When people engage with Ergo and explore cloud migration, they are generally after the same things. “You can juggle the order up, but the consistent top priorities are performance, scalability and cost savings. Depending on the company, DR [disaster recovery] is also an ask.”
“Security is important, but not many customers are migrating because they think they will get something better than what they already have on-premises.”
As a Microsoft partner, Azure is core to Ergo’s offering, but what people want from the cloud platform is changing fast. Last year, Greene was working on “Azure attached projects”, building out on-premises services with cloud features. “Fast forward to this year and the conversations are about wanting to move workloads up into the cloud,” he said. “Not everything and not all at once, because they don’t want all their eggs in one basket. So we’re sitting down with them and assessing what needs to be moved and how we can architect it in the cloud.”
Part of migration is ensuring cloud readiness around governance. “We sometimes have to slow clients down a little. They have a data centre contract that’s about to expire and they want to move quickly,” said Greene. “But they need to stop and consider how the cloud is architected from a governance and security perspective.”
Microsoft has not always been good with governance, according to Greene. Until recently, the way Active Directory and security processes were locked down in a Microsoft on-premises estate was not replicated in the cloud. “They came late to the party, but they’re there now. They have made it as simple as an on-premises Active Directory environment,” he said.
Although Ergo is primarily a Microsoft house, it is responding to multicloud demands in interesting ways. The most common request is from clients who want to split workloads between Azure and Amazon Web Services. The DevOps expertise in Ergo has been working hard to solve the challenge. “Instead of using wizard-driven deployments, we started to look at the underlying code for cloud platforms,” said Greene. “We now take the coding language from both Azure and AWS and bundle it all together in a much easier form and give our consultants the capability to use the same code for both deployments.”
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