The benefits of transitioning to cloud-based solutions are already known to most businesses. However, the journey into the cloud may not be so obvious to them, nor the critical details that everyone needs to know in order to find the right solutions for ensuring efficiency and business continuity at the same time.
For Softline, migrating an on-premise or hybrid environment to the cloud always starts with a thorough, comprehensive assessment and planning phase. Besides the analysis of the existing infrastructure, our Cloud Assessment service also provides a solid foundation for making important decisions regarding several issues, such as the proper migration method and time as well as the positioning of each workload in the cloud—whether it’s a simple database, a virtual machine, or even a modern application or microservice. After a detailed hardware and software inventory assessment, we will also interview individual employees and managers of your business to help reduce any risks, while also improving efficiency.
The Cloud Assessment will guide you through each step of your migration journey, including discovering virtual machines, optimising their use of resources and integrating them with Azure services. By using this solution, you can not only migrate individual virtual machines, but also complete clusters and applications, even in a single step.
Our Cloud Assessment Light service can help to accelerate the migration process, as it will make a full discovery of both hardware and software assets in your on-premise infrastructure, including any environmental dependencies. Using Azure Compatibility Analysis, you can easily and accurately determine the professional approach and preparations necessary for migrating your deployed systems. In an optimal scenario, your environment can be moved into the cloud in a single step, without any modifications; however, there are some typically special instances that may be exceptions.
Our Cloud Assessment Heavy offering includes an assessment and analysis of both the costs (including the costs of infrastructure, migration and operations) and the expected TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and ROI (Return on Investment). With this, customers gain a comprehensive view of their migration process and expected costs at the very first step, which makes a great contribution to their ability to plan ahead, and hence to set out their specific business objectives. The result of the assessment is a detailed timeline and roadmap, including a description of the architecture required for the migration as well as a list of the necessary tools.
For customers who already use Microsoft Azure cloud services, we offer our Azure Health Checkup service. Azure Health Checkup, now available free of charge until June 30th, provides a comprehensive assessment of your existing Azure cloud-based environment in just 4 weeks, while also highlighting any unnecessary expenses and issues related to performance, security and compliance. By understanding these factors, you can easily improve your cloud operations to reduce costs, and increase both the performance and the security of your environment, all at the same time.