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Unraveling the key to a hassle-free cloud migration journey

Unraveling the key to a hassle-free cloud migration journey
November 24, 2022

Digital transformation is a strategic priority, and an increasing number of organizations are realizing the importance of moving away from traditional data centers as an essential step in this direction. According to Gartner, 80 percent of enterprises will shut down their traditional data centers by 2025. That said, it is imperative for enterprises to look for solutions that not only provide an easy exit from traditional data centers, but help to build an infrastructure backbone that supports rapid innovation, agility and resilience.

While many enterprises are still running traditional workloads on on-premise data center infrastructure, some reasons that are driving the shift to cloud are as follows:

  • Support for the legacy infrastructure is phasing out, causing significant capital expenditures for data center renovations.
  • There is a dwindling skill pool as experts in legacy applications retire.
  • Also, the re-platforming and rewriting of applications to the cloud is often a humungous task.

Hence, there is an increasing sense of urgency to find innovative ways to exit data center and move on-premises workloads to the cloud.

The Challenge with Traditional Systems

Although enterprises want to hold on to the value of on-premise infrastructure,  they have to deal with the high cost and risk concerns associated with it. Cloud security is also a major concern with legacy infrastructure. Building and administering robust security safeguards for vast applications requires a lot of time and effort. Legacy infrastructure also makes it difficult to embrace new advancements in cloud security.

The Solution

Until now, moving traditional applications to the cloud required major re-architecting, restructuring and rewriting. This not only took a lot of time and effort but also put the dependability of essential business applications in jeopardy. Businesses can now enjoy cloud-scale advantages while upgrading mission-critical workloads, without having to rebuild them, thanks to Skytap on Azure.

Skytap on Azure, a cloud solution that runs conventional business-critical workloads (IBM Power and x86) natively in Azure, takes away the complexities of a typical cloud migration journey and makes it a simple procedure. Organizations of any size may simply migrate IBM AIX, IBM i, and Linux workloads on IBM Power Systems or conventional x86 workloads to Skytap on Azure. The solution makes cloud migration for IBM Power-based applications and workloads not only viable but also doable, allowing businesses to modernize applications while preserving the value of existing power system investments.

Skytap on Azure enables organizations to experience digital transformation while removing the need for infrastructure purchase and data center administration. Depending on the workload size, whole environments, including logical partitions (LPARs) and virtual machines (VMs), network settings and business applications can be moved in as little as an hour. ExpressRoute, a private network link between an organization's on-premises networks and Azure cloud infrastructure, allows for a quick and safe transfer. Skytap on Azure allows organizations to quickly adapt to demand variations, such as a disaster recovery failover, using on-demand capacity and pay-as-you-go pricing. This flexibility helps to enhance operational resiliency and ensure business continuity.

Why Skytap on Azure?

Let’s take a look at the key value proposition for Skytap on Azure.

Swift and Agile

Continuous uptime and flexibility are required for business operations to expand and to enable people to access the data they require. By moving an IBM Power platform from on-premises to the cloud, organizations can innovate faster and be certain that workloads and applications will be up and running as per the needs. Mission-critical apps can swiftly adjust to a service outage, thanks to Azure's backup and disaster recovery features.

Azure-native Services

Organizations may use Skytap on Azure to extend the value of existing apps by leveraging Azure-native services. Microservices, analytical services and powerful automation become possible when IBM Power platforms are moved to Azure. Advanced analytics and machine learning services enable business users and the teams responsible for designing and maintaining applications to make real-time, data-driven decisions.

Run with Conviction

A cloud-transformation program requires a combination of organizational preparedness, the correct technology and a knowledgeable and trustworthy partner. With a broad spectrum of installations allowing the migration of thousands of LPARs to the cloud, Skytap on Azure checks all the boxes for both technological and operational requirements of the IBM Power platform.


To thrive in this rapidly transforming digital environment, organizations need to build agility, flexibility and faster responsiveness to evolving customer needs. While adopting a cloud migration strategy, enterprises must look at operating business applications with confidence, and partner with a solution provider that can bring in the right knowledge and expertise in this area.

In addition to a seamless migration service, HCLTech’s Skytap on Azure can provide businesses with benefits such as high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR), agile development, visibility and control and maximized RoI.

With HCLTech’s extensive pool of tech experts and solution architects and an established Center of Excellence (CoE) team, customers can promptly receive the support to design, build and migrate their workloads, thereby finding their way to effortless migration and cloud-scale benefits.

For more information, please connect at contact.hyc@hcl.com

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