Transfer critical infrastructure elements, applications, and workloads from any platform into the cloud with Sentinel’s Migration Services.
There are many advantages to hosting all or part of your organization’s IT environment in the cloud, including improvements in business agility and productivity, as well as lower overall risks and operational costs. Unfortunately, the cloud migration process requires deep technical expertise and smart planning to avoid unnecessary complications and downtime. Sentinel has extensive experience assisting all types of organizations with a safe and secure migration into public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. Our streamlined approach utilizes tools and strategies intended to simplify the transition while saving you time and money.
The cloud migration process typically takes place over multiple phases:
Don’t migrate a portion of your environment into the cloud without a good reason. At Sentinel we refer to this as prescriptive cloud. Cloud strategy and consumption requires careful thought and planning to set goals and monitor progress so everything stays on track, on budget, and maximizes the benefit to your organization. Sentinel works with your team to establish which applications and hardware would be best served by moving them into the cloud, particularly as your business looks toward future growth, improved productivity levels, and/or the development of a standardized architecture.
We collect details about your network and environment in order to better understand your needs and anticipate any challenges during the migration process. This also helps us determine what approach to take when migrating each piece of your portfolio, as complexity, architecture, and licensing agreements tend to be different for every application.
Design, Migrate, Validate
Each individual application gets an in-depth analysis to optimize its design, migration, and validation for the cloud. Applications can fall into one of six categories: rehost, replatform, repurchase, refactor, retire, and retain. What’s best for one application isn’t best for all, and as migrations begin Sentinel collaborates with your team to streamline the process and adapt to complexity or new challenges.
As applications, workloads, and other infrastructure elements are migrated to the cloud, your organization settles into a new, more advanced operating model. Older and outdated systems get phased out or eliminated and the focus shifts to consistent improvement of your people, processes, and technology. Sentinel offers Managed Cloud services that handle regular maintenance and updates to ensure your organization gets the most out of its cloud investments.
There are six common application migration strategies Sentinel can assist your organization with:
A basic process that moves a large portion or an entire application directly from an on premise or previously existing cloud environment into a new cloud environment. Also known as lift and shift, this is a quick and easy way to migrate applications with minimal modification or disruption.
Similar in scope to rehosting, the replatform process involves making small changes to applications prior to their migration in order to optimize them for the new cloud environment.
Instead of dealing with the challenges associated with a full migration, a repurchase strategy allows your organization to replace certain solutions with new or different ones that might be better suited to your specific cloud environment and business goals. These are often easy to implement and come with feature upgrades.
Restructure or recode a significant portion of an application to take advantage of cloud frameworks and features. This advanced, resource-intensive process can be difficult, but the long-term productivity boost and cost benefits often make it worth the trouble.
Identify and eliminate any non-essential applications or solutions in order to free up resources and focus on more important areas.
Not every application is ready for the cloud. Some might be better suited to an on premise environment. Others might have just received an upgrade and your organization wants to wait a while before making another major change such as cloud migration.