Cloud migration is the right choice for businesses that need to bridge the gap between growing business demand and IT capacity. Migrations are often more complicated as it deals with massive data volumes and distinct workloads. A successful migration should ensure transition with zero business impact.

With the dynamic business-changing requirements, the needs of IT infrastructure grow and expands. Scaling traditional, on-premises, IT infrastructure is expensive and companies had to invest a lot of funds and time in their IT infrastructure. But, with the rise of cloud computing these barriers have disappeared and businesses are keen on adopting cloud technologies. Even though cloud migration seems to be challenging, companies are migrating apps and services to the cloud every day as the cloud adds tangible value to the business.

Leveraging dynamic tools, capabilities and unparalleled experience, Allianz sets up an intelligent cloud migration strategy that takes our client businesses to the next level.

How Do Clients Benefit from Cloud Migration?

In the planning phase, our cloud consultants will work with you to get a clear understanding of your business requirements and objectives. Based on the findings we develop a preliminary business case for migration.

Scalability and Security

Modernizing mission-critical applications offers reliable scalability and security. At Allianz, we help to scale IT infrastructure based on current business requirements and we optimize cloud security to ensure visibility across the entire cloud environment.

Speed and Agility

Moving to the cloud enhances the overall user experience with improved performance, speed, and agility. We help businesses to quickly adapt to the rapidly changing technological environment through fast application implementation and deployment.

Operational Efficiency

The simplicity in cloud solutions enhances resource availability, asset utilization, productivity, customer satisfaction, etc. Allianz cloud migration experts are keen on reducing the operational costs of client business while increasing the efficiency of the IT processes.

One-stop Services

Allianz’s proven cloud migration package comes with several beneficial features such as continuous deployment, disaster recovery, tracking and upgrading, automatic logging and many other features appropriate to the cloud solution.

Financially Savvy Services

Our cloud migration experts create an agile IT environment by accomplishing a certain set of financial goals. We also offer on-going support and maintenance to ensure business continuity.

Cloud Migration Defined


The modern business landscape expects businesses to be agile and flexible such that they could quickly adapt to current market demands. Cloud technology paves a way for that and hence cloud migration becomes the right choice for businesses.

Cloud migration is the process of moving digital business operations such as data, applications and other business components that are hosted on an organization’s on-premises server to the cloud-based infrastructure. One or more clouds are involved in migration and in general, organizations utilize both public and private clouds in a hybrid cloud environment. Utilizing migrating tools, the migration process is simplified and accelerated with minimal disruption and zero business impact. Automated tools are also utilized to eliminate the complexities and to speed the migration process.

Many businesses put down the idea of cloud migration considering the complexity involved in migrating the critical IT services and infrastructure to the cloud. However, formulating a structured and risk mitigated approach ensures a seamless transition of business operations to the cloud.

We continuously integrate new technology and automation to tackle simple to complex migrations in a seamless manner. Our time-tested, proven approach to cloud migration easily migrate business-critical applications and IT infrastructure with minimal downtime and reduced risk.

How We Perform Cloud Migration Services?

Allianz’s full-suite of cloud migration services helps businesses to leverage the advantage of cloud-based solutions. Our experienced specialists and experts have led hundreds of successful simple to complex migrations in a hassle-free and coordinated manner. Being a qualified cloud migration partner, Irrespective of the business case we could formulate a clear roadmap, plan and execute migration to the cloud in a seamless manner.

Careful planning and strategic, proven approach play a major role in enabling successful migration from your current IT infrastructure to the cloud. Before you start the actual migration to the cloud, it is important to develop a cloud adoption strategy with proper planning, execution and optimization procedures. Allianz ensures to create a comprehensive migration strategy that makes your business benefit tremendously in terms of speed, efficiency, and cost as you move to the cloud.

Our thought-through cloud migration process involves the following

Establishing Cloud Strategy


  • Before venturing into the actual migration of the cloud, certain analysis is made and this analysis is based on the client’s business requirements and what they want to accomplish.
  • We establish a brief analysis of why our client business is moved to the cloud and how it benefits their business.
  • As a next step, we map workloads to the assets and applications by capturing the baseline metrics of their IT infrastructure.
  • We establish cloud migration Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to determine the current stand and to identify the issues during migration.
  • CPU Usage, Availability, Response Times, Page Load Times, Conversion Rates, Memory Usage are few cloud migration KPIs that determine if the migration is successfully completed.
  • Measuring the above-said metrics across categories such as infrastructure, user experience, engagement, and application performance, our migration experts would be able to determine the performance of cloud applications.

Evaluation of Applications to Be Migrated


  • In order to carry out the actual migration process smoothly and quickly, we ensure to understand the business and the impacts of moving specific workloads and applications to the cloud.
  • Taking cost and security into account we evaluate which applications are to be moved to the cloud. We discover the following during our evaluation process
    • The Applications that can be moved as-it-is are identified
    • The applications that require redesign are identified and the level of complexity is determined
    • ROI of each application to be moved and the time frame of achieving the ROI is calculated
    • Conclude which cloud environment (private, public or hybrid) best suits our client business and also cost-effective and secure
    • We also evaluate, if there are any possibilities to carry out migration without reconfiguring workloads

Data Migration Planning


  • After identifying the applications and services that are to be migrated, we determine how to move each asset to the cloud
  • Dependencies are identified
  • Decide on the order of migrating applications
  • We make certain of how to overcome the challenges such as maintaining data integrity and operational continuity during migration

Picking Up Right Cloud Provider


Moving to the cloud is definitely a tedious task and hence we ensure to choose a service provider who has proven experience, ability to manage complex tasks and the ability to perform cloud migration at a global scale.

We consider the following points to choose the right cloud provider for our client business

  • Level of experience
  • The ability to support the private, public and multi-cloud environment at any scope
  • Availability of third-party tools that facilitate easy and quick processing
  • Ability to tackle inflexible architecture, out-of-date technology, complex interdependencies etc
  • Kind of support offered during the migration process

Cloud Migration Execution


The migration should be relatively easy as we develop a clear roadmap for migration in the above 4 phases. However, migration solely depends on the complexity and architecture of application and data.

  • Based on the size of the database and application, our migration experts carry out varying techniques to copy everything over
  • In order to deal with larger transfer time for larger workloads, we compress the data before sending
  • We also make sure that the temporary storage of your data is utmost secure as the end destination
  • After migrating everything to the cloud, we ensure if the cloud is optimized for dynamic resource allocation
  • Moving into the cloud, our migration team are also responsible for distributing resources to your application

Allianz’s systematic cloud migration process has helped a varied range of businesses to make a successful transition to the cloud environment and also to achieve a faster time to value.

Based on the knowledge and experience in cloud migration across industry verticals, Allianz defines a structured approach for rapid cloud migration. We evaluate all the key parameters including applications, workloads, and processes you currently use and devise a streamlined migration approach as follows.

The Approach

Migration Planning


In the planning phase, our cloud consultants will work with you to get a clear understanding of your business requirements and objectives. Based on the findings we develop a preliminary business case for migration.

  • Identify strategic business outcomes
  • Defining cloud strategies
  • Creating a cloud migration plan

Identification and Analysis


In the next phase, we take steps to understand your IT portfolio and determines answers for three queries: What should be migrated? How to carry out migration? Where should be migrated?

  • Identify all existing workloads and applications
  • Identify the dependencies between applications
  • Analyze migration strategies to be employed

Design and Development


Your cloud architecture design needs to properly planned and carefully executed. Our cloud architects enable efficient, secure and economically savvy enterprise-level digital transformation.

  • Prototyping entire structure
  • Concluding cloud type(private, public or hybrid)
  • Setting up a secured cloud environment based on workload requirements

Pre-Migration


Pre-migration planning involves the identification of strategies for data migration, deciding migration priorities, specifying cloud-solution requirements, etc

  • Readiness assessment of migration infrastructure and tools
  • Benchmark migration
  • Network and storage connectivity validation

Migration Execution and Testing


As we have strategically identified the existing gaps and remedial actions, our migration process ensures a smooth journey to the cloud. After the entire process of migration, we ensure to check if the critical applications and processes perform exactly on the cloud.

  • Pilot migration
  • Identify issues and roadblocks
  • Validate cloud improvements
  • Perform acceptance testing

Production Handover


Before signing-off the project we perform Quality assurance and User Acceptance Testing. We address the issues and release the delivery. We also hand-over documentation that contains details about your infrastructure migration to the cloud.

  • QA and UAT
  • Release delivery
  • Documentation

Allianz ensures to define the right cloud migration strategy with the right cloud platform and plan a perfect roadmap for cloud transformation. We formulate proven expertise in adopting a cost-effective cloud migration strategy that aligns with the organization's requirements.

The Migration Strategy

Take a look at our cloud migration strategies

Rehost

The most popular migration approach also known as “lift and shift” lets organizations to move quickly without any need to make any changes or optimize in the cloud. Allianz possesses immense experience in successfully migrating servers to the cloud using the “Lift and Shift” approach.

Replatform

Are you an organization looking to migrate to a managed relational database to reduce the amount of time you spend in managing database? Allianz has the ability to make this happen with “Replatform or “Lift, Tinker and Shift” approach that has the ability to achieve tangible benefits with few cloud optimizations without changing the core architecture of the application.

Repurchase

If your organization is willing to change the existing licensing model you have been using, Allianz can help here as well. We can carry out this Data Only Migration with “Repurchasing or Drop and Shop” migration strategy.

Refactor

If your organization is looking to boost agility or improve business continuity by moving to a service-oriented architecture (SOA), we plunge into this strategy which is often the most expensive solution.

Retire

It is important to identify the IT assets that are no longer used and direct your attention towards maintaining the resources that are widely used. We propose this migration strategy in such cases, where we turn off the IT assets that are not used and boost your business case.

Retain

We propose this migration strategy when an organization is not ready to prioritize an application because there are some applications that you consider unsuitable for the cloud – or you are simply not ready to make the move.

Why Prefer Allianz Cloud Migration Services?

  • Fast, easy and secured result-driven migrations
  • Well-adapted to meet your business demands
  • Quick transformation to the enhanced cloud capabilities
  • Seamless integration with minimum work disruption
  • Secured on-time migration within budget
  • Maximize your IT investment with increased efficiency

Migrating Your Existing Applications To The Cloud

In today’s dynamic business-changing requirements, cloud computing plays a major role in driving business growth. Majority of the businesses are keen on adopting cloud technologies to seize new business opportunities and to run their business operations efficiently.

Cloud migration services from Allianz helps businesses to leverage the full potential of the cloud by setting up a seamless, modern and secure IT cloud infrastructure. Allianz cloud migration services formulate proven expertise in adopting a cost-effective cloud strategy with agile performance and security.

A Phased Strategy For Migration

Cloud Assessment Phase


This is the initial phase where we understand our client’s business by identifying gaps between existing architecture and next-generation cloud architecture. We also determine which cloud strategy is suitable for achieving higher flexibility, agility and scalability. Our cloud assessment phase includes the following :

Technical And Functional Assessment


A technical assessment is required to understand which applications should be moved to the cloud in priority, which applications should be kept in-house, which applications should be re-written and which applications should be decommissioned. This phase covers the following

  • Identifying the right candidate for the cloud
  • Creating a dependency tree and classification chart
  • Identifying tools that can be reused
  • Identifying licensed products

Roadmap and Plan


We will construct a cloud migration roadmap to get an idea on prioritizing applications for migration, the effort required to migrate them, timeline and cost.
In this phase, we perform the following actions.

  • Documenting dependencies
  • Creating a dependency tree
  • Identifying tools that are to build or customize

Security And Compliance Assessment


Data security is very important and poses high-risk if not properly analyzed. Our security assessment covers the following

  • Understanding your risks, threats
  • Classifying data assets based on the sensitivity
  • Identifying the datasets to be moved
  • Identifying the datasets to be kept in-house

Proof of Concept Phase


In this phase, we pick an application which is cloud-friendly and then perform a migration and deployment test against that application and some dummy data. We conduct POC to provide a benchmark by testing ideas, cost, and assumptions.

Deploy The Cloud or Hybrid Environment


Provisioning Virtual Infrastructure

The initial phase in the cloud environment setup is to structure the virtual network. In the case of public clouds, the cloud service provider recommends the network structure in advance for the purpose of sustainability and automation. In the case of virtual private cloud implementations, matching network addressing spaces, namespaces, and other network aspects when connecting the VPN Virtual LAN to existing internal networks requires a significant amount of time and work.

Provisioning The Edge Firewall

To the edge of the internal network, we build a kind of virtual private network We build a kind of virtual private network Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) and ties it to on-premises network resources. This acts as the gateway to the cloud service.

Provisioning Storage

In accordance with the architecture documents, our cloud migration experts build logical units on the cloud’s Storage Area Network (SAN).

Virtual Machine Deployment

The virtual machine deployment method lets us create separate virtual machines and attach them to their appropriate storage units.

Reconfigure the Domain Name Service (DNS)

The newly created VMs through the network gateways are updated in the name servers.

Test Network and Server Connectivity

Our cloud consultants perform network connectivity testing to identify performance characteristics and then measure them against the preferred targets from the architecture.

Update Documentation

Clear documentation that contains test results and the changes made to the initial architecture.

Configure Site-to-Site VPN

In case, if the architecture recommends a static site-to-site VPN connection, our cloud migration experts can implement and test it

Configure Directory Service Connectivity

We ensure to implement and test the connections between the cloud service and the organization’s directory service. Also, the federation between the cloud service provider’s authentication system and the customer is ensured if specified in the architecture.

Our comprehensively trained migration experts are responsible for devising the right plan and make sure nothing is unpredicted.

Migration Plan

Migrating hundreds or thousands of workloads to the cloud requires a thoroughly planned approach. We are committed to carrying out a migration within the stipulated time frame and allocated budget. Our goal is to carry out migration with minimal risk to business while reaching the business goals faster.

Infrastructure Assessment


Infrastructure assessment figures out what exactly needs to be moved and where to be moved. During the infrastructure assessment phase, our migration experts investigate the following areas.

  • The applications to be moved
  • RPO/RTOs of each application
  • Owners of infrastructure component and each applicationg
  • Where do the applications and data reside and their capacity utilization?
  • Compliance and security requirements of each application
  • Technical and operational dependencies and relationships between each application and infrastructure component

Before plunging into cloud migration, our cloud consultants will work with you to have a clear understanding of What Should Be Migrated? Where Should Be Migrated? and How To Carry Out Migration?

What Should Be Migrated?


  • Identification of applications within an organization
  • Determine the applications that are to be moved to the cloud and during this analysis, we detect the applications that are already in the cloud, completely unbeknownst to our clients
  • Prioritize applications considering how each application is critical to the client’s business
  • Based upon acceptable Recovery Time Objective (RTO) or Recovery Point Objective (RPO) each application is assigned a tier
  • Understanding the regulatory, compliance and security needs and also if anything is subjected to HIPAA, PII, and PCI compliance, or internal regulations

Who Manages the Application?


This step is overlooked by the majority of the migration service providers as figuring out who owns and uses each application is time-consuming. But Allianz’s cloud migration experts never leave any elements unnoticed that are crucial to the success of the migration.

  • Identifying who manages each application that are to be moved to the cloud
  • Determining who requires access to these applications

Where Should Be Migrated?


We have experience in dealing with few organizations who come to us complaining that they spend 10 times more than what they planned and this occurs as they began replicating their physical infrastructure into the cloud, instead of assessing what they needed. Allianz accelerates your cloud adoption journey by eliminating the overhead for each application.

  • Identifying the servers, hypervisors, etc. in which applications and associated data running on
  • Identification of physical location and figuring out how much capacity are really utilized by the applications

How to Carry Out Migration?


  • The applications that are architected for high availability and /or redundancy are identified and these can be migrated with minimal to no downtime
  • Identifying applications can’t be migrated without operational impact
  • Understanding the technical and operational interdependencies between each application and infrastructure component
  • Detect the possible outcomes of your actions before you start migrating

Validation of Cloud Migration Plan


  • We perform validation of the cloud migration plan to ensure how thorough the plan is and to identify the potential issues that were not known previously.
  • The bugs that may cause pitfalls are detected and the bugs are fixed and added to the cloud migration plan
  • The backup environment is virtualized so that it matches with the migrated production environment.

Allianz’s cloud migration experts perform right sizing to match instance types and sizes to your workload performance and capacity requirements at the lowest possible cost.

Sizing / Licensing & Infrastructure Mapping

In today’s digital transformation era, many organizations consider moving into the cloud as cloud environments minimize costs. In cloud-based solutions capacity is provisioned and it is based on average usage rather than peak usage. However, the trap many companies get sucked into with moving to the cloud is because of overprovisioning. Hence right sizing before migration is an important step, otherwise, organizations will end up with higher cloud infrastructure spend for a potentially long time.

Let’s take a look at what aspects should be considered to reap the benefits of cloud-based solutions at the key stages of your cloud journey.

  • The first thing is the evaluation of infrastructure and application costs where both direct and indirect costs should be considered. On-premise server maintenance, supplies, materials, software licenses, and other cloud costs come under direct costs. Revenue loss that occurred during database migration downtime and outages that result in lowered productivity is related to indirect costs
  • The next step is to get an estimate for cloud migration services
  • The end factor is to consider the literal costs of cloud migration

Why Right-sizing Is Important?


  • Organizations that opt for cloud migration without precise financial projections or accurate roadmap are at risk of going over budget and over time-planning.
  • Right-sizing the migration plan yields maximum cost-performance optimization immediately upon migration

Purchase Of Software And Hardware Inventory


We take stock of hardware and software inventory to understand what relies on what. We also take care of the purchase of hardware and software that are required for migrating processes and workloads to the cloud. A complete hardware and software inventory accounts for all models, versions, operating systems, storage, servers, security appliances, etc

Deployment Software And Hardware


In order to render our clients a productive infrastructure, we perform efficient hardware and software deployments. Our team of experts ensures to carry out deployments on the right time and on budget.

Deployment Options:


  • Model 1 : VMware : Private cloud / Hybrid with AWS
  • Model 2 : AWS Public Cloud
  • Model 3 : VMware on AWS Public cloud : Hybrid Environment.
  • Model 4 : Azure Stack.
  • Model 5 : Azure Stack HCI.
  • Model 6 : Microsoft Cloud – Private Cloud.
  • Model 7 : Openstack