Migration Methodology

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A migration is moving any set of resources or software, applications, server workloads to any other place. So typically when we talk about migrations, we’re talking about either a migration from on-premise, which is in a data center maybe using colocation, into the AWS cloud. It can be moving from other clouds to AWS. it can be moving data on its own, it could be IoT data, it could be data lakes, it could be just vast EBS volumes that you’re moving to AWS, whatever it takes to get you there is what comprises a migration. Once you’re in AWS obviously modernizing your workload, taking advantage of all the systems that are in AWS opens up a wealth of possibilities. 

Our cloud migration and modernization practice is really about helping our customers take advantage of the features that are available in the cloud and focusing on a cloud native approach using their existing application architecture. So it’s sort of bridging the gap between these two worlds. It’s slightly more complicated because it’s typically running software or programs that are based on non cloud native design decisions. What Caylent can do as part of that modernization effort is take what they have already, figure out how to tweak it, change it, make it more cloud native, and then help move it into the AWS cloud using those new paradigms. 

As you migrate you need to be taking advantage of these new features. One of the things that helps us down that path is automating some of those migration strategies. Instead of just picking up every server that you have in your data center and just shoveling it into the cloud, which really just means you’re using the cloud as another data center. What we want to do is transform it as it’s moving over into the cloud so that you get to take advantage of serverless and containers, without having to completely redesign your application.

Modernizing your workload as you migrate to AWS is going to give you the most success. Taking advantage of AWS services like Amazon RDS, Elastic Load Balancing, might seem simple, but they really make moving to and taking advantage of AWS that much easier by unlocking cost efficiencies and increasing velocity as you deploy your workloads. Lift and shift exists, there are reasons to use it, but you’re typically bringing along technical debt. The mistakes that you’ve made in the past, the workarounds that you’ve had to make in your data center are brought with you in a lift and shift migration. Alternatively, with Caylent’s approach of modernizing during your migration, we’re setting you up for future success. 

The way that Caylent really helps with migrations is first understanding the business outcome you are driving towards:

  • Migrating to get better efficiency? 
  • Migrating to reduce costs? 
  • Migrating to get better scalability and resiliency of your infrastructure?

When we look at migrations, we look at all the different ways to migrate and modernize your applications in the most cost effective way, but also in a way that actually gets the business outcome that you are looking to achieve. We take a “customer first” approach and that’s the approach that Caylent likes to lead with.

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