Snapshot Cloud Readiness
The Cloud market is taking the IT industry by storm. The analysts say 85% of IT organizations currently use Cloud services or expect to use them soon. Several key trends have reached maturity levels that make the Cloud approach practical and cost effective. These trends include high-speed networks enabling large amounts of data to be moved easily, and widespread use of online services such as Amazon and Google. In addition, the use of smart devices has changed user interaction with applications and data from individual computers to anytime, anywhere access.
From an operational perspective using Cloud services turns a capital expense into a monthly operating expense, similar to what drove the outsourcing business only with far fewer restrictions. However, to effectively use the Cloud you need to plan the migration carefully. It is important to ensure that what is moved to the Cloud is really what will benefit your business.
Know WHAT YOU have and how it's being used
The software product Snapshot makes it easy to get the information needed to make a smooth migration to the Cloud and to operate efficiently. Snapshot analyses the current infrastructure to determine existing workloads and applications and how they are being used. Snapshot can collect all—or selected parts—of the infrastructure by using subnets, DNS, or IP ranges. Snapshot can collect up to 1000 parameters depending on the needs of the business. Snapshot is agentless so nothing is loaded on any target machine. Utilization is also collected. All data is stored in an SQL database.
Cloud Readiness Assessment
The analysis and reports created by Snapshot constitute the ISI Cloud Readiness Assessment providing a detailed review of your current infrastructure and workloads (servers) to determine which are best suited for migration to the Cloud. Snapshot provides an analyzes of what applications and workloads you have and how they are being used. It identifies current inefficient usage of resources and makes recommendations on ways to improve efficiency so these inefficiencies, and costs, are not transferred to the Cloud. Our studies have found most users over provision by 40% or more. Reducing this can be a significant cost savings.
As part of the Snapshot analysis, Server
captured and mapped both graphically and in report format to assist
in positioning servers for optimal performance.
Map of all servers connecting to WIN13SFLARGSKSO and a list of those servers showing Inbound and Outbound connections on the left. Red dots represent servers connecting to WIN13SFLARGSKSO, but were not part of the Dependencies collection.
The fee structure for Cloud makes it important to know what the business really needs and match it to the standard offerings of the Cloud vendor. Access to additional resources from the Cloud vendor are readily available so there is no need to over provision. Snapshot helps address this in two powerful ways: First, it lets you model your workloads onto a vendor’s standard workload templates and secondly, it shows you what configuration change would allow you to use the standard template you wanted.
ISI Snapshot uses customers’ specific workload templates, selected from their preferred Cloud Provider, to give businesses a “Stoplight” analysis report, (green is a perfect fit, amber is good BUT with recommendations, and red has currently NO fit in the current selected modeling). It also shows the configuration changes required to use the standard template you selected.
Using Snapshot, you’ll quickly know what
applications and workloads are running, how efficiently they are
using resources, what resources they need, what dependencies they
have, and the best fit with the standards of your Cloud vendor.
The Stoplight report showing the workloads modeled onto desired Cloud vendor standard templates. Highlighted entries identify parameters that forced workload to a larger configuration.