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    I like how you can easily pair on-prem with the cloud and the cloud backup feature. I like the whole integration with on-prem and the cloud for SnapMirror relationships.
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    With Turbonomic, we were able to reduce our ESX cluster size and save money on our maintenance and license renewals. It saved us around $75,000 per year but it's a one-time reduction in VMware licensing. We don't renew the support. The ongoing savings is probably $50,000 to $75,000 a year, but there was a one-time of $200,000 plus.
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    Since we have NetApp's internally, we use the SnapMirror predominantly for this process in the cloud which is beneficial.You can change it non-disruptively. You can increase the size and decrease the size online, which is a huge benefit compared to Azure disks. It just works seamlessly. You don't need to stop the instances.
  5. Cisco has a lot of published information and documentation that helps users understand the product and its offering very well.The initial setup is fairly straightforward if you have a basic setup.
  6. For the customers I work with, it provides flexibility as far as storage is concerned, so it's security and access.
  7. The most valuable feature is the live, block-to-block replication.
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  9. Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late.
  10. Storage was taking up maybe 10 to 20% of my life at the startup, and now it takes up zero. I was personally running all the infrastructure for the company. Now that we've moved to NetApp, I don't have to worry about making sure it's up and running. It's made my life personally much better.

Cloud Migration Articles

Netanya Carmi
Content Manager
IT Central Station
Apr 12 2021

There are many benefits of cloud migration. Moving your business operations to the cloud can be cost-effective, increase productivity, and offer greater security, among other reasons to make this big change.

If you do decide to take the plunge and migrate to the cloud, you will need to carefully develop a cloud migration project plan. There are a number of cloud migration tools that will be helpful in this process. However, when considering moving to the cloud, there are also a number of risk factors that you will need to consider. These include:

1. Lack of a clear cloud migration strategy. Many people get caught up in the hype and the rush to move over to the cloud without fully thinking it through. Before you jump head-first into cloud computing, you will need to consider a number of questions and come up with a clear strategy for migrating to the cloud.

    Consider your reasons for moving to the cloud and the benefits you are hoping to achieve. Think about what and how much data you want to migrate to the cloud - there might be especially critical or sensitive data that you want to keep on-premises. Also decide how much storage you require and how many different cloud providers you might need. Don’t skip over this necessary planning stage because rushing in without a cloud migration strategy can lead to problems such as enormous expenses or system failures.

    2. Incompatibility of existing architecture.
    Cloud migration can be challenging for               companies whose businesses depend on legacy applications, which may rely on programming languages, execution environments, and system libraries that aren’t readily available in or aren’t fully supported by the cloud. If this is a problem for you, you will have to be aware of it so you can come up with architectural solutions to circumvent the issue.

      3. Security risks. These are probably the biggest risks faced by companies that are making the move to cloud computing. Migrating to the cloud involves all kinds of security risks, from compliance violations and contractual breaches to insecure APIs, accidental errors, malware, external attacks, and more. It is essential that, when moving to the cloud, you be aware of these risks and equip yourself to handle them.

        When choosing a cloud provider, look for one with a strong compliance portfolio. At the same time, you’ll need experienced DevOps engineers and a security team that can take action to ensure your data’s long-term security in the cloud. This includes the encryption of data both in transit and at rest, the configuration of a firewall, the isolation of individual workloads in order to minimize potential damage, and the training of others on maintaining data security in the cloud.

        4. Reduced Visibility and Control. Lack of visibility in the public cloud is a very real risk of cloud migration that can affect performance. When your data is stored on-premises, you have full control over all of your resources, policies, and infrastructure. But when migrating to external cloud services, some of these responsibilities move to the cloud service provider (CSP), which can result in reduced visibility for your company.

        5. Data loss. Whenever moving data to be stored in a new location, there is always a risk of it being lost. Be it due to various technical issues or due to human error, you may find some of your files to be missing, incomplete, or corrupt. Ensure that your CSP has data backup, restoration, and fallover options. It is a good idea to have your data backed up by more than one cloud provider, so you won’t have to worry about unexpected downtime by a particular provider. In addition, it is a good idea to back up all your important data on a disk as well.

          6. Incomplete deletion of data. While data loss is a real concern, there can be another issue at the other end of the spectrum. When your data is spread out over multiple storage devices, this risk is even more concerning. When you need data deleted in a timely manner but that data is saved on the same hardware as data from other clients, it’s not as simple as just destroying the disk. In addition, because procedures for deletion may differ from one provider to another, it can be difficult to verify whether your data was deleted securely and ensure that none of it remains. The more CSP services you use, the greater this threat becomes.

            7. Overspending. The pricing models of cloud providers are flexible but they can often be difficult to understand. This can and sometimes does lead to the wasted expenditure of up to 70% of cloud costs.

            There are various fees involved in cloud computing, and every provider is going to offer a different range of services and prices. It can be challenging to choose the best combination. If you don’t do the required calculations to figure out exactly what it is you need, you may end up wasting a great deal of money.

            Be sure to optimize your costs - and if you don’t know how, hire an expert to do it for you.

            8. Unwanted latency. Added latency is a risk of cloud migration that is often underestimated. A few seconds’ delay by your app can seriously damage your business. Not only is latency a cause of frustration for customers but it can gravely impact your brand reputation. There are a number of possible solutions for latency issues, but if these methods don’t work or are too expensive, it might make sense to keep some of your data on-premises.

              Conclusion

              Migrating to the cloud may well be the right move for your company. Before taking the plunge, though, make sure you have a clear cloud migration strategy and are aware of the risks of possible incompatibility of existing architecture, security threats, and reduced visibility and control. In addition, do your best to avoid data loss and/or incomplete data deletion, overspending, and added latency. If you can manage to fend off these issues, cloud migration can do wonders for your business.

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              Netanya Carmi
              Content Manager
              IT Central Station
              Mar 30 2021

              When you are considering migrating your business to the cloud, it is essential that you first weigh the many benefits of cloud migration against the risks in cloud migration. Then, before you make the move, think carefully about your goals and prepare a cloud migration strategy. There are various cloud migration tools you can look into that can help you in the migration process, but before you can choose which ones to use, you will need to figure out exactly how you want to prioritize and migrate your applications by creating a clear, systematic, and documented strategy.

              Before you decide what cloud migration strategy to use, you need to know what resources you currently have. This will establish a baseline because you can’t know where you are heading without knowing where you are starting out. It will also serve as a roadmap, and allow you to measure the success of your cloud migration after the fact.

              The most common cloud migration strategies are known as “the six Rs of migration.” They include:

              1. Rehosting - Otherwise known as “lift and shift,” this strategy involves transporting an exact copy of your stack from on-premises hosting to the cloud. This works well for businesses with a conservative company culture or without a long-term strategy for how they plan to harness advanced cloud capabilities. Rehosting is also done in a majority of cases where an organization is looking to quickly scale its migration. Rehosting can usually be automated with cloud migration tools, although you may prefer to do it manually instead. It will usually be easier to optimize or re-architect your applications once they are already running in the cloud.

              2. Replatforming - While the core architecture remains the same, this variation of lift and shift involves making some adjustments in order to optimize your landscape for the cloud. Like rehosting, this strategy is good for conservative organizations that are looking for increased system performance. You may want to migrate to a database-as-a-service platform or to a fully managed platform, which will allow you to spend less time managing database instances.

              3. Repurchasing - This involves moving your applications to a new product, which is most commonly a SaaS platform. You’ll no longer have the familiarity of your existing code and you’ll have to train your team to work on the new platform. However, if you are moving from a highly-customized legacy landscape, this might be your most cost-effective solution.

              4. Refactoring - Also known as re-architecting, this is when you rebuild your applications from scratch. Usually this strategy would be chosen due to a need to leverage cloud capabilities (such as features, performance, or scale) that are unavailable in your application’s existing environment. Refactoring can be expensive, but it offers the most compatibility with future versions. It is particularly beneficial for companies that have a good product-market fit.

              5. Retiring - After assessing your application portfolio to make sure it is cloud-ready, you may notice that some (up to 10% or even 20% of) applications aren’t useful anymore. If this is the case, you can simply turn them off. Getting rid of applications that are no longer needed will result in savings that can boost your business case and allow your team to focus its attention on the applications that really are being used.

              6. Retaining - Cloud migration doesn’t necessarily make sense for every business. If there are reasons you need to leave your data on premises or if you have an app that was recently upgraded that you are not yet ready to prioritize, don’t migrate yet! Only move to the cloud what makes sense for your business, when it makes sense for your business. If now is not the time, leave things the way they are for now, and revisit the possibility of cloud migration at another time in the future.

              The two simplest cloud migration strategies are rehosting and replatforming. If necessary, you may consider repurchasing or refactoring, which are more complicated but may be more beneficial. Once you find that an application is no longer useful, you can retire it. And if it doesn’t make sense to migrate data to the cloud at the moment, retain it where it is for now and revisit the cloud migration option at a later date.



              Netanya Carmi
              Content Manager
              IT Central Station

              Approximately 93% of today’s businesses have migrated to using cloud technology. There are many benefits to moving your digital business operations into the cloud. Although there can be some risks in cloud migration, the benefits far outweigh them. Before considering what cloud migration strategy is right for you or what cloud migration tools you might use to make this transition, let’s go over the many reasons you may be considering migrating to the cloud.

              The main benefits of migrating to the cloud include:

              1. Scalability and elasticity

              Cloud computing can easily scale up (or down) to support larger (or smaller) workloads and greater (or fewer) numbers of users, as needed. Elasticity, which enables scalability, is the ability to expand or decrease computer processing, storage resources, and memory on demand. Your server’s resources can easily be used up if you have an influx of users, but you don’t have to worry about this when you switch to the cloud. Similarly, if you want to consolidate, why continue to pay for resources you’re not using? With the cloud, scaling is automatic and you don’t have to change the amount of servers, networking equipment, etc., yourself every time.

              2. Cost-effectiveness

              When migrating to the cloud, you can significantly reduce the amount you spend on IT operations, since all maintenance and upgrades are handled by the cloud. Instead of focusing your resources on keeping things up and running, you can concentrate on other, bigger business needs, such as developing new products or improving the ones you have already.

              Be aware that cloud migration won’t inherently save you money. You will still have to carefully plan and execute your spending. However, migrating to the cloud will allow your business to shift from capital expenditure (CapEx) to operating expenditure (OpEx). This is an excellent move because it means that rather than making a huge initial investment in something that is going to depreciate in value (like on-premises hardware), you will be paying a regular ongoing cost for services (like internet), which means you have more cash in hand.

              3. Agility and Flexibility

              “Cloud agility” generally refers to the ability to develop, test, and launch business applications quickly. But at the same time, migrating to the cloud also provides you with the agility to respond quickly to changing needs.

              With the cloud, both your employees and your customers alike will be able to access data and services from anywhere. This allows you the flexibility to expand your business into new territories, go international, or allow your employees to work from home, among other things.

              4. Performance, Reliability, and Resilience

              Moving to the cloud can enable your business to improve performance and your customers’ overall user experience. If your website or app is hosted in the cloud rather than on-premises, data will not have as far to travel to reach your users. This reduces latency. At the same time, the worldwide, cutting-edge technology afforded by the cloud ensures the best possible backup of data and recovery in terms of disaster. And the cloud will bring those who need access to your tools closer, no matter where they may be.

              5. Security and Compliance

              Most big cloud providers go out of their way to consider the issues of security and compliance because they know that big companies are relying on them. You can count on them to be on top of the latest trends and updates that will keep your sensitive data safe. Keeping data in the cloud can also keep it from getting compromised, as opposed to if it is stored on a device that could get stolen or misplaced. In addition, public cloud providers will have technology and policies that go above and beyond the security that can be provided by an average organization.

              6. Simplification

              When you migrate to the cloud, your service provider is the one ensuring infrastructure is in place. This means that instead of having to spend time and resources maintaining your computer hardware and software, you and your staff can focus on running your actual business.

              Find out what your peers are saying about NetApp, Turbonomic, an IBM company, Cisco and others in Cloud Migration. Updated: August 2021.
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