Top 5 learnings from 1000s of successful migrations

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Migrations are used to shift data or software from one device/system to another. Usually, migration occurs when operating systems become old or outdated and applications are no longer supported on them. 

The purpose of migration for businesses is to keep their systems up to date, in turn, reducing their number of security flaws. Additionally, migration removes the need to buy new and expensive software or technology while safely transferring information across to better-supported systems. 

Cloudhouse’s top 5 learnings

Through years of experience and completing 1000s of successful migrations, we wish to share with you 5 of our key takeaways:

1. It is actually very common for businesses to be aware that they are running on outdated systems, yet avoid updating them. This is because they believe it requires a lot of time and money to transfer their applications across to newer ones without losing any data. Another reason companies avoid migrating is due to incompatibility and believing that by converting to newer servers, some of their applications are at risk in incompatible environments.  

2. The above is untrue – Alchemy offers a solution for this. Continue reading or head over to our contact page to find out more. 

3. Organisations that are aware they are using outdated software, are not entirely aware of the risks they are putting both their business and customers under. Avoiding migration can lead to a greater number of security patches, in turn, increasing the possibility of system breaches as the number of entry points for attackers is higher.

Less extreme issues can also arise from avoiding migration – for example, competition from other organisations that are more technologically advanced and are operating on newer systems. They have the advantage of working faster and safer, resulting in a better experience for their customers. Vulnerable systems are also more susceptible to breaking, leading to the expense of either fixing them or replacing them entirely.

4. Many organisations are not aware that they can seek help with their migrational needs, and if they are, they don’t realise that it doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. There is a common misconception that migrating legacy systems (those that are over a decade old) is risky and almost impossible – with many companies under the impression that they need to invest in new systems altogether.

5. As previously mentioned, through years of experience, Cloudhouse are professionals when it comes to migrating technology. We know the ins and outs of Windows and Citrix platforms and we continue to use our knowledge to efficiently and effectively assist businesses with their migrational needs. We know which applications will flag incompatibility and how to adjust them accordingly to that they work safely; creating more modern operating systems for organisations.

To find out how Cloudhouse can help you, contact us here. 

About Cloudhouse

Avatar photoCloudhouse is experienced in problematic application migration and config monitoring systems to fix the unfixable and modernise any IT estate – whether it’s run on-premises or in the cloud. With two proven solutions; Alchemy: Cloudhouse Application Packaging Solution modernises IT estates by fixing unfixable apps and moves them onto a supported operating system.

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How much does Cloudhouse cost? Down Arrow

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
Who is responsible for packaging desktop and server applications? Down Arrow

Cloudhouse provide the Professional Services to package applications.

Requirements for Test and Development Down Arrow

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.

Updating Applications Down Arrow

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.

Who manages Cloudhouse operationally within an account? Down Arrow

Cloudhouse recommends the same team who manage the operations of native apps.

Automation and Deployment Down Arrow

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.

How do we know which of our departments/ teams should support the Package? Down Arrow

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.

Documentation for Service Desk & Service Management Down Arrow

Full documentation is made available to Cloudhouse partners and customers as required.

Do Cloudhouse provide training? Down Arrow

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.