Which Workloads Should Go Where, and Why?

CHICAGO, IL — The Cloud is here to stay, but that doesn’t mean that every workload is destined for migration – nor should they be. So at CAPRE’s Chicago Data Center Summit last week, we convened a panel called The End-User Approach to On-Prem, Hybrid, the Cloud, and Tomorrow’s Compute Needs and Initiatives where we invited our panelists to discuss the economics and capabilities of the Cloud. For example, which workloads should go where, when and why? And how does this dynamic interact with custom-design build solutions? Below, a pair of Cloud computing experts share their strategies and secrets for success.

data center summitEmil Sayegh, CEO, Hostway Services, Inc replied that on custom designs, he targets mission-critical software applications. “Our customers all have mission-critical software applications. None of them have a mom and pop website,” he said. “It’s really pretty complex, with multiple applications, and legacy applications that have been around for ten to twenty years. I’m talking about insurance companies that have been collecting data on all of us. We have a company that’s been collecting data for the insurance market for 100 years. They had AS-400s.”

“So they come to us, and they say, Look, we have all of this data. How do we modernize? How do we move? And frankly, the first step is to sit down, assess whether some of the applications could be moved onto a virtual environment,” he advised. “And once you do that, to VMware or some kind of a hyper-visor, if you’re able to do that, without doing too much re-factoring of the applications, then the migration at that point, from the old hardware, would become much easier and simpler.”

However, Sayegh then cautioned that in some cases, it’s going to require a lot of heavy lifting and refactoring of these applications. “We try to avoid that, with most of our customers, and then we examine the stack, and we say look, you’ve got a bunch of constant workloads here, let’s put those on dedicated hardware,” he said. “And then you get maybe some front-end web. Stuff that could exist in the public cloud. That’s great. You get some disaster recovery stuff that could exist in the public cloud. That’s great. And that’s essentially how we try to assess what the needs of our customer are. And then we address them with the best option.”

Mike Krelitz, Managing Director for the Midwest, Winthrop Resources

Next, Mike Krelitz, Sales Director for Central Region & Managing Director for the Midwest Region at Winthrop Resources Corporation chimed in. “It really is a journey to the cloud, in a bunch of different forms, in one way or another,” he mused. “The fact is, there isn’t just one road, or on-ramp, or off-ramp. You have multiple ways to do it, based on what’s cloud-right, what needs to be on-prem, what can be put into a SAAS model from one of the suppliers one of the things that we see, the perspective that we get, because we are owned by a bank, and because we fund and finance these projects, is I’m completely agnostic about all of these things.”

This is because, according to Krelitz, whether you’re funding a subscription project, putting some on-premise, or doing a colocation, what he tries to do is bundle products together to give clients the economic benefit that they’re looking for. “To find the value! Which is really what it’s all about here, finding a way to maximize the value for the assets that you have to run your organization,” he explained. “So what we see is clients wanting to have a simplified way to use their capital to maximize the assets they have in play – whether they’re on-premise assets, whether they’re the asset of their colocator, whether they’re assets of their SAAS provider. But either way, giving them a single point of contact for them from a capital perspective, so they get the most for their dollars and create that value.”

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Banner Image L-R: Emil Sayegh, Chief Executive Officer, Hostway Services, Inc & Mike Krelitz, Managing Director for the Midwest, Winthrop Resources