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    Why Lift & Shift Is Not As Easy As It Sounds For Your Cloud Infrastructure – And Where To Get Help

    October 22, 2020

    As more frequent and severe storms hit the U.S. each year, sea level rise and coastal flooding is a growing threat to communities and individuals. In fact, nearly 14.6 million properties are at risk of flooding nationally, according to a new flood model* released earlier this year. One way vulnerable homeowners are dealing with this threat is by elevating their houses – lifting them completely off the ground and adding a new raised foundation. Sounds complicated, but it can usually be done in two to three months, with the homeowner only having to vacate the house for two or three days.

    The same idea applies to cloud adoption when a business wants to move their IT infrastructure to the public cloud. There’s an approach known as “lift and shift” for transferring an application or operation from one environment to another, without pausing to redesign the app or operations workflow. But is that the best migration plan? And could it prove costly in the long run – both financially and operationally?

    To help companies deal with these uncertainties, Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) unveiled its NextGen Managed AWS team, with sole responsibility to architect, develop, deliver, and continuously improve customers’ AWS solutions and engage with them throughout the Cloud Adoption Lifecycle.

    A long-time AWS Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner, Sungard AS consistently meets the criteria of a rigorous independent audit while focusing on the delivery of resilient, recoverable IT solutions on AWS. The company’s change in structure and approach combines its top AWS experts into a singular organization to support customers in their consumption of Amazon Web Services, putting AWS experts front and center to consult and lead the design of well-architected AWS solutions.

    For example, one of the primary benefits of moving to cloud is the ability to move quickly, and no doubt many organizations are reaping the benefits of increased agility. However, this sometimes comes with an unhealthy case of sticker shock. The expectation is that “cloud will be cheaper,” and it can be, if you are able to make best use of the features that hyperscale cloud provides. Without the proper analysis and preparation, organizations face a two-fold dilemma:

    1) Knowing where to start; and

    2) Not knowing what you don’t know.

    Add in complexity that can be introduced by mergers and acquisitions and this may be a recurring theme, once again causing delays. Sungard AS’ new Cloud Readiness Assessment – a no-risk, one-time project to address those problems – is the NextGen AWS team’s first service.

    A Cloud Readiness Assessment provides deep analysis of an existing environment and then delivers an architectural design, cost proposal and migration plan. Sungard AS AWS experts will analyze a customer’s environment to determine:

    • Current configuration and utilization
    • Application stacks and traffic flow
    • How to optimize their IT environment for cloud

    To start with, an analysis of traffic flow serves as the basis for finding those undocumented systems that are quietly keeping a business running, or conversely burning cost for no benefit. Once the current state of an environment is understood, Sungard AS can then architect the replacement environment present customers with a detailed Solutions Document which includes:

    • Architectural and solution diagrams
    • A comprehensive migration plan with estimated timelines
    • Reliable cost estimates
    • Identified savings opportunities through rightsizing

    A Cloud Readiness Assessment can easily be added as a one-time option to a business’s contract. The fee will be credited to the customer’s Managed AWS account if they commit to a minimum 1-year Managed Cloud — AWS contract.

    For other cloud solutions and hybrid IT, the Sungard AS NextGen Managed AWS Service team has full responsibility for the product strategy and direction, roadmap, and customer experiences. Their roadmap will be guided by customer requirements, which will be evaluated and implemented where feasible. The team is charged to use their expertise to identify and implement solutions that align with AWS best practices and the five pillars of the AWS Well Architected Framework: Security, Performance Efficiency, Reliability, Operational Excellence, and Cost Optimization.

    There are many different paths leading to a successful hybrid IT strategy. If you are looking for support on any of these options, Sungard AS can provide a proper analysis of your current IT state. Visit www.sungardas.com to learn more about how Sungard AS can help you manage your complex Hybrid IT needs with a suite of public and private cloud services. For more details on the Sungard AS NextGen Managed Service approach, click here.

    *See First Street Foundation Flood Model, Q2 2020.

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