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          Whether your company is premise-based, in a private cloud, hybrid cloud, or multi-cloud, Shamrock has you covered. We will help you secure and easily monitor your corporate environment in real-time.

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          Shamrock has carefully vetted the top performing tools for public and private cloud orchestration and cost management to service deployments of any size, on any budget at guaranteed best rates.

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            Whether you’re looking to migrate to AWS, better manage your current AWS environment, or expand your capabilities within AWS, Shamrock can help.

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            We’ll help you maximize your Azure experience and take your business to the next level by designing, deploying and managing scalable infrastructure and application-based solutions. We’ll even facilitate your migration from your on-prem or environment or from another cloud provider to Azure, in whatever capacity you choose.

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            Google’s Partner Network is one of the most prestigious in the industry, and Shamrock is honored to be a part of it. As a Google Partner, Shamrock is your go-to resource for support in GCP. We provide free 24/7 US-based support, migration support, scalable solutions, cloud cost management and more within GCP, all for the guaranteed best price.

            Shamrock is the market leader in GCP cost reduction, GCP migration services, GCP Interconnect direct connects and much more.

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        • cloud-security-1000×500(2)Cloud Security

          Whether your company is premise-based, in a private cloud, hybrid cloud, or multi-cloud, Shamrock has you covered. We’ll help you secure and easily monitor your environment in real-time to ensure proactive protection of your corporate IT environment. Join our growing list of Fortune 500, Fortune 100 and Fortune 50 customers and see why Shamrock is an industry leader in corporate security.

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          We’ve been recognized as an industry leader in data center sourcing and procurement on a global scale. We represent every major data center operator both domestically and globally, so no matter the size, scope or area of your needs, we’ve got you covered. With over 1,200 major networks, enterprises, and business partners available for interconnection and traffic exchange via direct cross connects, peering and Ethernet services

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        • cdc-wide-v2Cloud Direct Connect

          Shamrock is an industry leader in provisioning cloud direct connects from any business or data center location, anywhere in the world, at any speed (10 Mbps to 100Gbps).

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        • tem-squareTelecom Expense Management (TEM)

          Our portfolio of services includes business process outsourcing (BPO), telecommunication audit, procurement advisory, and wireless expense management. We strive to produce sustained results for your organization.

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          Shamrock’s mobile cost management experts can help you drastically reduce your enterprise mobility costs without any provider or contract changes. Our technology uses patented algorithms and machine learning. The result: instant and tangible savings!

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          Shamrock Consulting provides Long Distance Services with cost-effective in-state, state-to-state, international and toll-free calling for businesses. International or Domestic Toll-Free Numbers, Conferencing Services, powerful cost-management options.

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          As industry-leading UCaaS consultants, Shamrock has negotiated direct partnerships with every major UCaaS provider to ensure that our clients receive the best possible solution at the best possible price. Guaranteed.

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          Dynamically manage traffic pattern changes and get high-quality, reliable voice services that leverage your existing PBX investment. Pbx Service Providers, SIP Service, Pbx Pricing, Cloud Pbx and more.

          34% Average Cost Savings with Shamrock

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          The need to future proof your network has created an unprecedented demand for fiber to the premise. Dark Fiber, Fiber Ethernet, DS3, OC-x, Fixed Wireless (Microwave, lazer, WIMAX), Ethernet over Copper (EOC), T1, NxT1, Cable, DS, Shamrock Consulting Group has all of your options in one place.

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          The need to future proof your network has created an unprecedented demand for fiber to the premise. Dark Fiber, Fiber Ethernet, DS3, OC-x, Fixed Wireless (Microwave, lazer, WIMAX), Ethernet over Copper (EOC), T1, NxT1, Cable, DS, Shamrock Consulting Group has all of your options in one place.

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          Global enterprises, financial institutions, the largest networks and the Internet’s foremost content companies trust us with what matters most to them—their information assets. Shamrock Consulting Group can design wide area networks for any size, any budget, anywhere.

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          We partner directly with every major Dark Fiber providers in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific. We also work with cities and municipalities such as Los Angeles County, Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and elsewhere to find you the best possible solution at the guaranteed best price.

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          As top-rated SD WAN consultants who partner directly with every leading SD WAN provider in the industry, Shamrock is committed to helping you make well-informed procurement decisions at the guaranteed best price. We offer a free consultation to identify the best solution for your needs and budget.

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        • crowd-strikeCrowdstrike EDR/MDR

          As a CrowdStrike partner, the Shamrock team as a whole are big fans of the company’s cloud native endpoint protection platform. But don’t take our word for it – we’ve had hundreds of customers using CrowdStrike tell us how much they love the platform, and many of them have said that they have no idea how they ever lived without it.

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          We’ve formed deep partnerships with the most trustworthy cybersecurity vendors in the industry, and we guarantee the best price from every single one of them. Black, White & Gray Box Testing, Cloud Pentesting, Mobile & Web App Pentesting, Wireless Pentesting, Physical Pentesting, Client-Side Pentesting. In addition to pentesting, we can also help you out with next-generation firewalls, endpoint protection and corporate email security.
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        • vulnerability-testingVulnerability Management

          We take a look at some great security solutions that achieve real time visibility into all aspects of a corporate network, even reaching the most remotely deployed endpoints. If you’re interested (and you probably should be), Shamrock Consulting Group can secure these cutting-edge tools for you at the best prices.

          We can offer the best prices on CrowdStrike products and can also provide a free security assessment.

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        • ngfwNGFW & Software Defined Perimeter

          How can companies be both agile and secure in these unprecedented times? For help with empowering your WFH teams with the tools and processes they need, speak to a Shamrock consultant today.

          Our strategic partners are comprised of the very best in the industry from a security standpoint (Trustwave, AlertLogic, CrowdStrike, Fortinet, PaloAlto, Carbon Black, etc.).

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      Safeguard Proprietary, Mission Critical Data Whether its R&D for a world changing innovation or straightforward emails to accounting, Shamrock provides a comprehensive suite of security services – including Managed Firewall, Intrusion Detection/Prevention, and Vulnerability Scanning – to ensure that your organization’s data is safeguarded and kept out of the wrong hands.

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      Shamrock has cross-disciplinary knowledge of healthcare-specific IT apps. Shamrock has extensive rural network design and build experience. In addition to 100+ partners, Shamrock has experience, connections and industry tools to identify, design to, spec, procure and project manage complex multi-vendor deployments. Healthcare institutions, financial institutions, the largest networks and the Internet’s foremost content companies trust us with what matters most to them—their information assets.

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      Whether you are looking to increase network uptime, reduce operational expenses, or build a next-generation global studio, Shamrock Consulting Group has turnkey solutions tailored to the needs of the Media and Entertainment industry at guaranteed best rates. Nobody delivers more connectivity solutions to Media and Entertainment companies than Shamrock Consulting Group!

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      Whether you are looking to increase network uptime, reduce operational expenses, or build a next generation global Software as a Service Platform, Shamrock Consulting Group has turnkey solutions tailored to the needs of the SaaS Industry at guaranteed best rates. Low, Mid, and High-density data center options with robust connectivity options to extend service coverage all over the globe.

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Remember the animated movie “The Land Before Time?” If not, for shame. Great film. In the movie, food is becoming dangerously scarce, forcing the hero, Littlefoot, and all his dinosaur friends to journey in search of the fabled Great Valley, a lush landscape full of everything they would need for survival.

In the IT world, another great migration is already well underway, with more and more business journeying away from dangerously high-cost data centers towards the abundantly fruitful oasis that is the cloud.

If you look solely at the numbers – a 2017 cloud platform survey conducted by O’Reilly Media found that a 94% of businesses were planning on running apps in the cloud by 2022 – they confirm that it’s only a matter of time before we inevitably end up in a cloud native future.

But if you look deeper, it appears that not everyone is in a rush to be like Littlefoot & Co. and make their great Cloud Native Migration all at once: The same O’Reilly Media survey revealed that while 74% of respondents are currently running applications on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms, only 21% of current cloud businesses were using PaaS for app production. Furthermore, of the respondents who already use IaaS, 72% planned on migrating to a hybrid cloud architecture in the future.

So even with the abundance of obvious benefits that the cloud provides, the decision to go fully cloud native is clearly far from a no-brainer for many businesses. With that in mind, we’ll detail the major advantages of the cloud below, but we’ll also look at some alternative strategies that may work better for your business, as well as a step-by-step process on how to gradually convert your business’ legacy applications into fully cloud native services.

4 Major Benefits of Cloud-Native

  1. One of the major cloud native advantages is the ability to develop, test and deploy legacy applications much more quickly by making changes to the parts themselves rather than the whole.
    1. Breaking down monolithic apps into decoupled microservices
    2. Packaging processes and their dependencies into containers
    3. Using automated tools to orchestrate development
  2. Application performance can be improved drastically thanks to cloud-native load balancers and other tools. With no single point of failure, applications become more fault-tolerant, too.
  3. Scalable and agile components allow for rapid iterations through repeatable automation and orchestration. Multiple users and additional sites can be quickly brought online by increasing resource provision.
  4. Quicker times-to-market, better resource utilization and efficiency savings. With cloud services charged on a PAYG basis, this gives businesses more control over costs.

5 Smart Cloud Migration Strategies

The cloud advantages listed above are all well-documented and clear-cut, and there’s really no dispute. But what if you’re an established business with an abundance of legacy applications and a workforce that is well-entrenched working with those apps?

Let’s check out some smart strategies that top companies are already using to ease into the re-architecture of their IT environments:

  1. Adopt continuous integration (CI) first, then move on to containerization
  2. Begin with containerization and then move on to CI
  3. Introduce microservices before moving on to CI
  4. Gradually break up monolithic apps into microservices
  5. Containerize development processes

Some businesses operate different strategies across departments and may or may not tie them all together, so one of the above strategies might in fact be better suited for them vs. going cloud-native in a single leap. But why? Glad you asked. Let’s look at an example, shall we?

Take a business with a small and relatively inexperienced DevOps team and a fairly simple monolithic application that they want to reproduce and use as a proof-of-concept by deploying it into a new market.

Just for fun, let’s call this company Littlefoot Technologies (LFT).

LFT’s application is simple to manage, but they aren’t yet ready to scale it and they don’t know if the app will generate a profit. In this case, the shift in complexity to a cloud native architecture is likely to harm productivity, particularly if the test fails and LFT is ultimately unable to turn a profit.

In this case, LFT is likely to benefit more from rapidly building and deploying an image of the app – a minimal viable product (MVP) – to gauge public appeal. This will also avoid vendor lock-in since cloud native apps lack portability and would have to be completely rewritten for another platform.

With no major cost involved in pulling the project, LFT’s application is likely to be judged more objectively rather than pushed through because the business is too attached to a positive outcome.

If the test is a success, then LFT can start looking to break down the legacy monolith, carefully checking the codebase for hidden workarounds and other surprises as they gradually decompose it into more scalable microservices. This will help ensure that LFT doesn’t accidentally drop wholesale functions – another risk of rushing into a cloud-native deployment.

Step-by-Step Transition for Gradually Going Cloud-Native

If you’re looking for a common and more granular example of how a business might gradually convert a legacy application into a fully cloud-native service, here’s one courtesy our friends at Cloud66.

  1. First, the monolithic legacy app is containerized for simpler (and potentially more secure) deployment and testing of images.
  2. Next, the application is split into a stateful backend (with API) and stateless frontend, increasing its scalability and resilience.
  3. Finally, split up the backend (and often the API as well) into progressively smaller, often stateless components. This will allow you to be in a position to leverage third-party services such as databases and managed queues.

One big advantage with this piecemeal process to going native is that it reduces the risk of losing major features. And if a feature does go down, it is much simpler to fix.

The Verdict

Going cloud native is a big undertaking and the risks of jumping in with both feet, especially for an established company with numerous legacy applications, are high.

But that doesn’t mean that the migration process has to involve a huge rewrite. In line with continuous integration practice, monolithic applications and services can be gradually broken down, enabling any problems to be carefully ironed out.

As with most decisions involving cloud migration, each company (and each application) needs to be looked at as an individual entity. What’s right for one may not be right for the next, which is why it’s always a good idea to consider bringing in a cloud migration specialist like Shamrock Consulting Group to make sure things are done right from the get-go.

Shamrock’s team of cloud experts have facilitated hundreds of successful migrations for our customers, often resulting in savings of 35% on more on your cloud expenditure. Shamrock is a vendor-neutral consultancy offering the analysis, expertise and support you need while leaving the final decisions up to you. We’ll approach your IT architecture through your eyes, identifying ways to optimize performance while also trimming your costs.

Imagine how incredible our boy Littlefoot felt when he and his buds finally made it to the Great Valley, realizing that everything they had worked for came to fruition — that’s kinda how it feels for IT leaders to finally go cloud native, which is an exciting and progressive step forward.

The important thing to remember is that going cloud native doesn’t need to be done in one fell swoop – there are strategies and steps in place to help you achieve your ultimate goals within the cloud, and the cloud experts at Shamrock are here to help make your journey a fruitful one.

Ryan Reeves

Ryan Reeves is the Director of Marketing and Customer Success for Shamrock Consulting Group, and he is also an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner. Ryan brings a unique perspective and skill set to the technology industry after spending the first 10 years of his career working with some of most innovative media and entertainment brands in the world. His versatility has been vital in establishing Shamrock as an award-winning industry leader and industry disruptor. In his free time, Ryan likes to snowboard, play soccer and basketball, and travel with his lovely wife, Lucy.

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