The cloud enablement is a specialised exercise. While theoretically simple and straightforward, in practice it is a very complex exercise that requires deep understanding of your applications and cloud infrastructure. This is because cloud environment is generic in nature. This means not all the applications, libraries or security settings will be available on the cloud as they are available 'on-premise' systems. Often, proper documentation is not available with existing systems are especially so, if it is old or legacy. This requires investigative work as well as trial and error approach to find the right fixes.
The newly appointed system requires thorough testing before going live. This is because there is every likelihood of missing something here or there. Once gone live, you may like to have a parallel run for some time for both the cloud enabled and on premise system.
User training is integral part of a cloud enablement exercise. There are two types of training i.e. training users on using the application(s) and security. User training on applications is important because the applications may not work exactly the same way as the users are used to. On security front even though the system is secure in cloud, unlike earlier, it is still sitting in open. There are possibilities of phishing, malicious, hacking and Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks. This requires formulating and enforcing security policies.
As the Cloud Enablement Exercise is quite involved, we recommend upgrading the old and legacy applications at the same time. Typically, cloud enabling a large enterprise application or a product will take 3-6 months, from the placement of purchase order to go live. On the other hand, when clubbed with upgrade to add much needed functionality, the whole exercise may take just 6-9 months.
Envision IT will cloud enable or migrate your existing applications to cloud. We work with all major technologies e.g. Microsoft, Oracle, Big Data etc. On Cloud Vendor front, we can migrate the application to Azure, AWS (Amazon Web Services), Oracle, Private Cloud Providers and Hybrid Cloud formations. We will migrate the applications as well as data. At the time of writing this page, all major cloud vendors offers 'servers hosted in Australia'. In general, hosting within Australia is a bit more expensive. You can enable automated back ups and data retention on the cloud. Further, we can automate use of cloud to optimise cost and performance characteristics. This would be especially useful when your application or product has huge variations during the day, week, month or year.
As mentioned above, Cloud Enabling is a major exercise. It is for this reason we recommend making use of this opportunity to upgrade your applications, product and data to newer technologies. For example, you may like provide the users apps or automate reporting. This will result in systems that are easy to use, accessible, fast, efficient and highly productive. Based on our experience, we expect a large enterprise project to take 6-9 months from concept to go live stage. This includes rigorous testing and database migration.
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