Cloud migration is an essential part of modernizing core IT systems, yet enterprises that are adding cloud-based solutions to their traditional IT mix are finding that holistic control of these hybrid environments can be elusive, resulting in higher cost and risk.
Forrester analysts, Bill Martorelli and Lauren Nelson, recently evaluated 20 cloud migration technology providers who can help IT organizations set an effective cloud migration strategy. In the report, Forrester suggests three key takeaways for organizations looking to develop and execute a cloud-first strategy:
- Organizations can improve their migration effectiveness and efficiency with cloud migration technology.
- Organizations should select vendors based on size and functionality.
- Organizations should plan to be proactive in using cloud migration technology.
In the report, Forrester states that “Cloud migration technologies support functions that include application discovery, dependency mapping and financial modeling as well as the actual movement of the workload itself to the intended cloud environment. These are distinct from migration service from service companies and from the core migration services of the cloud suppliers.”
Key benefits of these technologies include:
- A balance between anticipated cloud benefits and the cost to get there.
- An extend in value from pure lift-and-shift migrations.
- Complement migration services from services firms
The report suggests that companies should select vendors based on size and functionality (small, medium or large). They have further designated two functional categories – a) Discovery and Planning, and b) Workload Mobility. Discovery and planning tools aid with migration strategy and planning. This is the functional group in which they have placed CAST.
Forrester describes cloud Discovery and Planning tools as “illuminating the migration strategy and planning process by discovering dependencies between applications and infrastructure elements, providing guidance about the financial implications of migration strategy, and conducting workload analysis or even technical analysis of application code.”
Both CAST Highlight and CAST AIP fall into this category and provide a scope of capabilities for different organizations at various stages of the modernization process.
The table below further articulates the capabilities that fall within the Discovery and Planning category, as well as the Workload Mobility bucket. CAST is particularly strong in providing Discovery, Reporting and Planning, Sizing and Application Code Analysis.
Bottom line, if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of individuals responsible for overseeing and executing a cloud migration strategy, technology providers are here to help you plan for success and deliver with confidence. A small, but agile player with multiple capabilities, CAST is the only provider that leverages Software Intelligence to deliver a rapid understanding of software architecture to get you to the promise land.