This document outlines the new features that are being pushed on to CloudRecon Prod environment. Customers will be able to leverage these new features by taking this document as a guideline.
This document is to demonstrate the newest features being rolled out in the CloudRecon Portal in March 2023. Users will be able to use this document as a guide to utilize the variety of features offered by CloudRecon.
This document is to be used as a reference regarding new features for all internal CloudAtlas platform users.
The Migration Assist section offers a list of updates that improve your migration experience. These reports give you a detailed analysis of your infrastructure and application migration process. The "Wave Plan Database" report has been added to Migration Assist.
Wave planning for database migration requires a comprehensive understanding of the existing infrastructure and a well-planned migration strategy that considers the unique needs and requirements of the database and associated applications. The updated CloudRecon Wave Plan Database analysis does just that - analyzing existing infrastructure to determine the most efficient and effective way to move the database to its new environment. This section is divided into four categories - Summary, Wave Plan Details, Workload Details, Waves and Groups.
In the 'Summary' tab, you get data relating to total number of waves, groups, databases, and servers as well as summary information such as the make-up of the different waves and a view of the Five R analysis.
The Five Rs were originally developed by Gartner to clarify options when considering modernizing applications and databases to the cloud. Since being developed, the model has evolved and CloudRecon includes six Rs, but we'll refer to it as the Five Rs as that is the commonly accepted term. The purpose of Five R analysis in a cloud environment is to evaluate the database(s) based on the business goals such as increased innovation, fast migration, cost efficiency, etc. This allows you to maximize the benefits of the cloud and minimize costs to improve resource utilization.
Rehost : This is the simplest migration strategy, where the application is moved to a new environment without making any changes to the code or architecture.
Refactor : This involves making changes to the code or architecture to optimize it for the new environment, while retaining the existing functionality of the application.
Rebuild : This strategy involves completely rebuilding the application from scratch, taking advantage of new technology and architecture patterns.
Replace : This involves replacing the existing application with a different solution that provides equivalent functionality.
Retire : This strategy involves retiring the application, either because it is no longer needed or because a viable substitute has been found.
Retain : In some instances it might be advisable to retain the application on premises due to the nature of the application itself, the investment required to modernize or very specific or specialized compliance and regulatory requirements that might not yet be available in the cloud.
The 'Wave Plan Details' tab provides database-level data such as Migration Approach, Infra Complexity, Workload Criticality, Compute Cost, Landing Zone Price, and Storage Price.
In the 'Workload details' Tab, you can see details for all database VMs, such as, server type, server name, migration approach, other workloads, Azure target, Platform Factor and Comments. Analysis is applied to the databases, including SQL database, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, MongoDB and MariaDB. Through this process, overall performance and suitability for a given application or purpose can be determined.
In the 'Wave Groups' Tab you can find the grouping details of applications according to several factors including environment and ease of migration. These groups are migrated on a priority basis - where Group 1 applications will be migrated first, followed by Group 2 and so onas shown in the figure below.
This section explains the updated features in the CloudRecon Portal.
The Azure Dedicated Host menu under Cloud Migration has introduced two new pricing models. Previously, only three pricing models were available for Azure Dedicated Host - Pay as You Go, 1-Year Reserved Instance, and 3-Year Reserved Instance. Users can now opt for two new pricing models - a 3-year Savings plan, and a 1-year Savings plan. With Azure savings plan for compute, you can save up to 65% compared to pay-as-you-go pricing, optimize those savings automatically and save on your terms. You do this by making a 1- or 3-year compute commitment to get a reduced rate to utilize those compute resources across all regions, instance series and operating systems. This provides more flexibility than Azure Hybrid Use Benefits and Reserved Instance while still unlocking significant cost savings.