Attending to the Cloud: How IWO might help you propose cloud migration

This weblog is the second in a sequence on public cloud optimization. Additionally see “Cut back Public Cloud Spend with Intersight Workload Optimizer,” and keep tuned for the third weblog within the sequence on how one can simplify multi-cloud operations in AWS, Azure, and GCP.

Just lately I sat down with Mohit Vaswani, technical options architect for Cisco Intersight Workload Optimizer (IWO), to speak about how organizations can obtain price advantages provided by the general public cloud by efficient cloud migration planning. The next is a recap of our dialog.


Q: Why are organizations transferring workloads to the cloud? 

A: For years now, organizations have been transferring functions to the general public cloud for a number of causes. One of many greatest motivations is funds and agility. IT departments see the promise of the general public cloud as a possible solution to decrease prices, both from eliminating capital bills and monitoring solely operational bills as a funds line merchandise or from spending much less as a result of they will extra simply alter assets primarily based on their workload necessities. This feeds into the concept that whereas conventional knowledge heart assets are finite (you need to buy extra {hardware} in case your necessities enhance), assets within the public cloud are infinite (you possibly can spin up assets on-demand with out investing in associated capital bills). As well as, the power to make assets out there to builders inside minutes by the general public cloud is a game-changer to speed up innovation. Whereas conventional on-premises knowledge facilities carry extra baggage with price and complexity, the flexibleness of the general public cloud presents the potential for faster transformation, doubtlessly resulting in progress sooner.


Q: What does it imply to maneuver functions and workloads to the cloud?

A: Essentially the most fundamental solution to transfer functions to the general public cloud is “carry and shift.” This implies transferring functions and their workloads to the general public cloud with none adjustments; you merely copy them out of your knowledge heart and shift them as-is to a public cloud atmosphere.

Whereas this method is widespread and easy, it’s a double-edged sword. Except you’ve thought-about the aim and standing of your utility and what you’re aiming to attain, you don’t even know if transferring an utility to the cloud is the most suitable choice. Some up-front evaluation may present that re-architecting, retaining, or retiring the applying could also be a greater strategic possibility than transferring it to the cloud. And when you simply go forward with carry and shift, you could be rising your prices from the get-go.

Should you do determine emigrate an utility to the cloud, do you actually need all of the assets you’re at present utilizing on-premises to make sure the applying performs effectively as soon as it’s within the public cloud? Many organizations fall into this lure and overspend on storage that’s not tied to any compute, on too many reserved cases, or in different methods, akin to sustaining zombie VMs (VMs they’re utterly unaware of, that don’t have homeowners, or which have been deserted).

“45% of organizations that carry out a lift-and-shift migration will
overspend by 70% through the first 18 months of their new structure.”
–  GCN, March 2022

Should you haven’t requested questions on how your utility is performing in your knowledge heart and optimized your workloads there, then you definately’re merely carrying over potential methods to over-spend within the public cloud. You’ve defeated the aim of optimizing public cloud assets earlier than you’ve even moved your utility. It’s essential to know this info earlier than migration to ensure the cloud arrange is optimized to help utility efficiency on the lowest price.


Q: How can organizations benefit from the guarantees of the cloud with out overspending?

A: I like to consider it as being proactive fairly than reactive. As an alternative of transferring an utility to the general public cloud after which asking how it may be optimized, the very best observe is to think about the person components that influence total public cloud prices earlier than migrating the applying to the cloud.

Let’s take a living proof. Utilizing Intersight Workload Optimizer (Cisco’s utility useful resource administration answer), you are able to do “what-if” situation planning for cloud migration. A Migrate to Cloud plan simulates migration of on-premises VMs to the cloud, or migration of VMs from one cloud supplier to a different. The plan focuses on optimizing efficiency and prices by selecting essentially the most appropriate cloud assets to your VMs and the volumes they use. To additional optimize your prices, the plan can advocate transferring workloads from on-demand to discounted pricing and buying extra reductions.

The plan calculates prices based on the billing and value changes that you’ve got negotiated along with your cloud supplier. Prices embody compute, service (akin to IP companies), and license prices. The plan additionally calculates low cost purchases for VMs that may profit from discounted pricing.

The plan outcomes present:

  • Projected prices
  • Actions to execute your migration and optimize prices and efficiency
  • Optimum cloud cases to make use of, combining environment friendly buy of assets with assured utility efficiency
  • The fee advantage of transferring workloads from on-demand to discounted pricing
  • Reductions you can purchase
AWS Cloud Cost Comparison Chart
Cisco Intersight Workload Optimizer supplies a comparability of carry and shift versus optimized workload migration to the general public cloud together with beneficial actions to attain optimized efficiency when transferring to the cloud and on a steady foundation.

You may also see the distinction in dangers (together with efficiency dangers, effectivity alternatives, and compliance dangers) when you merely carry and shift an utility to the general public cloud versus when you optimize earlier than you progress the applying to the general public cloud. IWO additionally supplies a price comparability breakdown between carry and shift and optimized utility migration.

It’s vital to do not forget that optimizing workloads for efficiency and price is an ongoing course of. When you’ve migrated to the cloud, IWO supplies efficiency and cost-related suggestions together with particular actions to attain these financial savings (akin to shopping for reserved cases, deleting volumes, scaling VMs, and optimizing reserved cases). It drills down into buy portions beneficial, upfront prices, breakeven interval, and financial savings.

Watch “Intersight Workload Optimizer in Action: Reducing cloud costs with recommended actions” to be taught extra.


Q: How can somebody be taught extra about planning for cloud migration with Intersight Workload Optimizer?

A: Intersight Workload Optimizer is a SaaS answer that features a free 45-day trial. Anybody can join the trial and use the cloud migration situation planning functionality to see the kind of info it supplies.

Detailed info on the situation planning is accessible within the Cisco Intersight Workload Optimizer User Guide, and our cloud optimization specialists can be found for one-on-one demos to stroll by particular eventualities.