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App Classification and Cloud Suitability

Assess business criticality and determine the right cloud computing models for your portfolio.

When you need to optimize your application portfolio, start by analyzing your applications to identify cost savings, then rewrite, migrate to a new platform, or retire underperformers. Whether it’s application migration to cloud or data center relocation that’s driving that need, it is vital to understand how infrastructure and applications interact relative to business priorities. But where do you start?

Collecting accurate data is the first step, followed by the analysis, classification, and ranking of applications based on business value. Once you have an inventory of servers, network devices, databases, and applications, you can map interdependencies—an exercise that helps you decide whether an application requires reinvestment, replatforming, retirement, or retention.

You’ll need to arrive at the answers quickly as you seek to modernize your portfolio and offer IT as a service. And an automated approach to the alignment process, leveraging platforms like EMC’s Adaptivity, gets you there 50 percent faster with far fewer resources than manual techniques.

If you’re considering moving applications to the cloud, make fact-based decisions about application placement. Public, private, or hybrid cloud options are all available, but which one is right for your business applications? EMC again uses the capabilities of the Adaptivity platform to quickly and efficiently evaluate both business and technology concerns and place applications in the optimal cloud model.

Once you’ve ranked, classified, determined the right disposition and cloud suitability for each application, you’ll have all the information you need to better inform your cloud strategy and your choice of providers.