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How best to execute your cloud migration strategy? First assess your applications portfolio, then migrate it to your preferred choice of cloud options.
Cognizant Cloud Migrate is a comprehensive cloud migration offering that helps you execute your cloud strategy with a structured, risk-mitigated approach for full-stack migration that includes apps, infrastructure, security and DevOps. Cognizant’s tool-based framework both speeds time to market and adds value to your cloud-enabled business transformation projects.
The Cloud Migrate offering is powered by Cognizant’s Cloud Steps framework, which encompasses two stages: Assess & Plan, to determine workload-specific strategies and migration roadmaps; and Migrate & Validate, to securely migrate workloads to the cloud and validate benchmarks.
A global mass-media publishing and entertainment industry company wanted to consolidate data center locations for 19 business units across North America and the United Kingdom. Another goal of the initiative was to identify potential cost savings and performance improvements in the company’s data center operation. In addition, the company needed to improve flexibility and agility to diversify its business interests in markets where time to market and security are critical.
Cognizant conducted a comprehensive assessment on the feasibility of moving to cloud-based solutions and delivering as-a-service (XaaS) models to the company’s distribution and client base. The initial cloud suitability and migration feasibility analysis evaluated 1,800 applications hosted on 2,800 servers spread across 19 business units and 25 locations in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Our results recommended migrating approximately 40% of the company’s current data center workloads to a combination of co-location and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud facilities. We also suggested a phased migration approach, which Cognizant is now executing.
The benefits of moving to a cloud-based infrastructure are numerous. The company is significantly lowering time-to-market delivery of its products and services, and dramatically reducing its in-house data center footprint. A flexible, scalable architecture also satisfies fluctuating business demand and incorporates built-in security, backup and disaster recovery mechanisms.
applications migrated to date
servers migrated to date
reduction in data center footprint
cost savings for some business units
The Cloud Migrate offering is an integrated framework powered by automation, security and tools to ensure a seamless migration of your applications to a cloud-based environment.
Arc-Tern is Cognizant's easy-to-use, collaborative migration management and governance tool. Aligned with our in-house methodologies, it helps streamline and manage the migration process end to end and can support large projects involving physical, virtual and cloud-based hosts.
Arc-Tern acts as a “single pane of glass,” providing near-real-time status of all migration activities, including key risk items and bottlenecks. It standardizes and automates workflow management that includes alerts for activities scheduled and delays, if any.
Cognizant’s Applications Portfolio Rationalization (APR) methodology simplifies and synchronizes multiple disciplines, technologies, work streams and modules across large, complex applications and infrastructure. This industrialized approach enables high levels of automation by leveraging tools and frameworks. We carefully consider numerous factors, including business criticality and value of the IT product, the currency and relevancy of the technology, the cost of maintaining the product and more.
Cognizant offers more than 70 reusable blueprints that can be used to accelerate cloud migration. Examples of these include blueprints for high availability/disaster recovery (DR), automation and back/recovery.
The Cognizant Resiliency Validation Platform (CRVP) is a multitenant platform for configuring and executing simulated disruptions on application environments. You can leverage this platform to conduct simulations of resilience validation and use IT monitoring tools to analyze results of multiple test scenarios.
CRAFT, Cognizant's proprietary automation framework for testing, defines the method for scripting business functionalities as libraries that can be reused and repeated among test cases.
Cognizant App Insight helps you analyze and understand applications built on Java and .Net. You can also analyze the impact of change proposals before changing code.
ZDLC is a set of engineering quality tools deployed in the end-to-end lifecycle of systems (including traditional software developement life cycle). It provides precise, comprehensive documentation of IT systems, then continuously updates that documentation.
ZDLC can deliver up to 40% reductions in effort for as-is architecture discovery, process analysis and data lineage, as well as accelerate delivery through automation and improved quality, and drive down costs.
VSM is an automated portfolio assessment tool for analyzing cloud readiness for Java and .NET applications. It analyzes hundreds of applications in minutes, then provides a comprehensive Cloud Readiness Assessment Report for each application. VSM also identifies common anti-patterns and provides remediation steps to migrate applications to a cloud-native platform.