Migrating to the Cloud?

Operating in the cloud is great. Getting there is another story.

Few can dispute the benefits of operating in the cloud with its cost savings, business agility, and operational efficiencies. But migrating all your operations, workloads, applications, and data from on-premises servers (or even from another cloud) can be significantly more challenging, costly, and risk-prone. In fact, Dimensional Research’s 2017 Cloud Migration Survey found that while 96% of those surveyed were moving applications to the cloud, over 50% of them were exceeding both the projected time and budget to complete the project.

2017 Cloud Migration Research Findings

96% are migrating apps to the cloud.

62% of initial migrations are more difficult than than expected or fail.

73% expect migration to take more than a year.

64% late
64% completed their application migration project late.

55% Over Budget
55% stated migration projects exceeded the budgets.

Ironically, conventional approaches to cloud “migrations” are based on the idea that applications and data should be replicated rather than simply moved gracefully and intelligently. As a result, complex workflows (and the intensive planning required to design and implement them) are created to replicate everything into the cloud first and then reconstruct a duplicate image in the cloud.

Only after the duplicate image is fully synced with the original (to add changes that occurred during replication) can the official cutover to the application in the cloud take place. As logical as it might seem, this approach has a number of hidden flaws that often end up hindering both the project and its business objectives. Here are a few reasons why:

  • To create identical working replicas of all your servers, apps, and data, you need real-time awareness of the various system components, their dependencies, and how they interact with your data.
  • Replication requires considerable time, resources and testing. And by the time this is completed, the replica is already out of date which means more syncing, checking and rechecking. Meanwhile your timeline keeps expanding.
  • Cutover is stressful, requires downtime, and is often unpredictable, thus making it difficult to get line-of-business buy-in. And for international enterprises operating around the clock, there is never a convenient schedule for extended downtime.

Migrate, Don’t Replicate!

Velostrata’s agentless streaming technology speeds up the migration process and handles all the hidden processes and data components that replication methods often miss. And, when Velostrata migrates your system, we optimize your transmissions over the WAN with technologies like de-dupe, caching, and our patented data streaming. Because Velostrata is fast, simple, and automated, it ensures your new cloud implementation faithfully matches what you had before–but now at lower cost and with greater reliability and performance.


You should be, and we encourage that. Especially if you have battle scars from previous migrations. So stop by our booth at AWS re:Invent or contact us and tell us your biggest fears and concerns and we’ll explain how migration without agents or replication can work for you. You’ll be surprised at how fast, easy and safe it is. And to reassure your inner skeptic, our production quality, rapid proof-of-concept lets you test drive the real thing before you make any final moves.

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