AURO Cloud Onboarding

Cloud computing builds upon all the previous IT advances in recent years and provides an opportunity for businesses to reduce costs and time by sharing computing, storage and networking. At AURO, we understand that cloud onboarding and migration may seem like a complicated and high-risk project.


AURO Basics: Migrating Your Application Workloads

At AURO, we ensure clients onboard and migrate their application workloads into the cloud successfully.

Application Workloads?

It’s all about the 'application workloads’, not just the 'applications'.

Applications don’t typically operate in isolation, and the 'workload' concept captures the notion of all the work being done by a system when your application(s) is running.

A common application setup running in the AURO Cloud


The actual process of onboarding ('forklifting' workloads) consist of seven relatively easy steps. Utilizing these processes will significantly improve your cloud experience. With any migration, defining the workload is all about careful planning and preparation. Here are some of the steps AURO’s team will use when evaluating your onboarding into the cloud:

  • Deploying the workload
  • Workload analysis
  • Ensuring seamless two-way access with appropriate candidate workloads for cloud migration and understanding your requirements for onboarding
  • Testing and validating
  • Getting the application cloud-ready
  • Discontinuing the old service as the application will perform as required on the target cloud architecture.
  • Working with AURO Enterprise Cloud and determining the target cloud environment to enable both sides to outline the implications for onboarding support.


Ensuring smooth integration

When defining the workload, the number and type of cloud servers required for migration will depend on the nature and scale of your application workload and the way it interacts with software and services not being migrated. Whenever you’re ready, you can use AURO’s self-service interface cloud dashboard for the creation of your account and purchasing/deployment of the cloud services that you need (e.g., servers, storage, network). Smooth integration is required between the cloud workload and services not migrated, and you need to be able to monitor and manage the application as well as the cloud infrastructure. Here are some of the items we verify during these steps:

  • Prepare and test prior to deployment -- there are usually surprises.
  • Has everything been transferred correctly?
  • Do network, storage, compute and database configurations remain intact?
  • Can you see and manage the cloud environment properly?
  • Does your cloud backup process work?
  • After confirming that everything is working well, you can then give access to users and decommission the enterprise service.


Establishing a Secure VPN Connection

Secure and transparent bi-directional connectivity, usually through an internet VPN, may be required between your existing IT infrastructure and the cloud, both for the migration itself and for cross-platform application interactions after migration. When ready, deploy the workload. Your cloud servers can be configured and connected to services remaining behind, followed by the transfer of the application and any associated databases, software and services being migrated. This action can be performed by your IT team, or AURO can provide migration assistance.


Ensuring seamless two-way access


What should you consider in during the analysis phase of your migration?

Business impact

  • How business-critical is the workload?
  • Where does the workload fit in the application lifecycle?
  • What does that mean for its cloud environment requirements?

Business requirements

  • Given the workload's business use, what are the implications for required service levels, transaction rates, response times, number of simultaneous users to be supported, or other relevant availability and performance-related measures?
  • What supporting service requirements does the workload require (e.g., in terms of backup, disaster recovery, monitoring) and what are the implications for cloud deployment?
  • Are there any specific security and compliance requirements (e.g. encryption, isolation, data privacy) and what does that mean for cloud deployment?

Application architecture

  • Is the application architecture built for the cloud in any way (for example, is the application horizontally scalable in the way that native cloud applications are, or only vertically scalable as traditional enterprise applications tend to be)?
  • If not, what's involved in refactoring/retooling the application for AURO’s cloud environment?
  • Are the time and costs acceptable when weighed against the benefits?

Computing resources and dependencies

  • What OS, databases and application servers are being used and how hard are they to migrate to the cloud?
  • What are the CPU, memory, network and storage requirements and what will it cost to provide these in AURO’s cloud environment?
  • What other software supports the workload? What are the dependencies or integration touch points with other workloads?

Operational and support requirements:

  • How many hours/people are required to support the workload and what do they cost?
  • What are the costs of licensing?
  • What are the operational costs for space, power and cooling?
  • For these and other operational and support costs: will anything be saved by migration to a cloud environment?


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