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Solix EDMS Cloud Enabling Solutions
As companies continue drive efficiencies, IT overhead is being increasingly scrutinized, and for good reason. According to Gartner Group, as much as 80% of every dollar spent on IT does not contribute to business growth, productivity gains or competitive advantage. This is a direct consequence of a bloated IT infrastructure resulting in overly complex systems that contribute to higher operational costs, lower availability, poor utilization rates and slower adaptability. Cloud computing has been hailed by the industry as the answer to this cost, waste and risk. Conceptually cloud computing points the way towards a future in which IT infrastructures are easier to maintain and deliver significantly higher quality of service at a lower cost than current levels.
While the buzz has been around cloud based services, very little attention has been paid to how organizations will move existing assets to the cloud. Indeed, while the promise of cloud computing is compelling, the business of migrating legacy assets can be daunting. Consolidating legacy assets to the private cloud forces the IT organization and its line-of-business customers to face the harsh reality that significant complexity exists and that hard choices have to be made.
To achieve the promised savings from cloud computing, companies must consolidate and rationalize their application portfolios onto the newly simplified cloud infrastructure. They must be able to retire legacy applications in a safe and orderly fashion. Only by eliminating the complex legacy infrastructure can organizations truly achieve any of the cloud's promised savings. Failure to do so will mean that the cloud is simply one more thing that must be managed, ultimately adding more complexity and cost.
- Gartner Research (Sheila Childs, Andy Kyte, Ted Friedman, Debra Logan, Jim Duggan)
- Managing orphaned data will require a multidisplianary approach" Gartner, March 2011
The transition to cloud based infrastructure is first and foremost an information lifecycle management (ILM) process. Any organization hoping to extract the full value of the cloud to significantly reduce IT costs over the long-term must approach this opportunity with an eye for the cloud's strategic value and not minor short term cost savings. Such an effort requires that companies rationalize their application portfolios by determining which applications should migrate to the mainline active cloud infrastructure and which applications should be retired and their data placed in an archive or offline cloud infrastructure where access can be preserved long-term in the event that some future need arises. The ability to classify data appropriately will be a key enabler in this transition.
The Solix Enterprise Data Management Suite (EDMS) Cloud Enabling Solutions are part of Solix EDMS data platform are designed from ground up to help facilitate the process of transitioning application portfolios to the cloud and managing data so that the shared infrastructure services provided by the cloud are utilized and managed as efficiently as possible. Solix EDMS Cloud Enabling Solutions speed the transition to private, public and hybrid cloud.
Solix EDMS Cloud Enabling Solutions include:
Data Consolidation/Migration/Application Retirement - to take advantage of cloud computing infrastructures is to begin the process of moving existing application data to the cloud while retiring older, redundant, and costly legacy environments and data.
Application Data Archiving – as a prelude to migration to the cloud, many organizations will find it beneficial to archive off older data prior to moving the balance of the production data to the cloud. Once in the cloud, application data management will have a stronger emphasis as multiple applications/tenants will be sharing that infrastructure. Organizations will want to maintain only the data that is required by the business while archiving older data to lower cost storage on the cloud or to simply ensure the performance and smooth maintenance of the application.
Database Subsetting/Provisioning – as data is moved from private to public or from a SaaS based application to another public or private cloud infrastructure for testing purposes or other needs, the ability to extract and move customized subsets of data is both cost effective and efficient manner.
Data Masking – perhaps one of the largest obstacles to public cloud adoption will be concerns over data security. Testing will continue to be a critical element in any application life cycle, it's important to know that some of this testing may now take place outside the corporate firewall on a public cloud infrastructure. There is no better way to secure the data than to never expose it in the first place. Data masking can generate referentially consistent test data without exposing the actual production data. Even when provisioning test environments within the private cloud, masking insures that sensitive information is not exposed to insider threats.
- Segregate data based on its intrinsic business value and move active data to the cloud.
- Adopt an utility based pricing model for the data management services such as database archiving and application retirement.
- Rapidly provision and share Solix EDMS in private cloud infrastructure using either software or virtual appliance models.
- Use Solix ExAPPS Appliance as a private cloud infrastructure to store the data coming from legacy applications that are being retired.
- Ensures data on the cloud is optimally compressed and therefore requiring far less off premise storage resources.
- Replaces multiple physical servers, applications and storage by provisioning to a single appliance – Solix ExAPPS Appliance on the cloud.
- Unified approach to archiving and data retention of all application data on the cloud.