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How to keep your legacy applications when migrating to cloud

How to keep your legacy applications when migrating to cloud

Migrating to the cloud can help transform the way Professional Services organisations are run; with digital solutions, firms can offer quicker and more seamless services, in turn improving client outcomes.

The pandemic has shown that digital technology and data have become indispensable tools for professionals as they adapt to changes across their organisations. Many organisations are reassessing their plans and imagining a future where technology is used as a key enabler in helping to overcome the challenges caused by outdated IT operations and systems.

Digital transformation strategies have been put under the spotlight during the pandemic, but there’s a fair amount of work to be done before migrating to the cloud. You’ll need to understand which applications are best suited for cloud. which applications can be re-architected or re-platformed and which on-premises services can be turned off and decommissioned. These considerations need to take effect to drive efficiencies in the cloud.


How can companies benefit from cloud?

Scale on demand – The concept of the cloud lends itself perfectly to the current state the sector finds itself in. Cloud platforms can be used as needed, scaling up or down according to demand. With the pandemic ongoing, mass amounts of confidential data are being produced daily and utilising cloud platforms can ease the pressure on traditional data centres.

Drive cost savings – the flexibility of the cloud allows companies to deploy and store applications and workloads as needed. Instead of paying huge sums for on-premises infrastructure with 3 – 5 year contracts, companies only pay for what it uses, driving cost savings across the board and allowing firms to allocate money to improve services and ultimately improve the client experience.

Build the foundations for digital transformation – Cloud is the foundation on which to unlock digital transformation. As soon as this foundation is in place, firms can begin to experiment with AI and machine learning to enhance client outcomes.


How to keep your legacy applications when migrating to cloud

One issue that has previously held some organisations back from migrating to cloud is the inability to continue using legacy applications that were never designed to be able to operate in a cloud environment. Previously the only options would be to re-architect or re-platform them, both of which could be costly and time consuming. But thankfully there’s now another option.

The Azure VMware Solution enables legal firms to migrate to cloud while enabling them to continue running their legacy applications without re-platforming them. It enables IT teams to seamlessly move VMware-based workloads from the data centre to Azure and integrate VMware environments with Azure. This means you can continue to manage your existing environments with the same VMware tools you already know, while modernising your applications with Azure native services.


How to get started with AVS

Taking those first steps into cloud can seem tricky, that’s why we offer an AVS Accelerator, a high-value, low-cost solutions which can be delivered in less than 6 weeks, making it ideal if you’re on a tight deadline or don’t want to make a significant investment.

We’ll provide you with a proof of concept prior to committing to AVS for your production workloads, which will give you with full access to the VMware environment provided by AVS for a test period of 30-days.