When moving to the cloud or modernizing their current cloud estate, more and more organizations are opting for a multi-cloud approach. One of the reasons is not to limit themselves to just one cloud vendor, but instead to choose, for each application, the best-suited solution across the different cloud platform catalogs. Indeed, priorities vary from one application to another. Depending on the underlying business case, the overriding factor can be for instance cost efficiency, data security, or sustainability. Another driver to develop a multi-cloud strategy can be to minimize the risk of vendor lock-in.
Multi-cloud can become a great asset for organizations who want to leverage all benefits of a cloud architecture. But without a central system to keep track of the overall infrastructure, managing a multi-cloud environment can easily become extremely time consuming.
As explained by our CEO Matthias Farwick in this article, IT modernization is a journey, not a one-off project. As companies build their multi-cloud architecture, they need to keep track of their modernization goals. In this context, a central management platform will help them to:
Understand their current application portfolio. By developing a complete overview of their application portfolio, organizations will clearly understand the distribution of their applications between different cloud providers. They will have information about which applications are still on-premises, as well as the share of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS in their current estate.
Identify modernization and right-sizing opportunities. When dealing with a large application portfolio, one challenge is to prioritize modernization efforts. With a central multi-cloud management platform, organizations can identify which applications could benefit from modernization. For instance, they will notice that one application’s architecture will soon be outdated according to the organization’s IT security standards.
Find the best-suited replacements in the cloud. Once modernization needs have been identified and prioritized, organizations need to find a suitable replacement for each on-premise application or service in the cloud catalog of their vendors. This often turns out to be a long and complicated process, as each provider has its own way to describe its product, product variants, features, and pricing options. However, it can be made much easier with a platform that maintains harmonized information on all services from the main cloud vendors.
The Txture software platform provides a central hub for organizations to drive their multi-cloud modernization projects. Unlike most solutions, Txture empowers you to analyze applications not only from a technical perspective (related database, underlying infrastructure, etc.) but also from a business perspective. For instance: the business cases supported by the application, the application’s criticality for operations, and the processes that will be affected if the application stops working. Other important topics like regulatory requirements, carbon footprint, and security policies are also part of the assessment, in order to provide you with a full understanding of each application.
This 360° assessment is the foundation for identifying modernization needs across your application portfolio and finding relevant services in the cloud.
Based on the application assessment, and the cloud migration preferences that you can configure on the platform, Txture shows you relevant modernization scenarios for each application, with specific scores to define the modernization benefits and feasibility. Recommendations can include deploying an application in a container environment or using managed services and databases.
Also, based on scaling factors (for example, related to virtual machines or database instances), Txture automatically suggests the right-sized cloud instances. This helps you easily minimize costs across your entire application portfolio.
Each modernization or right-sizing proposal contains detailed information about the cloud services, pricing options, carbon footprint, and much more.
Txture also comes with an extended knowledge base. There you will find up-to-date information on more than 450,000 cloud product variants, from the catalogs of the main cloud vendors. This way, you do not have to look for information from the different cloud providers. Comparison becomes easier and faster, accelerating your modernization decisions.
Find out how the Txture platform helps you manage your multi-cloud estate, and accelerate your cloud modernization projects!
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