Virtualization Is Also a Tool for Migration
Ryan Boyles 100000UX41 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  websphere virtualization amywohl cloud iwd migration
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Nearly everyone has signed up for virtualization as a cost saving measure – it simply makes sense to run virtual sessions on a smaller number of more powerful systems. But that’s not all virtualization can do for a data center. Virtualization can also be used to make migrations faster and smoother.
Customers and IBM Business Partners are now using IBM Workload Deployer (formerly known as WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance) to take IBM middleware virtual images and deploy them to a private cloud to create environments for customer applications. This capability to move a virtual image (or a pattern) quickly can allow users to migrate applications to a WebSphere server in minutes rather than weeks. It also removes manual processes (which can be slow, costly, and error-prone), and ensures security.
Customers can use IBM Workload Deployer (IWD) to manage their development and deployment issues such as integration test and performance/stress/load before placing their applications into production. Once the environment has been defined and tested, it can be made available on a repeatable, self-service basis. All of this takes advantage of such goals as automation, standardization, and virtualization.
The payback to the IT organization (and, indeed, to the business, as well) is that there is quicker Time to Value. This means the payback for using this process increases total revenue as well as making revenue streams available sooner. (If the Time to Value is “increased user satisfaction or decreased dissatisfaction”, or “more leads converted to sales”, calculations can, of course, be made on those terms.)IBM Business Partners like Haddon Hill Group are finding IWD an ideal tool for smoothly and quickly managing customer migrations; it’s also a way to integrate software. Take a look at a case study of Haddon Hill Group and its financial services client’s migration.
Generally, using IWD is an up-front decision, based on client needs for a planned migration. It might involve software upgrades or simply a need to move applications to the cloud. There are many IBM customers doing a migration or update who are candidates for an IWD deployment. Mainly they are enterprise customers who can see the logic of making an extra investment in the upgrade/migration process in return for speed and fewer road bumps. Customers who are considering migrations are usually coming to the end of the support cycle for a product or want to leverage new features/functions in the new version of a product (such as performance).
But sometimes it is a remediation effort where a migration effort gets bogged down and new resources need to be applied. This can come in the form of pre-integrated solutions – IWD, WebSphere Message Broker, Cloud entitlements and the Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere or the needed components can be purchased separately.
In order to get the full benefits of virtualization and cloud computing, it’s important to design your processes so that as much automation, standardization, and virtualization as might be appropriate can be applied. Faster Time to Value has become the right measurement for many upgrades and migrations and these tools will help you get there. In my next blog, I’ll be discussing SOA and Governance, an important topic for developing a well managed cloud.