There is a lot of momentum in moving enterprise workloads to the cloud. Who are the players here? What have you used? What are the things to look out for when working with these guys? (e.g. Velostrata)

Cloud - To date we've taken on the challenge of migrating enterprise applications to the cloud ourselves – an endeavor in which we have been successful, however we have taken some steps that would make migration a bit more seamless (though perhaps not necessarily cost efficient – more on that in a bit). These "steps" refer to an engagement we have begun with a vendor called "Platform9" to transform our existing on-premise hosting infrastructure, and additionally an on-premise Cloudstack-based private cloud, to an OpenStack and Kubernetes based platform that Platform9 manages as a service. Once these environments are leveraging these open source cloud frameworks, workloads can be moved to public cloud providers such as AWS. The caveat here (beware!) is that these applications are merely "lifted and shifted" into the public cloud and would not be "public cloud aware" architectures – meaning running the workloads there are likely inefficient and could actually be more expensive. Thus, moving the workloads in this manner should only be considered a first step; subsequent steps must re-architect the environment to fully take advantage of the spend optimization that can be achieved in the public cloud.

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Pulse User

To date we've taken on the challenge of migrating enterprise applications to the cloud ourselves – an endeavor in which we have been successful, however we have taken some steps that would make migration a bit more seamless (though perhaps not necessarily cost efficient – more on that in a bit). These "steps" refer to an engagement we have begun with a vendor called "Platform9" to transform our existing on-premise hosting infrastructure, and additionally an on-premise Cloudstack-based private cloud, to an OpenStack and Kubernetes based platform that Platform9 manages as a service. Once these environments are leveraging these open source cloud frameworks, workloads can be moved to public cloud providers such as AWS. The caveat here (beware!) is that these applications are merely "lifted and shifted" into the public cloud and would not be "public cloud aware" architectures – meaning running the workloads there are likely inefficient and could actually be more expensive. Thus, moving the workloads in this manner should only be considered a first step; subsequent steps must re-architect the environment to fully take advantage of the spend optimization that can be achieved in the public cloud.

Pulse User

Disclaimer: I'm an advisor I'd take a look at PrimaryIO. They actually profile the application from an I/O standpoint and give you a comprehensive view into whether it makes sense or not.

Pulse User

To be honest I’ve had the experience of working with a variety of companies that are recommended by the top tier cloud providers to help move workloads. My experience has left much to be desired and I think companies are better off investing in training their people to learn how to do this themselves.