large number of enterprises end up overpaying with or without realizing it. The below-mentioned tips would help you ensure the money is spent wisely on cloud computing services.

  • Deactivate underused or unattached resources

Most organizations tend to get wrong with simple things which turn out to be the root cause for needless spending and resource wastage. The first step to cost optimization in your cloud strategy is to identify underutilized resources that you have been paying for.

Enterprises often continue to pay for resources that have been purchased earlier but are no longer useful. Identifying such unused and unattached resources and deactivating it on a regular basis brings you one step closer to cost optimization. If needed, you can deploy automated cloud management tools that are largely helpful in providing the analytics needed to optimize the cloud spending and cut costs on an ongoing basis.

  • Figure out idle instances

Another key cost optimization strategy is to identify the idle computing instances and consolidate them into fewer instances. An idle computing instance may require a CPU utilization level of 1-5%, but you may be billed by the service provider for 100% for the same instance.

Every enterprise will have such non-production instances that constitute unnecessary storage space and lead to overpaying. Re-evaluating your resource allocations regularly and removing unnecessary storage may help you save money significantly. Resource allocation is not only a matter of CPU and memory but also it is linked to the storage, network, and various other factors.

  • Deploy monitoring mechanisms

The key to efficient cost reduction in cloud computing technology lies in proactive monitoring. A comprehensive view of the cloud usage helps enterprises to monitor and minimize unnecessary spending. You can make use of various mechanisms for monitoring computing demand.

For instance, you can use a heatmap to understand the highs and lows in computing visually. This heat map indicates the start and stop times which in turn lead to reduced costs. You can also deploy automated tools that help organizations to schedule instances to start and stop. By following a heatmap, you can understand whether it is safe to shut down servers on holidays or weekends.

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Cloud Migration Strategy

Cloud storage is the new hype word in the technology world. The process of migrating to cloud server from the local server is tedious. It involves many strategies in successful cloud migration. This article is aimed at educating the readers about the cloud migration strategy that is in use.

Before migrating your data or application to the cloud, you must understand that the process involves challenges. Your migration strategy should be well-planned and executed that aligns with your line of business. Moving of data application first in the cloud is solely based on the readiness and appropriateness of your application and data.

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Cloud Migration Services

If you’re looking for a fast track Cloud Migration Services to assist with your migration to the public cloud, then 4 Way Technologies is the first name. We offer reliable services for your business.
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Migration From On-Premise to AWS Cloud

At the beginning of 2019, cloud adoption was one of the key topics on top of my agenda. As such, we started developing a centralized cloud strategy with the objective to use it as the foundation for governing our evolution for the next few years.

“First Things First”

Our cloud strategy included both, the migration of our existing legacy systems as well as building new cloud-native Microservices platform.

For the migration of our existing on-premise legacy systems, we have determined what should be in our target environment and the migration strategy for each application. That brought us to adopt a combination of different approaches, in alignment with some of “The 5 R’s” that Gartner outlined in 2011.

My focus in this article is around the re-platforming approach (lift, tinker and shift)

Design. Design. Design. Migrate. Validate. Repeat. Cutover. Operate.

In summary this is how we did it and I believe this simple approach increased our chances of success.

Design. Design. Design.

Choose the Right Candidate

We had few critical business applications falling under the re-platforming option, and for us there were a few candidate applications to migrate first because of what the benefits migration can bring to business in terms of availability, security, performance and other factors.

We knew that for the first migration, we have to choose the right candidate for POC and pilot testing. When we started, the rule of thumb was to choose an application that is:

  • the easiest to migrate,
  • the most likely to fulfill the criteria of success,
  • and the least prone to failure.

However, in our case what actually happened was different. we started with the applications that were the most business-critical and which had the biggest impact on business. We realized that we had to move fast with these applications when we experienced a major data center outage and for an entire day we could not serve our users and our business partners. That is when we decided that we have to move these business-critical applications in the cloud-first and we have to move them fast.

Choose the Right Cloud Platform

We chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) as our cloud provider because it provided us with the greatest scale and the broadest set of services and features. I will take you through the key reasons why we chose to move to AWS cloud.

  • Their global footprint and high availability in each region
  • We pay only for the compute power, storage, and other resources we use.
  • Better performance and response time for hardware and software
  • Opportunity to upgrade security, with an end-to-end approach to secure and harden our infrastructure.
  • Opportunity to re-architect our solutions in the cloud and have access to agility to transform our solutions into cloud-native architecture.
  • Having 95% of our systems on Oracle DB, it was an important factor in moving into RDS the AWS managed DB workloads.
  • On AWS we can define the infrastructure as code using cloud formation and other tools
  • We can spin-off environments in minutes and We can do that with no capex
  • It allows us to automate CI/CD with less effort and following best practices giving simpler deployment process with higher availability and security.
  • Using AWS tools allow us to have auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing, based on demand.

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