CloudSwitch: Taking Legacy Applications to the CloudDecember 20, 2010
Channel Tech Center
by Michael Vizard
Many IT organizations are under pressure from their senior business leadership to move as many applications into the cloud as quickly as possible.
The challenge they face, however, is that legacy applications don’t lend themselves to running on a IT infrastructure in the cloud without a little additional help.
One company trying to help solution providers in the channel to overcome this cloud computing challenge on behalf of their customers is CloudSwitch, which just released of version 2.0 of its namesake software appliance that simplifies the movement of legacy applications into a cloud computing environment.
Version 2.0 of CloudSwitch adds support for internal network topology so that when an existing legacy application is moved onto the cloud, it still sees the same server and network topology that it saw when it was running on-premise.
Other new features in version 2.0 include simplified deployment on Windows and Linux servers in the cloud, enhanced scalability of the overall CloudSwitch environment and the ability to provision new virtual machines in a cloud environment after the application is installed.
According to CloudSwitch CEO John McElaney, IT organizations are starting to warm to running both new and legacy applications in the cloud. By moving legacy applications to a cloud environment that is running the latest virtualization and IT infrastructure, the odds are good that a legacy application is going to wind up performing better in the cloud than it does currently on-premise.
The challenge for solution providers is going to be to convince some skeptical customers that running that legacy application in the cloud as an operating expense is a more cost effective approach than continuing to let it run on IT infrastructure that is already installed.
Pricing for CloudSwitch 2.0 starts at $25,000 for an annual license including basic support and up to 20 concurrent virtual machines under management.