1. Application Portfolio Readiness
A good set of APM tools can give you a complete view of your data center, including the performance of machines and networks and the workings of the database server itself. They can allow you to see the overall performance of your application environment and end user application ties to the business data of the transactions. They can even extend your insight into the end user experience and collect information on where your requests are coming from and what devices and channels are being used.
Many agencies don’t have a clear picture of what applications are residing in their infrastructure, due to sheer network complexity and a grueling demand to keep pace with market and technology changes. It’s difficult to look at the entire portfolio of applications holistically, given disparate systems. But understanding connections and interdependencies between applications is crucial to understanding how each will impact that IT infrastructure as it heads to a cloud environment.
And, while efficiency and performance are hallmarks of cloud technology, these beneﬁts can only be reaped if applications are appropriately automated and orchestrated before they move to the cloud. That requires an understanding of what each application is, what it does and how it interacts with other applications. You need to achieve this level of understanding across all workloads and applications – not just those moving to the cloud. Otherwise, an application left on-premise may be negatively impacted by a cloud-transitioned application due to the interconnectivity.
Focus on applications where cloud can enhance performance before migration begins. Automating the process of performance checks can be achieved with certain tools, which can also identify areas where current performance can be improved. That can ensure you’re sending the most suitable applications to the cloud and guarantees you’ll reap the efficiency and performance rewards of a migration.