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Assuring Cloud Migrations

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Nearly all enterprises have implemented and run the virtualized data center , and they are on the verge of consolidating and transforming their data centers virtualized into the Cloud. Cloudification has many benefits, including increased agility, shorter time to market and lower costs, a high return in ROI, and the chance to eliminate locking in vendors. Enterprises select the best cloud implementation based on the benefits like ROI and operational efficiency, the performance of the application, resiliency and a better user experience and more. Enterprises have a range of options when it comes to what they will do to migrate or provision crucial workloads to cloud. But, as applications for business move to cloud-based computing performance, reliability, and reliability become more crucial for both NEMs and enterprises it is vital to evaluate the infrastructure moving from on-premises enterprise systems to the cloud , all while ensuring stability, flexibility and better deployment and provisioning.

In the present, businesses are using a variety of cloud models, including public (IaaS/PaaS/SaaS) dedicated, private , and hybrid. Many of the enterprise-specific applications and services of the next generation are based on Private 5G/5G and SASE technologies, are based on a variety of multi-cloud environments, including edge cloudsand private cloud and, increasingly, cloud services that are public.

Clouds that are public offer an appealing alternative in the field of Communication Service Providers (CSPs). There is a growing number of collaborations with service providers such as Reliance JIO, Bharti Airtel, Singtel, AIS, Telstraand many more, with cloud providers that are public such as Google Cloud (GCP), Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). These cloud providers connect their services directly with 5Gnetworks within the data center. When carrier networks join cloud providers the edge of public cloud is getting closer to the final customer.

Private clouds are growing in popularity as enterprises invest in cloud-native network to bring down the costs of running networks and services, as well as prevent the risk of locking into a particular vendor. To ensure the sameness among their centers of data as well as the edge of the private cloud, the network providers are moving away in their approach from Virtualization (VMs) towards Cloud-Native (Containers and Micro-services).

Tests the Cloud

If the performance of cloud infrastructures is low, then applications hosted on the cloud infrastructure will not be able to deliver the best user experience.

Numerous case studies across the globe have shown that app migrations happen as-is or are refactored, or rehosted or rehosted. In any event, the application running on premises (platform A) was able to provide superior user experience due to the fact that the on-prem DC was designed to provide the highest performance. However, the cloud target (platform B) is a totally different and brand new platform and, therefore, the concern over the performance of their applications in the cloud they are targeting is clear for enterprise customers. The migration of all applications could pose challenges like it could be time-consuming or experience performance issues on the cloud of choice, which can cause rolling back and at risk of experiencing interruptions.

In the process of evaluating migration options when making decisions about it, they must be certain that cloud infrastructure is able to handle the intended tasks, and that the delay on critical inter-application interfaces will not rise. To ensure successful cloud migrations, it’s essential to have a system that can verify and assure cloud infrastructure performance across multiple dimensions: memory, compute storage, network, and compute. When everything is separated in the cloud, it is crucial to test every layer of the cloud. The testing method must be assessed in two different ways that are vertical and horizontal.

Horizontal Visibility

It is essential to test each domain or segment in isolation (of multiple cloud services) and then analyze the performance from end-to-end across all segments. Without this transparency the time it takes to start a new service. To conduct this testing cloud-based test devices (load generators) are able to be created at the most critical points of every one of the segments to evaluate particular functions, prior to when they are placed into the live network in order to verify that the complete services are functioning as expected and is in line with the requirements of better user experience SLAs. Security vulnerabilities are also present across all areas: Internet, Data Center SD-WAN, etc., which is why cloud providers and providers must to test the infrastructure for security operations, which includes functions that monitor traffic and enforcing rules.

Prior to running live traffic through the services mentioned above, wraparound test methods should be employed to generate incidents that cause these traps to be activated and transmit data to monitoring systems upstream as well as SIEM (security Information and Event Management) systems. The result is visibility from end to end which includes evaluations of performance as well as security concerns.

Vertical Visibility

The vertical dimension can be the aspect that presents an entirely new challenge to cloud providers, as they progress toward cloudification. Cloud computing is comprised of layers from different providers. Additionally, the components of the stack can be changed anytime and requires regular testing. Test and assurance can isolate the various layers by using virtualized and container-based test agents as well as techniques. Test agents can be placed around the application in a virtual/container to examine the function or substitute the VM/container and mimic the workload of the VM/container software to evaluate the efficiency of infrastructure elements. Also the ability to create test agents allows you to determine the extent to which each layer has performed its role effectively enough to meet the SLAs necessary.

The paradigm of security for network networks is evolving, too. Cloud networks are a different kind of network. traffic flow does not have to traverse a security perimeter that acts as a space for security checks. As a result, different methods to attain the desired security measures are developing. In particular networks are moving to distributed models that have security that is localized and optimized to safeguard the resource and this all leads to a different approach to creating the network. Service providers are taking on continuous integration as well as continuous delivery (CI/CD) methods, convergent labs, pre-production and production networks.

Automation and Analytics

Automation is the second crucial element to the overall solution. Continuous integration, Continuous Testing and continual delivery (CI/CT/CD) methods can be used to give the agility that’s an essential ingredient to the success. There must be an analytics platform with a closed loop that can analyze and ingest what is happening with the whole cloud infrastructure that delivers services to its user. Test platform makes use of ML and AI techniques to link the data of the network from different sources. It can anticipating service degradations in advance that are causing problems, identify the root causes and guide remediation actions. Through the transformation of data into actionable data, the platform can speedily reduce the time required for repair (MTTR) and avoids unnecessary increases. Automated, flexible testing and assurance tools provide an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of cloud networks while also managing the complexities that are inherent in the hybrid cloud system in the race to provide an efficient and secure service to clients.

Michal Pukala
Electronics and Telecommunications engineer with Electro-energetics Master degree graduation. Lightning designer experienced engineer. Currently working in IT industry.