Moving OpenText software infrastructure to the cloud is a complex process and often hinders the development of a company.
There are many companies that fail to make the leap to the cloud and instead continue to rely on their proven on-premise hosted solution environments to do business.
In this post, we will discuss how OpenText licensing in the cloud works, we will share the latest cloud migration forecast and we’ll describe 3 ways on how to move on-premise OpenText software to the cloud. Enjoy!
Using Perpetual OpenText Licenses in the Cloud
Not a week goes by that we’re not speaking to an existing customer about moving OpenText software to the cloud as an option for hosting their OpenText applications. And a lot of times we hear from customers they’d like to go to the cloud but can’t because they own perpetual licenses.
Let us clear up that misconception right away and say that yes, you can use OpenText perpetual licenses in the cloud (public cloud, private cloud, or virtual private cloud). There are a lot of proven cloud offerings on the market, like AWS VPC, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and many more. If you’re interested in OpenText cloud offerings, check out our article about moving to the cloud with OpenText Cloud Edition.
Cloud Migration Forecast
While some organizations still analyze whether or not cloud computing would be a good fit for them, the industry is showing that the benefits are obvious. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, spendings on cloud IT infrastructure will grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4%, reaching $109.3 billion in 2024, and accounting for about 63.6% of total IT infrastructure spendings.
At the same time, public cloud data centers will account for 69.4% of this amount, growing at a 10.9% CAGR. Spending on private cloud infrastructure will grow at a CAGR of 9.3%. Spending on non-cloud IT infrastructure will rebound after 2020 but will continue to decline overall with a CAGR of -1.6%.
Ways to Get On-Premise OpenText Systems to the Cloud
Full migration or the “lift and shift” methodThis means that the existing OpenText solution infrastructure is transferred unchanged from the local environment to the cloud, including existing configurations, data, settings, etc. Customers are often faced with the need to create new access stations through which company employees can access the OpenText software solutions in the cloud. This method is usually chosen by small and medium-sized businesses with a relatively simple IT infrastructure. At the same time, this approach does not always allow full use of the functions of the cloud service. With the “lift and shift” method, customers continue to own a perpetual OpenText product license and can choose to manage the software themself or have a partner manage it.
Partial improvement & switch to kubernetesThis approach is chosen when customers try to move the existing OpenText solutions from a physical server or VM deployment to a containerized deployment to take advantage of many features, including auto-scaling, high availability, and fault tolerance. Just like in the “lift and shift” approach, customers still need to own the license and manage the software themselves or have it fully or just partially managed by a partner. This happy medium approach might seem like the superior option at first, but it can result in migrations where companies keep all technical debt and none or very little of the cloud-native benefits.
Optimized migrationThis way of OpenText software migration to the private cloud implies a simultaneous transformation of the system structure. For example, the way OpenText ECM and CCM applications interact with the database may change. Some customers use this approach to let a partner manage their EIM solution, so that internal IT can focus on more strategic IT programs and innovations. It also frees up resources to focus on the company’s core competencies and provides an optimized relationship between vendors. Other changes can be made to take full advantage of the cloud.
Each of the approaches mentioned above has its advantages and disadvantages. Understanding which option is best for your company requires a thorough business analysis.
Before choosing your organization’s way to the cloud, make sure to take the time to do an audit and define which strategy would work best to move to the cloud in the most efficient manner. We at Ecodocx are an OpenText service provider with almost 20 years of market experience. Helping customers, like Washington Gas, Sysco, New York Life Insurance, Chance Healthcare, Continental Resources, McKesson, and many more, we provide OpenText advisory sessions to help organizations build their future product strategy. Contact us and schedule a consultation.
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