Fear not: cloud migration isn’t the boogieman you might think

March 9, 2017

Tom Nikl

It seems like one of the most consistent positions on moving to the public cloud is this: “We realize all the business benefits that we’d gain by being in the public cloud, but there are some substantial challenges that we’re worried about and it’s really slowing us down.” At Velostrata, we get it: cloud migration can seem like an overwhelming, failure-prone proposition, no matter what benefits might lay at the end of the rainbow.

In fact, Velostrata’s deep understanding of these fears and challenges is what led us to build Velostrata in the first place. We’re tailor-made to break down these challenges and get you- yes, you- into the public cloud quickly, easily, and safely. So, let’s talk about some of the most common challenges.

I’m afraid it’s going to take forever!

Except for Velostrata (of course), every other migration solution on the market relies on a replication-based architecture. It’s basically the brute force equivalent of “copy and paste” for your migration to the cloud. For anyone who’s ever hit ctrl-v on a big folder across a network (read: everyone in IT), you know the burden of watching the progress bar cross a metaphorical ocean.

We knew this would be a big concern for those considering cloud migration, which is why Velostrata relied on 15+ years of WAN optimization experience to create unprecedented speed in cloud migrations. After going through our quick wizard, Velostrata gets workloads running in the cloud within a matter of minutes. Yes, you read that correctly: minutes.

We do that by automatically figuring out the small set of data a workload needs to boot and transferring that to the cloud first, and then transferring the rest quietly in the background. It’s the difference between workloads running in minutes versus hours/days. Data can then transfer in the background while your applications are up and running in the cloud, capturing and syncing new data writes so you can avoid the complicated synchronization that must happen with replication-based tools.

I’m afraid of vendor-lock in!

It’s a real concern for enterprise IT that if they stake a claim in any given public cloud, it’ll basically be a one-way trip. Not that their intention is to leave that cloud, but it gives an enterprise pause knowing that if they migrate to a cloud there isn’t an easy way to return on-premises or migrate to a different cloud later. This fear is rational: most of us don’t like doing things when we know there isn’t a solid contingency plan if things go wrong.

Except you can have a solid contingency plan if things go wrong: Velostrata! When you trust Velostrata with your cloud migration to AWS or Azure, you’re able to move workloads back on-premises or to another cloud with just a few clicks and a few minutes of wait time. It’s a simple, seamless way to make sure you’ve always got cloud vendor and/or on-prem rollback options.

I’m afraid my stuff won’t run well in the cloud!

Testing is a crucial component of any cloud migration project, but sometimes it is so burdensome to get something up and running in the cloud once that doing it multiple times before the actual migration scares people away. Imagine having to wait ten hours to migrate an app into the cloud for testing only to realize something went wrong, and you’ve got to spend another ten hours re-migrating that app again? Painful- we know.

With Velostrata, we’ve already covered how quickly we get apps running in the cloud and testing is no exception. Not only do we get your applications running in the cloud with lightning speed, but you can also dynamically change the instance type if you need a bigger or smaller VM (based on performance tuning). Plus, we have unique built-in capabilities that let you test application clones in the cloud that are completely independent from your production system. Meaning you can test the real application in the cloud without impacting your end users, introducing downtime, or interfering with your production data set.

I’m afraid my migration will fail outright!

We wish we could tell you this has never happened, but it has. The challenges above (and other factors) lead to cloud migrations that stall, get scrapped midway through, or fail outright. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that a lot of these previous cloud migration failures weren’t because it couldn’t be done, but because the right tool wasn’t made available to the enterprise at the time. Have you ever tried to change a flat tire with a blow dryer? Exactly. It’s not that you can’t change the flat tire- you just can’t do it with a blow dryer. You need the right tools.

And that, as you might have guessed, is where Velostrata comes in again. We’re built to support cloud migrations and cloud workload mobility– period. Our goal isn’t just to get you into the public cloud, but to get you there quickly, easily, and safely. And, in such a way that you can architect the cloud that works best for you, and with the option to try out other clouds or return on-prem any time you’d like.

We’d love to show you exactly how Velostrata can substantially reduce your cloud migration challenges. We’ve got a great video that shows us migrating a multi-tier application to Azure and another video that showcases our pre-migration testing capabilities. And, of course, you can always drop us a line directly, too.