We’re thrilled to be part of the AWS Migration Hub!

Racemi is celebrating another milestone in our partnership with Amazon Web Services. During today’s keynote at the AWS Summit in New York City, Amazon announced the release of the Amazon Migration Hub, a single pane of glass for viewing the status and progress of application migration projects. We are delighted to announce that DynaCenter is one of the first partner technologies to be made available through the Migration Hub, which illustrates our commitment to moving workloads into Amazon.

“Today we are excited to announce the launch of AWS Migration Hub, our latest service built to help enterprise customers adopt AWS cloud services,” said Wayne Duso, General Manager for New Cloud Initiatives, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “AWS Migration Hub assists IT professionals who are responsible for managing critical cloud transformation projects and migrating existing on-premises applications to AWS. Racemi is one of the first APN Technology Partners integrated with the AWS Migration Hub because of its deep experience migrating enterprise customer to AWS using their automated cloud migration technology.”

For the past two years, Racemi has been a proud partner of Amazon Web Services and we continue to grow the rich set of features available in our DynaCenter technology. By providing the deepest integration into Amazon cloud environments along with experienced and certified professional services, Racemi is looking towards the future of digital transformation and the many benefits that cloud technology offers for the enterprise.

Learn more about using DynaCenter in the Amazon Migration Hub – we’ll see you there!


4 Reasons Why MSP’s Shouldn’t Build a Cloud Migration Practice

The Great App Migration has begun and the business opportunities from cloud computing’s boom have never been greater. In February, IDC reported that cloud spending had grown 25% since 2016, a rate nearly seven times faster than spending on traditional IT. To facilitate their move to the cloud, companies are turning to service providers to help them advise and drive their digital transformation projects, largely because they lack the internal know-how to feel confident on their own. As a matter of fact, recent survey by 451 found that just under half of the enterprise respondents are using or plan to use a service provider for transformation programs, though nearly all participants (92 percent) expressed a willingness to work with service providers.

Companies clearly need assistance in the cloud, and they finally seem ready to get started. According to analysts, 18% or more of enterprise applications will make their way to the cloud in 2017. That number is predicted to hold steady in 2018. If these figures are correct, that means more than half of all enterprise applications will make their home in the cloud over the next two years.

In looking at this data, many MSPs and Sis are scrambling to build practices to support this migration gold rush, but is it a good idea to invest time and resources into building internal migration capability? Here are a few reasons why you may want to explore partnership opportunities instead.

 

#1 The Clock is Ticking

Nearly half of enterprise applications will move to the cloud over the next 24 months. Depending on your source, 50 to 70 percent of those apps will be candidates for re-hosting, commonly referred to as “lift-and-shift” (we prefer lift-and-optimize), which is significantly less expensive, resource-intensive and risky. It’s the fastest way to move an application to the cloud, and re-hosting still provides customers with the cost savings and agility they expect when they move architecture to the cloud.

Of course, not all applications will be candidates for re-hosting, but being able to identify those that are and deliver them to the cloud quickly will help build customer confidence. This will also give MSPs an opportunity to get workloads to the cloud faster, which means they’re managing infrastructure sooner.

 

#2 Cloud Migration is a Point in Time

It will take more than two years for most companies to move everything to the cloud, but once there, it’s unlikely to move back into a physical data center. While workloads may move between clouds in the future, the effort will be centered around portability, not initial migration.

The migration of an application from an on-prem data center to the cloud is when applications require the most change to ensure compatibility and performance. Drivers, kernels, anti-virus and other monitoring tools will need to be changed or deployed on the workload and in the target environment. File structure, security groups and policies will all need to be evaluated and configured. And, as a cost control measure, it’s a good time to review server utilization to make sure workloads are moving into right-sized environments.

After this initial lift, application portability should be more of a copy/paste exercise than a transformative activity. Consider the resource investment of an in-house migration practice. Will you allocate resources from other areas? Will you hire migration-only staff? What will you do with these employees once initial migration projects slow?

 

#3 The Only Source of Knowledge is Experience

Customers need experienced partners to guide them through the cloud journey. A recent Forrester report determined that labor costs account for 50% of cloud migration project costs. They also note in the report that this labor cost steadily declines with project experience. Cloud migrations scenarios vary by customer, but often times project delays are the result of environmental issues in the customer data center. If your migration teams have seen these scenarios before, they’re probably fairly easy to overcome. But it will take time to gain this level of experience and expertise.

Your local handyman can repair a leak in your roof, but when it comes to replacing it,you want a roofing company that offers the skills, experience and tools to do the job right.

 

And finally…

 

#4 Maintain Focus on Your Core Competency

To the credit of many MSPs and integrators, they have spent a lot of time ramping up skills and staff to advise on digital transformation and manage infrastructure once it’s in the cloud. But, moving an application isn’t a matter of moving servers from one rack to another; this AWS blog highlights the need for MSP’s to innovate and illustrates how far they still have to go.

Offering cloud migration services to customers will require new staff, technology and tools to support automation, and the knowledge, certifications and competencies to gain customer confidence and win deals. In thinking about the time you’ve invested in training and certifying your teams to manage infrastructure in the cloud, do you have that amount of runway to do the same for a migration practice? Does it even make sense to do this, or should you continue to evolve your current competencies? Most importantly, will your customers wait or will they look to another provider to deliver on their cloud dreams?

 

In the end, migration services need to offer a balance of speed, effectiveness and affordability. Don’t get distracted by the cloud migration frenzy – instead look to partnerships, or even acquisitions, to supplement cloud migrations as part of larger digital transformation offerings. While migration is an important moment in time, it’s still a moment in time.


2017 Predictions

Happy New Year! We are now half way through January and with a new year comes new predictions for how companies plan to succeed in 2017. And we at Racemi are betting big on the cloud. But we’re not the only ones. In fact, a recent IDG Enterprise Survey said the average company expects to move 59 percent of its IT environment to the cloud by the end of 2017.

Whether that expectation turns into reality or not, below we’ve outlined our executive’s predictions on the cloud industry and what changes we might see come to light this new year.

It’s Time to Get Serious About Moving to the Cloud
Currently, less than 20 percent of enterprises are operating in the cloud, but in 2017 organizations will realize that it’s time to get serious and instead of just dabbling in the cloud, enterprises will adopt a more aggressive cloud approach. This widespread cloud adoption will increase some operational delays. For example, binding data center contracts and the large amount of servers some enterprises have (in some cases 30K+) will affect how quickly a company can move to the cloud. However, by 2018 I think we’ll experience less of those delays and businesses will be able to move to the cloud more swiftly. Each day that a Global 2000 organization waits and doesn’t commit to a digital transformation and cloud-first strategy they are losing a day to their competitors.

The CIO Divide Will Deepen and More Retirement Plans will be Made
In 2017 you will see reorganization in 35 percent of the global 2000, simply due to a lack of commitment from CIOs to become more modern and compete more fiercely with competitors. There are two types of CIOs: ones who are hesitant and conservative and ones who are agile and willing to experiment. In 2017 and into 2018, the CIOs who are not willing to try new ideas will simply be pushed out of their organizations and replaced with individuals who have more of a “maverick-like” mindset when it comes to innovation. Organizational transformations such as moving to the cloud are already taking place. So if CIOs are not preaching this vision on a daily basis, they should start planning for their retirement.

Budgets Will Receive a New Line Item
In 2017, 75 percent of enterprises will implement a new line item in their quarterly and yearly budget meetings – the Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE). Currently only 5 percent of enterprises have it, but it’s gaining momentum in a way that businesses cannot ignore. Whether operating in Amazon, Azure or both, the CCoE is focused on implementing cloud best practices and ensuring employees working in IT are certified and knowledgeable on all things cloud. Once organizations understand the importance of investing in CCoEs, it is a no-brainer and they will find the budget to make it happen.

Businesses Compete by killing their Data Center
CEOs and boards will put top priority on being more competitive and nimble in their market in 2017, consistently asking themselves, “What is holding us back from being more profitable?” In searching for that answer they will turn to their data center and their infrastructure in order to figure out how to better compete. In order to gain market share, they will have to lead through a digital transformation that drops all dead weight; and in many companies, that will mean dropping their data centers for a cloud strategy that drives digital products and digital experiences. If your companies are not working on solutions that innovate at the speed and scale of the cloud, and using the artificial intelligence to drive your digital strategy – you can be one of competitors are and they will be unstoppable if you do not get out of your current datacenters to compete on a level battlefield. In 2017 migrating their businesses to the cloud will be one of the non-negotiables CEOs and boards will realize and act on.

Public Cloud and Security: Breaches are Inevitable, So Companies Need to Prepare
When it comes to cloud and application security in the enterprise, the reality is this— breaches will occur and 2017 won’t be any different. However, what will gain momentum in the coming year is how companies will embrace this new reality and start to deploy applications with the ability to protect, detect and respond to breeches within the applications themselves, instead of relying on traditional perimeter-based security. For example, in terms of protection against breeches, next gen applications will include proven identity management, multi-factor authentication and full data encryption (at both rest and in flight). In terms of detection of breeches, next gen applications will include audit mining and anomaly detection, combined with monitoring and alerting. In terms of responding to breeches, next gen applications will include comprehensive incident management, combined with data isolation and application recovery technologies.

2017 is the year that applications begin to meet the security threat head-on.
Serverless Computing is on the Rise, but Not for Enterprises

Serverless computing will gain momentum in 2017. Serverless computing is highly appealing because costs are based on usage rather than on the management of servers. While enterprises won’t be keen on adopting serverless computing due to the risk of vendor lock-in, smaller businesses from startups to midsized companies will find the increased agility and the reduced time to market appealing.

2017 is the Year Azure Sets Fire
In 2017 Azure cloud’s popularity will rise as companies realize Microsoft’s credibility in the enterprise. Furthermore, Microsoft’s hybrid cloud platform, Azure Stack, which enables customers to deliver Azure services from their own datacenter, will resonate with verticals in highly regulated fields like financial, insurance, healthcare and government.

The Cloud Market is Ripe for Consolidation
In 2017 the “agent wars” will take full effect. These “agents,” or companies who specialize in cloud tools like discovery, application performance, cloud performance, etc., will begin to consolidate. They all have different purposes and core benefits, but they overlap to a degree. So next year we will see these tools start to consolidate so that companies won’t have to implement multiple solutions to deploy a cloud strategy.

If you haven’t already been preparing a transition to the cloud, 2017 is the time to start. Don’t let your competitors pass you up in 2017. Be the maverick of your organization and be on the forefront of innovation. In the end, your customers will thank you.


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