Why Application Modernisation Matters for Every Cloud Migration

It’s important to think of your move to the cloud as a planned journey instead of an overnight switch.

Modern businesses need modern applications and no journey to the cloud is complete without an application modernisation strategy.

If we haven’t made it clear by now, there are few things we love more than cloud computing and all the possibilities it entails. Not only does the cloud allow businesses to remain functional under the most disruptive circumstances by providing flexible, scalable solutions for remote work, it also offers the possibility of cutting costs along with carbon emissions too. It’s a win for you and the planet.

Moving from on-premise servers to off-site data centres can seem daunting at the best of times, but that’s exactly why entrusting this journey to skilled professionals with the tools and know-how to guide your business on this transition makes all the difference.

Better still, what if they’re backed by a world-leading cloud services provider like Microsoft Azure? With Braintree, each cloud migration journey is uniquely tailored to suit the needs of your business and it needn’t be an ‘all or nothing’ approach. And it’s not just servers, but a host of other services, such as web applications, line-of-business applications and databases too.

As Braintree’s Head of Azure, Chris Badenhorst, explains, “It’s important to think of your move to the cloud as a planned journey instead of an overnight switch. And, as with all journeys, the key is to establish where you are, where you want to be and how you’ll get there. Your business is unique, and so is your cloud strategy. Using the right planning and frameworks will ease your cloud adoption journey and give more bang for your buck.”


It’s About More Than Just the Move

There’s no doubt, moving to the cloud – either in full or partially – is one of the absolute best ways to future-proof your business operations. Besides giving you the option of flipping costly, often unpredictable, capital expenditures to manageable, fixed monthly operational expenditures while upgrading or downgrading with ease, it also allows you to work safely and securely from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

That said, to truly make the most of your new cloud computing environment and avoid future frustration, it’s important to factor in application modernisation – especially when it comes to moving legacy systems over to the cloud.

Says Badenhorst, “Cloud migration is so much more than just taking a server and “dumping” it into the cloud, where is the modernisation in that? In many scenarios, business applications can be migrated into “serverless” platforms, without complex, backend servers to manage and update. This is where Azure has the power, thanks to over 200 products and cloud services designed to help you bring new solutions to life. And what’s more, once those applications have been modernised, we can help you explore other innovations, such business and artificial intelligence.”


Azure Offers Unrivalled Application Optimisation

Modernising your applications and databases will not only allow you to get the most from the cloud, but Azure in particular. This is especially true when it comes to modernising Windows Server and SQL Servers, especially as support for older versions, like Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012, is starting to come to an end.

If you’re still running either of the above on-premise, Azure offers the most cost-effective cloud hosting solution. It allows you to use your existing on-premises SQL Server and Windows Server licenses in the cloud at no additional cost while also providing three years-worth of Extended Security Updates after end of support for free too. Besides cost-saving, this gives you time to implement a modernisation plan while remaining compliant and without interrupting any of your business-critical applications to do so.

Badenhorst adds, “Braintree has migrated and modernised a lot of our customers’ infrastructure, applications, and databases to Azure, and, as a result, we’ve developed the Braintree Cloud Journey in collaboration with Microsoft and their migration teams. It’s a process built on best practices, strategy and, more importantly, ‘your best possible outcome in the cloud’”.


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