Numerous analysts, business articles, and pundits highlight digital transformation and modernization for its cost reduction and innovation acceleration. Businesses that have successfully made transitions have seen a six (6) fold increase innovation, as well as 60% to 80% capital and operational expense savings. Furthermore, a modernized application delivers an average of $7.5 million in additional revenue versus a non-modernized legacy application (IDC).
In truth, migration and modernization has had a significant impact on business growth and operational expense reduction. The question that arises is how to bridge the gap between legacy and modern environments, while managing migration cost and service expense. Frequently, this transformation needs involvement from the most valuable, senior members of the team, who are tasked with other priorities as well. Given that digital transformation and modernization has been a challenging and difficult manual journey, organizations are severely limited at the pace they can modernize their datacenter.
The existing services approach is lengthy, cost intensive, and not scalable. Automating digital transformation and application modernization is an absolute necessity to keep up with the pace of business. Despite automation, migrating applications serially for enterprise companies could still take years or worse, be a never-ending task.
Measuring the success of your digital transformation and modernization journey can be tricky. Judging success versus an incumbent peer group can be an excellent measure, but can lead to a false sense of security. Without legacy baggage, new entrants are leveraging modern approaches to cloud and applications to accelerate their business at growth rates never before achieved. With full situational awareness of both, incumbents and new entrants, enterprises need a comprehensive solution to map the entire application. An application is comprised of several servers, data distributed across them and external storage systems, which are interconnected with network and security policies. This complete application schema needs to be translated into a modernized application platform.
Modern applications that are modernized have the following characteristics of:
AppPorter analyzes applications and their data dependencies, translates each application into a modern container, and imports the fully functioning application, free of dependencies, into the cloud, without rewriting any code. Legacy applications, such as Siebel and Oracle, can easily be modernized and transitioned into the cloud in a matter of days versus months with the traditional services-oriented approach.
Since VMs have an abstraction layer which decouples it from its underlying dependencies and has a defined application specific interface (API), migrating a VM is relatively straightforward. However, the challenge is to capture the metadata associated with the data source, network settings, and security policies prior to migration, to maintain coherency post migration.
Containers are divided into three engines 1) a compute engine, 2) a data engine, and 3) a network engine. Each container tool alone offers only partial solution and, subsequently, has significant dependencies on other layers that must be considered. AppPorter analyzes a container or container group and catalogs their current state and cross-layer (Application, OS, & Infrastructure) dependencies, as well as any associated security policies. After translation, the container is modernized and encapsulated with all necessary container engines and dependencies included. The encapsulated container can now be migrated between any cloud or on-prem environment and executed without any recoding, architecture modifications, or manual intervention.
Two applications prior to their installation will be identical; however, each upon entering operational service will immediately began to diverge and become unique in only a short order. The complexity becomes more challenging, as a Legacy Application can be in service for decades. As time passes, it becomes increasingly multifarious, as the application environment becomes customized with application upgrades, application modifications, operation system patches and upgrades, infrastructure revisions, and other induced system variations. To further complicate matters, modifications, upgrades, and other alterations are not consistently recorded, leaving an incomplete record of an application’s history for those that manage and maintain it.
With extensive modifications and an incomplete historical record, migration presents the traditional service-oriented migration approach with a proverbial “Gordian Knot,’ for which there is rarely an elegant solution. Most often a time consuming brute force methodology is employed to identify and catalog modifications and dependencies; however, this time intensive and expensive manual approach often delivers an incomplete migration with numerous unexplained operational issues even after robust testing.
An automated, systematic, and cost effective approach is needed to produce a perfect reproduction of a legacy application. It also must not only include the application itself, but also its data and storage repositories, network configurations, and security settings and policies, as well as any other unknown dependencies to be a comprehensive reproduction. AppOrbit’s AppPorter automates the systematic analyzation of an application. It catalogs every detail of an application and its dependencies to produce an exact application duplicate. After translating the application and encapsulating it with all necessary dependencies, the application can be easily migrated to another on-premise node, enterprise data center, cloud service, or hybrid cloud environment.
Technology has been a competitive differentiator for many enterprise companies. With the advent of cloud services, technology, which has historically been available to only Fortune 500 companies, is now accessible to all businesses. It has leveled the technology playing field for many businesses and has also highlighted the innovation acceleration provided by modernized application environments.
Companies, with custom developed proprietary applications, can maintain their competitive differentiation and accelerate their capabilities by migrating their custom application into a modern, scalable, and portable environment. AppOrbit’s AppPorter can analyze custom applications and their dependencies and translate them into modern environment to accelerate innovation and extend competitive differentiation.