Application Migration Mirrors Evolution of the Data Center

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-02-19 Print this article Print

Moving applications from one data center today "to your new data center you just built" can be a thorny issue, Tucker said.

"Cloud computing doesn't make any of those things go away," he said. "There will be this continued migration of legacy apps that are being replaced by newer apps-the functionality, that is. Instead of using your old HR [human resources] system, for example, you'll use a new SAAS-type HR application. Apps that were built in the last five or 10 years-more the internal Web applications-can be moved over very quickly to a cloud."

Moving a data center that's loaded with applications from the 1990s and early 2000s doesn't require wholesale movement of everything all at once, Tucker said.

"It's not that kind of a switch. It's more of an evolution of what's going on in the data center and an evolution of the development of more interesting services on the Internet that are now finding applicability back in the enterprise," Tucker said., Google Apps, and new online HR applications are current examples of these "more interesting" services, he said. "A lot of these have already moved into the cloud, and they are now becoming part of the IT organization that we have to manage and administrate.

"The question really isn't, 'Will legacy applications have to move?' I think some will, and some won't. The real question is, 'How does an IT organization evolve?' This will mean bringing in more and more cloud services," Tucker said. "The goal is to move all your end users forward at the same time."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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