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Free Workshop: Cloud Migration Strategy & Datacenter Assessment

Free Workshop: Cloud Migration Strategy & Datacenter Assessment

 

 27 February 2018, 09:30 – 12:00
   Sediul Evozon System, Calea Moților 62, Cluj Napoca 
   This workshop is designed for CxO level managers, IT managers, team leads, project managers, who feel the Cloud could be a great approach for their company, but don’t know exactly how to proceed further.

 

About the workshop

How do you know which path is best to take?
How do you make sure your migration is a success?

Avaelgo invites you to a free workshop focusing on Cloud migration strategy.

In this workshop we will address one of the easiest ways to migrate existing solutions into the Cloud: using the Lift and Shift approach, or how can existing solutions be replicated in the Cloud without changing their architecture. Lift and Shift in Microsoft Azure brings advantages such as scalability, agility, and cost-effectiveness, while also representing a good start for a recovery plan in case of disaster.

Here are the key benefits of moving into the Cloud with Lift and Shift:

  • Eliminate the unexpected downtime and poor performance of your application
  • Grow efficiently – use the Cloud to optimize your costs, by reducing or eliminating hardware costs and maintenance and paying only for what your application uses
  • Easy recover data in case of data loss scenarios (data accidentally deleted, volume deleted, viruses etc) or disasters (server destroyed/stolen, disk crash)

Agenda

09:30 – 10:00 Registration & Coffee
10:00 – 10:45 Cloud Migration Strategies (how and in what circumstances the Cloud makes sense, which are the first things to consider when addressing the issue of migrating a Cloud solution, or defining an organization-level strategy towards the Cloud)
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:45 Lift and Shift & Datacenter Assessment
11:45 – 12:00 Q&A

Meet the Trainer

Mihai_Tataran
Mihai TATARAN, Microsoft Azure MVP, is the General Manager of Avaelgo, and a Microsoft MVP on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Insider, and Microsoft Certified Professional. Mihai has been teaching Microsoft technologies courses to software companies in Romania and abroad, being invited by Microsoft Romania to deliver many such trainings for their customers. Mihai has very good experience with large audiences at international conferences: DevReach in Bulgaria, Codecamp Macedonia; TechEd North America 2011, 2012 and 2013 – speaker and Technical Learning Center (Ask the Experts), Windows AzureConf. He is also the co-organizer for the ITCamp conference in Romania.

One Workshop, Two Hot Topics: Cloud Migration and BCDR

One Workshop, Two Hot Topics: Cloud Migration and BCDR

Registration is now closed.

28 Septembrie 2017, ora 9:30 – 16:00

Microsoft România, sala Downtown 2
P-ța Presei Libere nr. 3-5, Clădirile City-Gate, Turnul de Sud, etaj 2

This workshop is for both the business decision makers of all industries and IT specialists.

The workshop is free of charge, on the basis of prior registration.

About the workshop

Avaelgo, Asseco and Microsoft Romania invite you to a free workshop focusing on Cloud migration with Lift and Shift and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

In the first part of the workshop, we will address one of the easiest ways to migrate existing solutions into the Cloud: the Lift and Shift approach, or how can existing solutions be replicated in the Cloud without changing their architecture. Lift and Shift in Microsoft Azure brings advantages such as scalability, agility, and cost-effectiveness, while also representing a good start for a recovery plan in case of disaster.

Here are the key benefits of moving into the Cloud with Lift and Shift:

  • Eliminate the unexpected downtime and poor performance of your application
  • Grow efficiently – use the Cloud to optimize your costs, by reducing or eliminating hardware costs and maintenance and paying only for what your application uses
  • Easy recover data in case of data loss scenarios (data accidentally deleted, volume deleted, viruses etc) or disasters (server destroyed/stolen, disk crash)

In the second part of the workshop, we’ll go into detail about what Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery really means. So if you experienced outages or moments when your solution was not online, or you’ve got an ERP / CRM solution / other line-of-business (LOB) solution which must run during the business hours but sometimes it fails to do that, then you will find this part extremely interesting. Or maybe you’re just afraid of losing business data and all the time that it’s going to take to recover it all. Perhaps you want to protect your business from ransomware cyber attacks such as Wannacry. This free workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about how to ensure your business continuity.

Some of the key benefits of Basic Backup or Disaster Recovery are:

  • Maintaining your employee productivity and your business’s ability to generate revenue​​​
  • Preventing your company from losing business to the competition during downtime
  • Ensuring compliance with the new GDPR regulations

Agenda

09:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:45 Cloud Migration: Lift and Shift in Microsoft Azure (I) with Mihai Tătăran
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:45 Cloud Migration: Lift and Shift in Microsoft Azure (II) with Mihai Tătăran
11:45 – 12:00 Q&A
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 Basic Backup or Disaster Recovery? (I) with Florin Loghiade
14:15 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 15:15 Basic Backup or Disaster Recovery? (II) with Florin Loghiade
15:15 – 16:00 – Q&A & Networking

Meet the trainers

Mihai Tataran
Mihai Tătăran is the General Manager of Avaelgo, and a Microsoft MVP on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Insider, and Microsoft Certified Professional. Mihai has been teaching Microsoft technologies courses to software companies in Romania and abroad, being invited by Microsoft Romania to deliver many such trainings for their customers.

Florin Loghiade
Florin Loghiade is a Microsoft Azure MVP and Microsoft Certified Professional, and works at Avaelgo as an IT consultant focused on Microsoft solutions based on Windows Server, System Center, Hyper-V, Azure and Automation.

Webinar: Moving solutions to the Cloud (Microsoft Azure) with “Lift and Shift”

Webinar: Moving solutions to the Cloud (Microsoft Azure) with “Lift and Shift”

Registration is now closed. Thank you all for participating and making it such a great event!

27 Septembrie 2017, ora 15:00 – 15:45

This webinar is designed for business unit managers, business managers, IT sysadmins, IT engineers and IT managers who want to:

eliminate the unexpected downtime and poor performance of your business critical software solution

optimize IT costs, pay for what you use

allow your IT infrastructure and solution to scale, in order to face growing and unexpected demand from your users

 

About the webinar

In this webinar we will discuss in business terms first and technical terms second, how you can improve your overall experience with your business critical IT or solutions, having more peace of mind that it works when it should, and it works as expected, and in the case of unpredicted failures you are able to restore your data very fast.

About the trainer

Mihai Tataran

Mihai Tătăran is the General Manager of Avaelgo, and a Microsoft MVP on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Insider, and Microsoft Certified Professional. Mihai has been teaching Microsoft technologies courses to software companies in Romania and abroad, being invited by Microsoft Romania to deliver many such trainings for their customers.

Webinar: Dev/Test or Continuous Deployment automation with Microsoft Azure

Webinar: Dev/Test or Continuous Deployment automation with Microsoft Azure

Registration is now closed. Thank you all for participating and making it such a great event!

26 Septembrie 2017, ora 15:00 – 15:45

This webinar is designed for software programmers, testers, project managers, team leaders, department or IT managers who want to:

increase your release velocity

reduce your IT cost for Dev/Test environments

About the webinar

Join the Dev/Test or Continuous Deployment automation with Microsoft Azure webinar to see how you can improve the development process by allowing the Software Development / QA team to create their own Development, Testing, Staging environments, instead of the IT department doing it.

Also, you will understand how the cost can be dramatically reduced, and also kept under control with the help of the IT department.

To make it all easy to follow and understand, we will also include a “how-to” demo.

About the trainer

Mihai Tataran
Mihai Tătăran is the General Manager of Avaelgo, and a Microsoft MVP on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Insider, and Microsoft Certified Professional. Mihai has been teaching Microsoft technologies courses to software companies in Romania and abroad, being invited by Microsoft Romania to deliver many such trainings for their customers.
Lift and Shift to the Cloud

Lift and Shift to the Cloud

Mihai Tataran
General Manager & Partner | Azure MVP

Note: This is a continuation of a previous article regarding migration to the Cloud you can find here.

So you are a bit more convinced that the Cloud might be a solution to you. Do you have a plethora of solutions running on premises, or maybe just one simple server with an ERP on it?

How do you proceed?
How do you make sure your migration is a success?

Lift and Shift 101

The term “Lift and Shift”, used by a lot of managed services companies, us included, is used to describe the process of taking your local infrastructure and moving it “as it is” to the Cloud, in an Infrastructure as a Service hosting type.

This is, as opposed to migrating the solution to Platform as a Service, which basically means taking advantage of the services the Cloud provider might offer, to reduce the complexity and management work of your infrastructure.

In a nutshell, here is a comparison between the two models:

Actual Lift and Shift

Even though this approach is much less risky than migrating to PaaS (which could mean re-architecting your solutions, and changing the code of your applications), it is still not quite a walk in the park. There are a few things to consider, and I list here just a few of them.

Modern or legacy solution?

Did we write/purchase the solution many years ago, when nobody was thinking about distributed systems? How about the ability of the solution to run in parallel on multiple servers, with a load balancer in front of them?

I won’t get too technical, but for legacy systems moving to the cloud might pose some problems. Recently, Microsoft Azure for example has done a great job in removing such risks, because even for such applications which weren’t designed for distributed workloads, we have the Load Balancers who can take care of this by enabling Session Stickiness or Client Affinity (both the LB from IaaS, which is a level 4 LB, and the LB from Web Apps which is a level 7 LB, can take care of this in at least a minimal way).

Topology

In theory, you take your local solution and move it to the cloud in a 1:1 manner. But it is not quite so in reality. Because you might want to change some parts of your solution in order to better benefit from the Cloud, for example:

  • Your local solution is monolithic. You have both the web server and database server on the same machine. When you go to the cloud, you might want to be able to scale those independently – meaning you want your web fronted isolated from the database to better use the resources.
  • On premises, you use something like a daemon, or a cronjob, or a Rabbit Queue, or a MSMQ. All of these have better correspondents in the cloud – meaning, services provided to us (without the operational burden on us) – and you might want to replace the local components with the services in the cloud.

So, this might affect your topology. If on premises the web server was “near” your database (calls on the same machine are an order of magnitude under 1 millisecond), the web server calling a database service in the cloud means TCP access (milliseconds per call). So, beware of such changes, think where your solution is very chatty and address those areas – sometimes with changes in code.

Latency

Because the cloud is not under our desk, the typical latency is somewhere around 40-50 milliseconds for a call to resources in the Cloud. If your users or some software clients of your backend in the Cloud need smaller latency, consider technologies like Azure Express Route, with smaller latency (under 10 ms) and guaranteed bandwidth.

Lock-in

A migration to ANY Cloud provider brings some degree of lock-in-ness. The moment you start moving away from using just Virtual Machines, the moment you incorporate services like SQL Azure Database, Table Storage, Cosmos DB, etc. – all great services, in your solution, that moment you become linked to that specific Cloud provider.

Moving your solution to another Cloud provider would mean replacing those specific services with their counterparts (if they exist, they usually do) from the new provider. And that means cost. So, choosing the Cloud provider is a very important decision, not only but also because of this aspect.

Hybrid loads

Even though the Cloud is great, there will always be scenarios for on premises workloads. Or even more: hybrid workloads – having parts of the solution in the Cloud, and parts of it on premises. For example you are a big enterprise and you have some customers’ front-facing applications, all of which use some backend / middle-tier components (web services), which in turn are linked to an ERP and some analytics databases. You might want to move the frontends in the Cloud so your users will experience a much better interaction (the cloud is auto-scalable), but you cannot move the backends, ERP, and some critical databases – which are used by a lot of internal systems as well. This situation is called hybrid, and it probably involves VPNs, Express Routes, or some infrastructure technologies like these.

A great technology from Microsoft is called Azure Stack. This is great specifically in hybrid scenarios because Azure Stack is using the exact same technology as Azure. Meaning: the same way to create and manage resources in Azure and on premises with Azure Stack. Which means less operational and management work: you have the exact model, the same technology, the same tools to monitor and operate your workloads, wherever they are.

Conclusion

Lift and Shift is usually the first approach towards the cloud we have seen with our customers. It involves less risk, it gives benefits immediately to our customers, it helps them learn how to work with the cloud, but still should be taken seriously.

About the author

Mihai Tataran

Mihai Tataran, is the General Manager of Avaelgo, and a Microsoft MVP on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Insider, and Microsoft Certified Professional. Mihai has been teaching Microsoft technologies courses to software companies in Romania and abroad, being invited by Microsoft Romania to deliver many such trainings for their customers.

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