A Blog by Cloudhouse CTO, Nick Coleman
Digital transformation is a major area of focus for almost every enterprise. But how can it be fully achieved when critical applications are ‘stuck’ on legacy platforms unsupported by cloud vendors?
Ongoing support for the platforms that many applications run on is coming to an end. Enterprises relying on those applications could face disruption to budgets, business continuity, security and customer satisfaction rates.
It is predicted that 80% of enterprises will close their traditional data centres by 2025, but in reality the number could be far lower. This is because many organisations are solely concentrating on migrating front-office applications to the cloud. The back-office applications on which the whole business depends must also be carefully considered.
Impending end-of-life deadlines are driving urgency around cloud migration projects. Microsoft has set a January 14, 2020, end-of-support deadline for both Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2. Enterprises in a hurry to complete application migration before end-of-support deadlines may wrongly feel they have to leave critical middle-tier and back-end applications behind because there is no reliable way of migrating them successfully. Then they risk being locked into costly contracts, potentially with multiple technology providers.
An evergreen solution
Cloudhouse’s expertise in application compatibility packaging lifts those middle and back-end applications from their legacy environments and transposing them successfully into any existing cloud system.
Application compatibility packaging is a viable alternative to virtualisation which is often pushed as a possible solution. Yet the reality is that while virtualisation can solve some conflicts between applications and make deployment more straightforward, it cannot solve all of the compatibility issues between applications and cloud-providers’ systems.
Advanced application compatibility packaging technology avoids the need for complex, time-consuming and costly recoding or refactoring. It can take as little as a week, meaning applications can be migrated to cloud well ahead of end-of-life deadlines. A further advantage over virtualisation is complete control over packaging while enabling the redirection, isolation and compatibility required to successfully migrate incompatible applications into any cloud system.
Enterprises benefit from peace of mind gained by knowing critical apps will continue to function fully in the cloud, safe from end-of-life risks and limitations. The process futureproofs critical applications, giving them a new lease of life as a cloud-compliant application, manageable with any of the standard third-party tools.
When it comes to digital transformation, enterprises needn’t leave those business-critical legacy applications behind. Application compatibility packaging will place them ahead of the curve.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Cloudhouse costs are split into two elements – the licensing required to deploy application compatibility packages, and the professional services needed to create the application compatibility packages.
Licensing is offered on a per user basis for desktop applications and a per server basis for server applications. There are discounts available based on volumes.
Professional Services costs are dependent on the nature and complexity of the application. We quote a cost for packaging once we have been able to see the application, or portfolio of applications.
Contact us here with your requirements and we will provide you with a quote.
Packaging and Maintaining Applications
Cloudhouse provide the Professional Services to package applications.
Cloudhouse recommend packaged applications are tested in the standard UAT environments used for natively installed applications, or applications packaged in App-V. The more representative the test environment is of the live environment, the greater the chance of finding any issues prior to go-live.
Service packs and updates can be applied to the applications in a package using the Editor, refer to Updating, Editing and Maintaining Containers which describes how a new snapshot is created for the update, and how it is then applied to the package.
Cloudhouse recommends the same team who manage the operations of native apps.
Applications running in Application Compatibility Packages can be deployed, and managed with same tools, or scripts used to deploy natively installed applications e.g. SCCM, InTune, LAN Desk. Please refer to Supported 3rd Party Products and Versions for details.
The Cloudhouse Package does not include OS components, it only contains the packaged application plus Cloudhouse components. Cloudhouse recommend the same team that is responsible for supporting applications packaged with App-V, or delivered as natively installed applications, support Cloudhouse Application Compatibility Containers.
Full documentation is made available to Cloudhouse partners and customers as required.
Cloudhouse offers a full packaging service that can scale to meet any requirement. In the event, however, that a partner wishes to offer application compatibility packaging as part of a wider solution, Cloudhouse will work with that partner. Please contact us here for details.