Getting ‘Smart’ About Cloud Migration

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The benefits of a cloud-first strategy are becoming increasingly clear, from increased speed and flexibility to enhanced security capability. But what may be less obvious is the best way to tap into those cloud advantages. In fact, one of the biggest challenges of cloud adoption is simply "getting it right" when it comes to migrating operations.

At least 70 percent of U.S. organizations are adopting private, public, hybrid or other cloud computing models, according to IDG's 2016 Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey report. And, 56 percent are working on transferring more IT operations to the cloud.

Of those organizations implementing cloud strategies, 100 percent are wondering how long the migration will take and how tedious it will be. The traditional approach of rebuilding configurations and policies from scratch for the new cloud deployment is time-consuming and resource-intensive. Other questions arise, too, about how to manage the new environment.

The challenge of migration is even greater for organizations with a large, geographically dispersed footprint. Writing PowerShell scripts and policies for hundreds or thousands of users makes the migration process a long one.

So, how can you "get it right" as you move resources from a traditional environment to the cloud? Enter SaaS (software as a service) tools.

Smart migration, or, the shortcut to production time

Let's use Citrix Smart Tools as an example. These cloud-based tools include Smart Migrate, which provides a simple and intuitive way for organizations to automate migration of applications, policies, and settings to a XenApp and XenDesktop environment.

With step-by-step guidance and a user-friendly dashboard, this functionality will help your team migrate application data and policies easily and without having to write any additional script. Automation is a tremendous time-saver, of course, and gives time back to your IT staff to focus on more strategic issues while migration happens seamlessly.

The Smart Tools suite also includes other useful features that automate tasks and help reduce migration costs. For example, every organization and machine has its own power needs. With the Smart Scale tool, you can accommodate peaks in demand according to a schedule or load usage—the tool automatically powers servers according to usage, load and peak times to ensure availability and control costs.

Smart Check is another useful component in the suite. You can use this diagnostic tool to easily run a regular health check across the full Citrix environment, whether it's a hybrid or all-cloud design. Reports will uncover issues before end-users even notice, and the tool will alert you with issue notifications and recommended fixes.

Smart Tools are a service component included in your Citrix cloud license, and should be of interest for organizations considering a Citrix cloud deployment. But, all that is certain in the race to the cloud is that every organization needs its own course to the finish line.


August 30, 2016