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Should Enterprises Migrate or Modernize their Heritage Applications?

Should Enterprises Migrate or Modernize their Heritage Applications?

Moving to Cloud 

Enterprises lately are understanding the need to move their business applications to cloud. Well, one of the major contributing reasons for this move is the rising OpEx and the heavy debt of managing applications in their own environment. Cloud providers are waiting for such opportunities where enterprises are planning to migrate to cloud, the question is will it help or not? This is a question often faced by CIOs/CTOs of the enterprises when the initial migration to any public cloud discussion has happened. And the most definitive answer is Yes, however, where do you start? Is it that easy as how public cloud providers show it in their business meetings? Few questions to ponder:

  • As a CTO, how will I be sure that there would not be any restructuring happening with the application that can affect its functionality?
  • If the application will be simply migrated to cloud how different is it from my current setup?

Should You Migrate or Modernize enterprise heritage applications? Let us have a reality check before answering these questions.  

The reality we should know 

Here are some numbers before we deep dive on how to continue with your cloud journey and how can you extract true potential that public cloud has to offer.

  • 61% of enterprises denote that cost-cutting tops the list of the reasons why enterprises choose to adopt the cloud. (Source – Datometry)
  • 50% of US government organizations are now using the cloud. (Source – Gartner)
  • Cloud Adoption in the EU (European Union) is at 46% in 2022. (Source – Eurostat)

These are some mind- boggling numbers denoting that yes, enterprises are on the brink of adopting cloud. Not just enterprises but also major government/federal applications are already on cloud. What are the challenges that are faced by these enterprises before moving to clouds, let’s visit those numbers as well. According to a survey performed by Next Pathway (source):

  • 48% of enterprises cannot figure out which workloads to move to the cloud
  • 47.5% of enterprises Lack automated tools to move code to the cloud
  • 43.1% of enterprises lack internal experience in modernizing apps to cloud

These challenges pose a serious threat and can be a huge barrier in your cloud journey. So, how do you tackle this and continue moving forward to any public cloud? This is where the question of should you migrate or modernize arises, and CloudHedge is the definitive choice that you can take to modernize mission critical heritage applications within days instead of months. 

Understanding difference between Migration and Modernization?

Migrating applications means moving (Lift and Shift) from an on-premises to cloud as is. The difference that enterprises may feel is the change in the environment and may be one or two benefits like scalability and flexibility. In addition, the OpEx may change depending on your usage, however, expect similar/higher bills in a few months as there are no changes done to the application for it to run leaner.

Modernizing applications means identifying workloads that would be needed for the app to run in any public cloud, taking those identified workloads and transforming them into containers. Further to deploying those containers to cloud in the leanest manner possible. CloudHedge modernizes mission critical heritage apps which are portable and optimized for cloud. In addition, applications run leaner in cloud and consume a leaner OpEx if modernized right from the start.

Introducing OmniDeq™ 

CloudHedge’s OmniDeq™ which is a fully automated app modernization platform answers to all three statements present in the Next Pathway’s survey:

  • OmniDeq™ provides a recommendation report stating which workloads should be moved to cloud.
  • OmniDeq™ itself is a fully automated tool to modernize mission-critical apps from legacy to cloud. The journey time is drastically reduced to days and not months.
  • OmniDeq™ does not require experienced skillset to modernize apps. Its drag and drop functionality is easy to understand and helps to execute app modernization within minutes.

App modernization is the future as it improves efficiency, reduces complexity and lowers the total cost of ownership by a considerable margin. In addition, modernization is a much better choice than just migrating your applications (lift and shift). In addition, CloudHedge’s OmniDeq™ also provides an option to replatform applications from AIX to Linux or from Windows to Linux which can further help in reduction of licensing and annual maintenance costs. Features like automated replatforming are not present with many public cloud service providers when you plan to migrate the application instead of modernizing it.

To get started with your app modernization journey to any public cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP, Azure, IBM Cloud, VMware Tanzu, and Red Hat), you can email us at with your specific requirements and our team would be happy to assist you.

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