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Migrate To Evolve, And Not Just Sustain

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The typewriter – the grandfather of a word processor – was once a world-changing invention. The common writing machine or the-then gold standard for creating typed documents had a steady fan following for everything it offered: distraction-free writing, romantic sensibilities and more.

Over the years, this mighty machine found a stiff competitor in computer and gradually got lost while still staying with a microscopic minority. Computer redefined how simple and quick word processing could be. It made writing a collaborative practice; transparently documented and electronically judged. It increased productivity, saved hours of efforts, and happiness (unless you love all things retro). With a computer on your side, you no longer need a typewriter, a copy machine, and even a postal service.

Over the next 5 minutes, you will read –

• Issues with the legacy system
• What is application modernization?
• Roadmap to an effective application modernization
• Needful measures to accelerate legacy migration

What are the issues with the legacy system?

The legacy applications relatively share the same story as a typewriter, with one exception: They are still widely used. Once considered revolutionary, their age made them obsolete and non-aligned to the new priorities of changing times. You may find the following –

• Fragmented IT landscape distributed across locations
• Sub-optimal application design that cannot handle new requests
• Dependency on individual resources with specific skills in obsolete programming languages
• Compatibility challenges that threaten business interactions

…Well, the list just begins. While companies continue to invest 80% of their IT budgets on the maintenance of outdated applications, legacy applications increase device dependency, are not papered for change; crash, fail to perform as expected. They are mostly incompatible with modern software systems.

What is App Modernization and why do you need it?

Application modernization serves as a replacement of your legacy systems, step-by-step. It careful identifies the key priorities of the project and strategically plan for execution. Application modernization is all about re-purposing, refactoring, rehosting, re-coding, re-architecting and re-building of your legacy system to realign it with your current business needs and changing market dynamics. The migration of legacy to new application and platforms provide a number of advantages; including

• The creation of the IT landscape with a new architectural paradigm that aligns with the dynamic business needs
• Modern development tools accelerate innovation, make collaboration more fluid and connected
• Short development times result quickly to market products, save money and hours of efforts in testing, development, and deployment
• Applications operating in the cloud offer increased mobility, flexibility, and process automation
• Enterprises can easily migrate their essential and non-essential assets to more effective, scalable Cloud-based systems with increased positive productivity outcomes

On top of that, modernization offers improved compliance, minimizes disruption, lowers risks, and significantly reduce dependency on IT resources More importantly, it eliminates the need for legacy applications to be viewed as a liability.

Roadmap to an effective application modernization

• Identify the pattern and working system to narrow down on core functionality and process. Develop a practical model of the desired version of the upcoming system comprehensively
• Analyze and deconstruct the available legacy systems into modernizable modules
• Migrate legacy code, functionality into applicable technology and target interface
• Improvise, bring changes as necessary

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What Is The Need Of Cloud Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery?

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If you think your business can endure hazardous events and your data is immune from irrevocable loss, think once again!

45% of unplanned downtime is due to hardware failure? Or that 48% of IT providers indicate phishing emails were the cause of ransomware? And 36% say lack of employee training was to blame for cybersecurity mishaps?

Tanium says that Business resilience—or disaster recovery, or business continuity—are like insurance to your business data. You just need to have it just in case something catastrophic occurs. It is something you put in place after a disaster strikes.

This blog highlights the need for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for an organization and best practices to implement them.

What is Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?

BC – Business Continuity:

It involves developing roadmap and strategies to ensure business operations continue to run smoothly pre and post-disaster. Change management, service availability, impact analysis and staff replacement can be part of Business Continuity plan.

DR – Disaster Recovery:

It is primarily aligned with the IT resources of an organization. It is all about how a company’s IT department and related resources recover from any form of disaster. Facilitating backup systems, backing up copied data, servers and network restoration will be planned under Disaster Recovery.

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Need for Cloud Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan

Many companies with good reputation often suffer from undesired performance issues. Everything is unpredictable – Market, Customer demands, Environment, and Compliances. So, it is very important to prepare for the worst and face it confidently when needed. In addition, with the current adoption rate of new technologies and making sure mission-critical processes, applications, systems and data are available at all times is a challenge.

This is when BC/DR comes to the rescue, which is a combined set of processes and techniques used to facilitate the company’s recovery from a disaster and promote the routine business activities without any breakdown.

Nearly 40-60% of small businesses who lose access to operational systems and data without a DR plan close their doors forever. Companies that can recover do so at a much higher cost and a longer timeframe than companies who had a formal backup and disaster recovery (BDR) plan in place.

In this scenario, technological organizations should contemplate about investing in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) strategies for long-term benefits. The rapid increase in cloud adoption and increasing need to manage huge data is driving organizations to look at cloud-based backups and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) as viable options.

The major risk that stands without BCDR?

Cyber-attacks: Organizations networks and systems continuously face a number of cyber threats. From viruses, malware to simple hardware and system failures, businesses mission-critical data is never disaster-proof.

People fail – Employees may unknowingly download a potential virus into the system – thereby exposing
the entire business to risk. If the organization does not have enough resources to fix the situation on
time, whole data in the network will be compromised posing a threat to the assets.

Customer data risks – Potentially it is more expensive to retain a customer after the organization loses its data than to invest in BCDR on time before anything catastrophic happens. It may lead to legal lawsuits also.

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Benefits of  Cloud Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery

Traditionally Business Continuity and Data Recovery strategies are implemented on a remote data center. There is a need for complex infrastructure and computing technology to sustain. This prompted businesses to move to cloud solutions which promised to be durable, reliable and available at all costs.  Leaving a company unprepared when trying to come up with a plan of navigating the rough waters of post-disaster damage control is not an effective way of operating.

AWS has many services and technology partners providing disaster recovery solutions due to its vast network of data centers and its wide footprint globally. The data centers available avoid a single point of failure and are fault tolerant when an attack happens possible due to availability zones and edge locations.

AWS ensures RPO in few seconds with the help of the Cloud. Durability Record of AWS is 99.999999999% also known as 9×11’s in the industry. Using automation and orchestrations RTO is reduced to minutes.

When thinking about cloud security, it’s ultimately up to you to determine the proper  Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery plan in place.  Nowadays, Federal & State laws are insisting on having a business continuity model in place. Data recovery is considered as the highest priority of cloud adoption.

How Minfy Technologies can help you?

Minfy Technologies is the most trusted  AWS Advanced Consulting Partner.  As AWS Managed Service Partner, we ensure a 100% success record with more SAP on AWS than any other company. We are pioneers of AWS cloud migrating Microsoft workloads and DevOps.  We also provide cloud consulting and application development in emerging technologies like AI/ML.

Our native customer base is across verticals.  Check out how Minfy Tech Helps Government IT Department Modernize with AWS Cloud, where Government of Manipur’s department of IT adapted AWS Cloud Framework to migrate their critical services on to the cloud.

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How To Migrate PB/TBs Of Data To The Cloud Seamlessly?

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AWS Snowball can migrate PB/TBs of data into the Cloud seamlessly

If your organization is migrating PB/TB’s of data into the cloud. The most common procedure is to load the data into a physical appliance with data, then ship the appliance to a cloud provider. There’s an old-school principal.

Any large-scale data migrations can incur high network costs. They would take unrealistically long transfer times. No matter how fast is your networks can take months and years to move terabytes and petabytes of data from an on-premises data center to a public cloud provider.

We have a simple method that reduces the transfer time in the most cost-effective manner. This blog gives you AWS Snowball a shippable storage device for migrating petabyte-scale data sets into the cloud. How Minfy helped a media company to migrate their TB’s of data into the cloud

Key pain points of transferring large-scale data 

Manually migrating large-scale data is a time-consuming undertaking. Most wide area networks suffer from extended delays transmitting thousands of terabytes of data, stretching from hours to months.

On-premise workloads are predicted to shrink from 37% today to 27% of all workloads by 2020. 

Migrating huge amounts of both structured and unstructured data involve detailed planning, expensive software purchases, effective execution roadmap, proper cleanup and error corrections, speedy and seamless access transfer, data elimination from existing storage facility and validation. Streaming data brings in a new dimension of higher velocity and real-time processing constraints into the picture. Velocity differs based on the type of application and quality of data to be transferred.

Transferring petabytes amount of data in itself takes a long time, in addition, computing and performing analytics takes even longer threatening agility of the organization. This also affects the organizations to innovate and embrace emerging trends like IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Edge Computing.  Another issue is having a centralized management location for diverse infrastructures, having defined access roles (RBAC)  at the project level and BU level is imperative in the current global working space. Diverse teams, multiple sites, different infrastructure requirements increase operational costs to large scale as developing, deploying and operating take a long time and increase overhead costs to a large scale.


AWS Snowball for massive Data Transfers into the cloud

Snowball from AWS is a petabyte-scale data transport solution that is used to transfer large amounts of data into and out of the AWS cloud. It is designed to intelligently address common large-scale data transfer challenges. Snowball is simple, fast, more secure, and can be as little as one-fifth the cost of transferring data via high-speed Internet.

You can opt to use a single AWS Snowball device to transport multiple terabytes of data, or use multiple devices in parallel to transfer petabytes of data. Additionally, AWS Snowmobile truck-size option can help you in transforming exabyte data into the cloud.

Benefits of Transferring data using AWS Snowball

Seamless migration

AWS Snowball is being used by enterprises for migrating huge volumes of data – regardless of complexities and types across uses and sizes. Genomics data, analytics, backups, migration projects, video libraries, and image repositories – what you want to migrate, you can effortlessly do so without expecting the vulnerabilities and barriers of migration.


Transferring 100 terabytes of data, for example, may take more than 100 days over a dedicated 100

Mbps connection

Moreover, it may so happen that if the connectivity breaks the transfer may start all over again. With Snowball devices, the desired activity can be completed within a week or less without a data loss guarantee.

Highly compatible and scalable

The Snowball device is very easy to connect to your existing systems, and provides endless scalability advantages.

AWS Snowball is cost effective

It is very affordable when compared with the cost associated with data for high-speed Internet transfers. With obvious benefits, it delivers seamless migration facility at a cheap price It also offers easy data retrieval benefits

AWS Snowball is not simply a solution, it’s the way!

AWS Snowball is a service that expedites the transfer of large amounts of data into and out of cloud using physical storage devices, bypassing the internet. These physical storage devices transfer data at faster-than internet speed over the regional carriers, complete with E Ink shipping labels. This data is then transferred into the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).

The Snowball appliances and provides powerful interfaces that you can use to create jobs, transfer data, and track the status of your jobs through to completion. Since the devices can be directly sent to the customers, it is easy to receive and share volumes of business data with stakeholders.

It has an 80TB model for all regions and the 50TB only for the USA. It transfers data to S3 in an encrypted format, protecting the data. Jobs are managed through a management console or programmatically through the job management API. AWS Snowball Management Console and the job management API for creating and managing jobs.


Minfy helped a media company to seamlessly migrate TB's of data to the cloud?

The media company is headquartered in Kolkatta. had a massive inventory of data in TB.  Managing and migrating such large streams of rich content required for them to use huge volumes of manpower expertised in the implementation of cloud migration.

The company continuously uploads new digital content on its platform and anticipates seamless media consumption for its target audience. The tape drive backup system, because of its portability and adaptability limitations made it relatively challenging to provide its audience with instant and endless access to content-rich programs. The company wanted to achieve cost-effective outcome while retaining their expectations in performance, stability, compatibility, and compliance

Minfy extracted 100 TB data out of the Tape Drives and moved on to AWS using AWS Snowball. Files transferred using Snowball were also moved directly to Glacier for archival. AWS File Gateway was configured to move daily delta files directly on to AWS S3 Files stored on AWS S3 as the primary storage with Intelligent Tier enabled. The Intelligent storage class is a low cost and optimizing it by the data access patterns, not compromising with the performance or operational overhead. It moves data between two access tiers – frequent and infrequent access tiers – when access pattern changes, ideal for data with changing access patterns.

The data is moved to Glacier from Amazon S3 based on lifecycle policies via the AWS Management Console, which set rules to configure the movement of data to Glacier. It can be either transition or expiration which decides the cost of data management.

This is applied to the S3 buckets, by selecting the appropriate bucket and going to the Management tab to Add Lifecycle Rule. Here the rules are added with a name and selecting what versions of data are transferred, after how many days. Later an expiration date can be specified, which will permanently delete data from S3 after a given number of days. The files can be restored from Glacier to be moved to S3 by specifying how long to be accessible on S3 and retrieval types – Bulk, Standard and Expedited.

The lifecycle rules are highly useful when the data only needs to be available on S3 for a specified amount of time like periodic logs or some those need to be archived like digital media as in the case of our project. Broadly there are GET bucket lifecycle, PUT bucket lifecycle and DELETE bucket lifecycle.

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How To Convince Your CIO To Move To The Cloud?

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Show the anti-cloud crew about how the cloud has evolved and why it is right for your organization. Convenience your CIO on moving to the Cloud now!

The CIOs’ Cloud Transformation

For a company to sustain the unpredictable competition that is waiting to happen tomorrow, CIOs need to be a leader and strategist today. They are no longer maintenance heads, who traditionally found themselves in seemingly shifting job descriptions, taking care of everything hardware and software, maintenance, security, and implementation is all about.

But, any Chief Financial Officer will naturally have questions about huge new technology transitions. Because the cloud won’t happen in the snap of a finger and it involves certain investment, you need to set the floor to convince your CIO on moving to the cloud.

As it seems today, they are phasing through transformational changes; delivering business value in each stage, addressing evolving technology challenges every second, exploring new growth opportunities in a competitive landscape, gathering insights to implement positive change in the company. The CIO we knew yesterday no longer exists. S/he is more agile, skilled and focused. Thanks to Cloud!

Surprisingly enough, some CIOs are still fighting cloud adoption. Reasons? Perhaps, a few questions they are yet to find answers to –

Will cloud deliver more security than my internal data center?

Will my cloud provider be a position to maintain my desired uptime standards?

What about scalability, deployment barriers, and legacy migration challenges?

What if we lack documentation for outdated legacy systems?

Will our existing employees adapt to the Cloud culture?

More importantly, am I ready for the Cloud?

Not all CIOs are guilty of Cloud Clash…

It would be unjustified if we blame some CIOs for their cloud unpreparedness. If they are fighting the cloud, there must be some inherent organization-wide issue as well. Probably the top decision maker has not been convinced enough, or the team comprises of old and tired employees who don’t want to step out of their comfort level or they are finding it hard to explore tangible cloud benefit.  This is where the necessity of innovative cloud literacy comes.

If you are a stakeholder of a company that you think can hugely benefit from cloud adoption because you know and see it works, here are a few ways you can convince your CIO to move to the cloud.

Source: LogicMonitor’s survey is predicting that 41% of enterprise workloads will be run on public cloud platforms (Amazon AWSGoogle Cloud PlatformIBM CloudMicrosoft Azure, and others) by 2020


But wait…Cost is not the end goal for many CIOs

Many CIOs are not at all bothered about controlling costs. If they see business continuity requires investment, they do not bother money flowing in. In fact, this is natural. Cost control can be a priority, but many a time, it does not guarantee transformation. Delivering business outcome does. CIOs who think on this line have a lot to gather from the Cloud.

If transformation is all about growing steadily, while remaining relevant in the evolving digital race, Cloud benefits a company in the following ways –

It can drive valuable and measurable business insights with advanced analytical capabilities. This facilitates effective decision-making and strategy building. Since CIOs need to take the proactive decision, the cloud is their secret sauce of success.

Seamless productivity

With the cloud, stakeholders can remotely access files without device, location and time barriers. They also work seamlessly – without strict governance and limitations (if not required). What do all of these mean? Higher productivity, improved collaboration capacities. At the end of the day, the benefit passes down to the customer. They experience improved service and show more interest in becoming retained paying customers.

Data Loss Prevention

A huge financial and competitive concern for many companies will be what
they’ll do if their data is lost/corrupted/inaccessible. This can have extensive economic implications, some of which could send a business into falling completely flat. A great thing about cloud storage is that if data is lost on local machines like computers or phones, the data is still accessible. At the very least 90% of the files will be accessible if a network failure has caused the trauma. The biggest advantage is having your
data continually backed up across various servers which can restore anything you’ve lost.

Change management

Managing traditional on-prem change is fairly direct:

A typical  “waterfall” approach leads us to somewhere with different kinds of impacts.  Let’s think about requirements gathering. In a waterfall approach, we typically look at requirements at the outset. You revisit them as development progresses. The base for the application coder is everything that is progressing from point A to B to Z in lock-step.

In the cloud …

On the other hand, the journey to the cloud is agile, flexible and iterative.  The sprints for the cloud are very different from those involving legacy data centers. As you proceed with these sprints, more activities will be layered onto previous ones. Your stakeholder’s feedbacks  stay open and flexible to new developments.

Other Benefits

It provides elasticity – something, which is extremely important every CIO would believe. With Cloud, A business can instantly provision computing capacity to address spikes in demand

Time has always been money. In today’s digital age, it is gold. When your in-house employees have few low-level tech issues to deal with, they have more time fixing more mission-critical challenges and their ability to seamlessly access files from anywhere, anytime makes them super productive every time.

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How To Decide About SAP On The Cloud Or Remain On-Premise? 

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One of the most important question today we have migrating SAP from an existing On-Premise to the Cloud.  This article would address the following:

Background analysis – On-prem vs. Cloud

•  SAP – On-prem and Cloud

•  Reason to migrate your SAP Application to cloud

•  Best practices on migration

•  How Minfy can help?

On-prem vs. Cloud

Previously, a managed captive data center was in vogue for some valid reasons, but today, with cloud computing readily available, on-premise infrastructure means huge cost, time and effort-taking investment. Given the competitive marketing landscape and pressure to align with changing technologies, companies are slowly but steadily moving to cloud – at their desired time; depending on specific business priorities

So while cloud is the new normal, not everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon. Making a decision to move to the cloud is not easy, because it is always exciting to stay with your current setup that has been working for you over the years. More than that, the thought of change is fearful. Even if you made the migration, the real challenges come after that. Integrating your old system with cloud technologies, developing a pro cloud culture in your enterprise, and continuously enhancing with time are all huge concerns.

With trusted cloud computing partners like Minfy Technologies, you can seamlessly migrate to a favorable cloud landscape, and then thrive in it while addressing all the challenges that are waiting to be addressed.

SAP – On-prem and Cloud

SAP S/4 HANA – the ERP business suite can be deployed using either of the two platforms: on-premise and in the cloud. Not one size fits all and so not one variant is the go-to product for all businesses. Both of these have their own advantages and limitations.  But there’s a reason many businesses are considering the cloud over its on-prem cousin. Read more as we explore the deployment models, and seek to find the best one for you!

The on-prem variant is deployed on your own servers and is managed by you. From the database, applications, OS, servers, virtualization, networking and everything else has to be handled by you.

SAP S/4 HANA cloud edition is its SAAS version. With access to it, users can benefit from much of its on-premise features while at the same time freeing themselves from the responsibilities and undesired costs associated with the on-prem model.

Key Difference between On-Premises and the Cloud deployement models

Traditional licensing model Subscription-based licensing model
The customer manages the deployment and maintenance of infrastructure SAP controls infrastructure and system maintenance
Customer has better flexibility controls Limited customization flexibilities
Time and effort taking implementation. New features implementation require additional purchases The tested platform facilitates quicker implementation
Annual upgrades need to be maintained by the customer. The company can decide the frequency of upgrades, but it is a time-consuming activity SAP maintains the quarterly upgrades, and it informs the customers of an upcoming upgrade and the customer can set the desired time to implement it

Benefits of SAP S/4 HANA to the Cloud –

• High-performance, quick deployment
• Higher cost control
• Agility flexibility and quicker upgrades
• Scale-up and down depending on requirements
• Move from large CapEx to stable OpEx
• Abstraction, Resiliency
• Cost control – Pay for the compute you actually use. Move from large CapEx to stable OpEx
• Agility – While on-premise, unexpected spike in resource demand affects system performance. Cloud makes SAP more agile – seamlessly handling any development and growth
• Scalability – Expanding geographically? Merging? Demand in AI, IoT projects? Cloud facilitates you to size system according to demands and evolving priorities
• Security – SAP on-premise can be extremely secure, but only specialized resources can do it properly. With cloud computing comes extensive standard encryption, built-in access control, and support for compliances and more – which means reduced security concerns
• Moreover, the cloud has cheaper disaster recovery systems, relieves you from costly hardware. So, if you are thinking to move SAP to the cloud, you are thinking it right. Time is now!
• Migrating SAP to Cloud, therefore, means increased financial benefits, reduced infrastructure and operating costs and higher flexibility over desired functions. But planning and readiness are two vital ingredients to achieve most of your investment

Best practices on Cloud migration

Make a careful plan. SAP migrations should have proper backing of researched planning. Pinpoint your SAP landscape and decide what to migrate.

Prepare for a situation where lift and shift does not work. Many applications run on legacy systems and DB combinations that are not always available on the public cloud. So, in situations where lift and shift does not work, you need to alter the operating system and the database. Please note this process might incur more time and cost than initially thought of.

Infrastructure design, if not done thoughtfully, can incur huge performance issues and undesired overheads. Also, making sure business continues as usual, when maintenance activities are running is another priority during migration, other than ensuring top-level security backings.

Combine your enterprise IT skills with third party support for effective implementation for key best practices. In other words, a phase-driven migration strategy is important.


How Minfy can Help? 

Over the past few years, we have successfully completed 30+ SAP HANA Migrations thereby helping businesses achieve continued business advantage. We are committed to delivering today’s best-of-breed cloud solutions to the organizations, we pioneered ourselves on SAP on the cloud, NextGen Managed Services, Dev-Ops, Microservices and CI & CD.

As a Key Differentiator AWS partner, Minfy Technologies placed itself in the market as a pioneer of Cloud Migration. We specialize in migrating petabytes/terabytes of data from SAP and Microsoft workloads to the Cloud. We support Data Storage solutions using AWS Snowball, S3, etc. Minfy has developed an exclusive product called CloudStorz, which can help in hospital-specific CLOUD-BASED OBJECT STORAGE AND COLLABORATION PLATFORM. We provide the most cost-effective, highly secure data transfer services that reduce your time of migrating from weeks to days.

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SAP Workload Migration From Azure To AWS 

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Advantages, Challenges & the Right Solution

The last decade has seen businesses increasingly moving their application workloads from on-premise to the cloud. SAP being one of the most business-critical applications, there have been considerable discussions around migrating SAP workloads to the cloud and choosing the right cloud vendor.

Two of the leading players in the market, Azure and AWS, both offer great support for running SAP workloads. AWS being a market leader has a rich ecosystem of solutions and integrations that can benefit your SAP implementation. However, Azure is also fast expanding its repertoire of solutions.

Understanding Challenges with SAP on Azure

The choice of AWS or Azure depends primarily on what best meets business requirements, and the existing IT infrastructure and cloud solution in place. However, there are a few well-identified challenges with running SAP on Azure that you might want to consider when evaluating moving SAP to the cloud, or moving SAP from Azure to AWS:

No Dynamic Capacity Planning: Azure has certain constraints on moving and allocating infrastructure resources, which means you cannot dynamically scale your cloud usage up or down in response to changing demand. This can lead to wasteful expenditure in paying for resources that are not in use.

Limited Visibility and Monitoring: Azure offers a limited range of monitoring tools, which means you do not have complete visibility into your infrastructure. This lack of insight can cause a failure to notice core performance issues, thus disrupting business processes. Most businesses adopt additional monitoring software to get around this challenge.

Besides this, Azure is also less flexible when it comes to supporting non-Windows based server platforms.

Advantages of Running SAP Workloads on AWS

With over 5000 active customers, AWS looks to be the most preferred cloud solution for running SAP workloads. IDG Research reveals that businesses running SAP workloads on AWS report high satisfaction rating, and have reaped significant benefits. 96% of businesses surveyed say that choosing AWS has reduced their total cost of ownership (TCO). They also report an increase in savings by upto 26%.

But that’s just the beginning.

Here’s a closer look at the diverse range of benefits that businesses stand to gain, once they move their SAP workloads to AWS:

Easy Provisioning, High Scalability

Migrating SAP workloads onto AWS gives you a highly available, robust and scalable infrastructure to launch and manage your business critical applications. It eliminates the need for investing in costly and time-consuming infrastructure purchases and deployment, allowing you to launch SAP systems in minutes. And this improved time-to-market is highly valuable in today’s disruptive market conditions.

The close partnership between AWS and SAP means that customers can leverage a range of solutions designed specifically deliver these benefits:

• AWS Quick Start to streamline deployment of SAP HANA production environments, in accordance with best practices from both SAP and AWS.

•  Integrating SAP workloads with AWS CloudFormation and Amazon CloudWatch to automate resource provisioning and other system maintenance.

Your teams also do not have to engage in complex capacity planning to ensure optimal use of budgets and resources. With flexible computing solutions and pricing models, AWS allows you to scale up or scale down infrastructure usage in response to fluctuating requirements. You can add or remove compute, networking and storage instances as required, to actively keep up with evolving workloads. And this is a key advantage that AWS delivers over Azure.

Improved Performance, Enhanced Agility

One of the key reasons businesses choose AWS for SAP is because it offers a complete cloud environment for business innovations. The fact that SAP and AWS have been working together since 2011 means that businesses have access to a set of solutions that have been honed over the years to anticipate and solve real customers needs around application performance and agility. So we have:

•  A range of Amazon EC2 instances optimized for specific SAP workload needs. One of these is X1, which has been purpose-built with Intel® Xeon® E7 processors. It meets the strict performance requirements for in-memory databases such as SAP HANA and other big data and enterprise workloads.

•  Pre-built system images are available on AWS for certain SAP solutions, allowing businesses to deploy a ready-to-go, preconfigured SAP system in a matter of minutes.

Dedicated SAP customer support for businesses running SAP on AWS.

Lower Cost, Higher Savings

Businesses migrating SAP to AWS report a significant drop in TCO in the short term. SAP reveals that customers leveraging AWS cloud for their SAP workloads incur savings ranging from 59%-71% over a five-year period.

These savings occur across several aspects:

•  Lower cost of purchasing and maintaining physical infrastructure

•  Improved and simplified operational processes which minimize spends across process design, technical set-up, project management and testing

•  Lower cost on continuous improvements and activities such as application and system upgrades

•  Ability to dynamically manage resource usage in response to changing requirements

The cost benefits delivered by AWS also compound over time, with businesses that have been using it for a longer period to run their SAP reporting higher cost savings.

Challenges in Migrating SAP from Azure to AWS

While there are several approaches to migrating applications between clouds, not all of them yield similar results. When it comes to moving SAP workloads, it is important to plan a detailed migration strategy so as to ensure minimal disruption for the business. And hence, it is advisable to know the possible challenges to expect during migration, and how to work around them.

CloudEndure may not work

One way to migrate SAP from Azure to AWS is by using CloudEndure Migration. It offers an automated cloud migration solution with a lift-and-shift approach. However, what appears to be a simple enough solution on paper can run into several roadblocks once executed:

•  The CloudEndure agent does not support Linux Suse12 SP3 servers for Azure to AWS migration

•  Azure and AWS have different Hardware Virtual Machine (HVM) layers, with varying processor families, leading to compatibility issues

•  This can result in having to move all your applications and databases manually from Azure to AWS, which can be an extremely error-prone and cost-intensive process

It is possible to work through these challenges individually, like adopting a different migration path for Linux servers or choosing to move ahead with manual migration of databases. But the overall migration process in itself remains inefficient and can bring down the productivity and performance of the final implementation.

So it’s advisable that you find a more comprehensive solution to migrate SAP workloads from Azure to AWS.

Leveraging AWS Server Migration Service

Starting, April 2019, Amazon announced support for Azure to AWS migration with the AWS Server Migration Service (SMS). Currently, AWS SMS is one of the best methods to migrate your SAP workloads running in Microsoft Azure to AWS Cloud. You can discover your virtual machines running SAP on Azure, bundle them into applications, and swiftly move them to AWS. The key advantages of this are:

•  Completely eliminate the hassles of replicating individual servers or decoupling application dependencies

•  Reduce time taken for migration

•  Reduce the risk of errors during migration and any consequent downtime

The Last Word

Given there are known challenges to successfully running SAP on Azure, which have a direct impact on operating expenditure, it does make sense for enterprises to move to AWS to improve application performance and keep costs low. However, SAP migrations from Azure to AWS are not as straightforward as cloud teams might desire and require detailed strategic plans. CloudEndure has been a solution for this so far, but that comes with its own set of challenges. With the AWS Server Migration Service, enterprise cloud teams will now find it far less challenging to make the switch. What could also aid enterprise IT teams looking to execute an SAP migration from Azure to AWS is an experienced third-party team of cloud professionals. At Minfy, we have worked with enterprises across industries to successfully carry out workload migrations onto and between cloud solutions.

Let’s start a conversation and our experts can help ensure a seamless migration of your SAP workloads.

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Ensuring High Availability For SAP On AWS Workloads

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Nearly 70% of enterprise organizations are currently migrating data for enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications to the cloud, according to the latest reports from the Cloud Security Alliance. Almost 90% of those surveyed said these ERP apps–most commonly SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft Dynamics–are business-critical, leading to many migration challenges and concerns, the report found; This is because the cloud is a credible and powerful infrastructure alternative for critical business applications. It is an effective way to avoid capital expenses and maintenance costs while also gaining scalability on demand.

Most organizations have adopted SAP solutions for seamless digital integration. Deploying SAP on the cloud can transform SAP landscapes into cost-efficient, agile and scalable systems. It enables organizations to function better and respond effectively to evolving market conditions, positioning them to take advantage of the latest developments in technology and business models.

A popular cloud choice for organizations running SAP is Amazon Web Services (AWS). Not only does AWS offer a wide variety of public cloud services—such as software, infrastructure and platform as a service but AWS also has a long history of SAP experience and broad collective knowledge about SAP technologies and tools.


To drive their critical operations, many organizations are either running or planning to deploy SAP S/4HANA solution on AWS. Also, with SAP S/4HANA it is easy to set up High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) operations. We at Minfy are here to help organizations migrate SAP workloads to AWS with efficiency, reliability and cost control.

This blog will provide a clear insight into how Minfy can help an enterprise through a case study:

The Project


Minfy recently set up an SAP Infra Solution for the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The requirement was to commission a fail-proof and robust Data Center (DC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) site to ensure that downtime and data loss was minified to the fullest possible extent.


The Solution

Minfy solved this requirement with the help of N2WS which is a cloud-native backup tool built specifically for AWS. It gave NSDC the ability to automatically back up data as often as required and at a pace quicker than traditional on-premises backup solutions. Automation simplified workloads, saving NSDC its time and resources while keeping maintenance costs in check.


Ensuring High Availability

This was the customized and High Available S/4 HANA deployment Architecture for NSDC. When setting up robust production systems, minimizing downtime and service interruptions is the top priority.


Minfy recognizes that regardless of how reliable an organization’s systems and software are, problems that can bring down servers and applications can take place any time.

Which is why we believe implementing High Availability for the organization’s infrastructure is a pivotal strategy to help reduce the effect of these problems. Our architecture includes a Highly Available system that can recover from server to component failure automatically. A closer look at the components of our architecture will demonstrate how our Highly Available system ensures continuity for business operations in the face of an interruption.

Components of the Architecture

Security Within – AWS Security Groups | AWS VPC | NACL

Our infrastructure is designed to ensure maximum security for the organization. This architecture not only included the appendix of AWS security groups for SAP but also deployed the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

It allows your organization to launch AWS resources into a virtual network, predefined by your requirements. It is very similar to a network that your organization operates in its own Data Center but with the added benefits of using the scalable AWS infrastructure. As an added layer of security, we also deploy Network Access Control Lists (NACL), which acts as a firewall for the VPC.

Application Server High Availability Using EC2 Auto Recovery

AWS’ EC2 or Elastic Compute Cloud is the web service that will give your enterprise resizable compute capacity in the cloud. This simple web service interface allows your organization to configure and obtain capacity with minimal effort. This component of Minfy’s architecture provides you with complete control over your computing resources.

EC2 helps minimise the amount of time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing for quick scaling capacity both up and down. Minfy provides your organization with tools to help build failure-resilient applications that are isolated from common failure scenarios.

HANA Replication in Pilot Light Mode Using HSR

This SAP provided solution solves for High Availability and Disaster Recovery. HANA System Replication (HSR) follows the “N+N” approach where you have to configure the same number of nodes for both primary and secondary systems. Our HANA replication in Pilot Light Mode allows you to use it in combination with AWS Availability Zones, helping you protect your organization’s SAP HANA installation from major Data Center failures.

Application Server Replication Using Snapshots

This is a Backup & Recovery option offered by N2WS which is an EC2 backup and Data Recovery solution based on EBS snapshots. Snapshot technology provides your organization with an option to take snapshots in a way that hardly affects the host and also ensuring maximum storage space. Snapshots also allow for rapid recovery and are the optimal solution for backup in the event of an outage. With AWS you can copy snapshots between regions which opens up avenues to use EBS snapshots for an EC2 Disaster Recovery across EC2 regions.

With this comprehensive architecture that solves for and ensures High Availability, and a host of other problems your enterprise faces while deploying SAP on AWS.

Here’s how Minfy’s solution looks in a nutshell:

•  You can view replication status from a central dashboard

•  EBS Snapshots are automated

•  Servers are launched quickly with the click of a button

•  Launches are automated with minimal manual intervention

•  A single login dashboard which is easy to use is in place

•  Maintains point in time snapshots as defined

•  No decay because of automation

As clearly demonstrated, Minfy’s Managed Services can give your organization maximum efficiency. Our Next Generation Managed Services comes with a host of benefits which include 24*7 infrastructure monitoring, comprehensive website monitoring and production support.

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Why Media Players Need AWS CloudFront?

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With AWS CloudFront, media organizations can measurably benefit from a relevant workflow that brings agility, flexibility, intelligence on a global scale.

Media workflow across the media value chain is undergoing steady directional changes. Traditional media model see a huge challenge to produce and repurpose content. AWS  is rapidly evolving it’s technological landscape for Media players. One of it’s service is AWS CloudFront for Media players

The article helps you understand how AWS CloudFront can enable media players  can redefine their customer engagement practices with variety of content across channel.

Challenges with Traditional Media Content Distribution

The linear production system has been usually slow as most of the departments heavily rely on each other for the completion of desired activities. The production stages are siloed, marked with isolated technology platforms, and thus require constant content ingestion in each production phase. Dependability on physical videotapes meant the extra burden of power, space, and maintenance for storing archived and stock content. This leaves little room for complicated Content Distribution and Management workflows ending up with time, money and effort-costing outcomes.


The type of content to be produced hugely influences the processing aspect of the media industry. With the format and context of digital content continue to evolve and grow – addressing device, screen, and viewing priorities of consumers – they require standalone processing capacity and efforts.


The need for comprehensive content management software that touches the complete media production and distribution lifecycle makes media companies go for custom-built solutions or adopt dissimilar software into the process – making the workflow prone to redundancies


With huge demand to go for digital and redefined consumer preferences, traditional media companies sometimes make the hurried transition – without making a truly scalable model for operability. Staffs suffer from the lack of understanding of new practices, absence of allocating decision rights make security best practices confusing

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Introduction to AWS CloudFront

AWS CloudFront is a global content delivery network supporting massive capacity that scale with highest possible performance possible. You can protect our content by regulating who can access our content.

The emerging models of digital media workflow transform each aspect of media today. It is helping entertainment companies to increase their flexibility with improved system adaptability.

Today, media players can embrace smart content distribution system. The industry-wide innovation improving  customer service. It is also minimizing deployment support efforts, reduce operational costs, and increasing IT security and reliability.

The Road map to a practical Media Content Delivery

The workflow need not necessarily begin or ends with it, it requires continued innovation, and adaptability with changing technologies and priorities of content in relation to the media house that seeks to transit from the traditional model and thrive in a matured workflow. Many new measures need to be integrated with changing demands and make the workflow aptly aligned with the organizational objective.

Who needs AWS CloudFront?

If you are an enterprise with a global web audience doing different activities with the stuff you provide, then you can use AWS CloudFront.

Some of the key areas where AWS CloudFront can work are:

• Live Media broadcasters delivering live video's, news, sports and other events

• Entertainment media players delivering movies, music etc.,

• Software resellers, hubs where users are allowed to download the software, updates and patches.

• Educational content distributors or e-learning players

• Video Games and other players.

Benefits of using AWS CloudFront

With AWS CloudFront, media organizations benefit with low latency, high data transfer speeds with almost no commitments. It brings agility, flexibility on a global scale.

AWS CloudFront can fine tune your users behaviors

Etag headers are sort of hash tags used for Web cache validation and conditional requests from browsers for resources. That means whenever the user requests something from his browser. If the website is in his memory/cache, AWS CloudFront will tag Etags and this behavior is automatically triggered.  Benefit for you is- You know who is viewing your content online, from where and from what device.


Speed up dynamic content without losing a bit in customization

You can use AWS CloudFront as a proxy for both Amazon S3 where your static assets are stored, and for your EC2 instance, or your on-premises Custom Origin server-where dynamic content is generated.  This allows you to optimize the network and path.


Better scalability, improved availability, and reduced costs

You can build and configure the security features, control of the service and make content changes on the fly.  The best part is AWS cloudFront includes Reporting. It helps you to analyze your CDN performance and change the way your CDN is integrating with your application.




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SAP Heterogeneous Migration

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Migrating SAP Systems to AWS

Homogeneous SAP migrations

(in the operating system and database remain the same):

•  Physical-to-virtual migrations: tools to help organizations shift from on-premises physical hardware to AWS.

• Virtual-to-virtual migrations: solutions to help companies migrate from virtualized on-premises infrastructures to AWS.

• Server migration service (SMS) that enables companies running VMware-based environments to replicate their environments directly into AWS.

Heterogeneous migration

(in which the operating system or database changes):

  • SAP heterogeneous system copy, potentially with options that minimize downtime, such as SAP NZDT or Shareplex.

AWS Server Migration Service (AWS SMS)

SAP Database Migration Option for migrations to SAP HANA and Sybase. AWS Server Migration Service (AWS SMS) is an agentless service that migrates your on-premises VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines to the AWS Cloud. In this blog post, I’ll discuss some of the main benefits of AWS SMS and explain how you can use this service to migrate your virtualized, on-premises (or private cloud) SAP workloads to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances on the AWS Cloud.

Here are some of the keys benefits of using AWS SMS:

Simplified migration: After you configure the source environment, you can migrate your virtual machines easily by scheduling replication jobs in the AWS Management Console. Replication to Amazon Machine Image (AMI) creation is a four-stage process that’s handled automatically when the replication job is executed.

Incremental migration: AWS SMS can replicate a live environment incrementally, which can speed up the migration process significantly. You can continue to run your production environment while it’s being replicated to the AWS Cloud.

Minimized downtime: There is no impact on production operations during incremental replication. However, final replication (cutover) does require downtime.

• Parallel migration: With AWS SMS, you can migrate multiple virtual machines in parallel. With this capability, you can migrate your complete landscape (for example, migrate all your development systems at one time, and then quality assurance systems, and so on).

System Copy and Migration

 A system copy can be either Homogeneous or Heterogeneous

Heterogeneous System Copy

One of the following is changed during the system copy

• Operating System (In this case, system copy is called OS migration)

• Database system  (In this case, system copy is called DB migration)

• Operating system and database system (in this case, system copy is called OS/DB migration)

The real value of migrating to the cloud is not the “lift and shift” aspect. Moving to AWS makes it easier and faster to augment and enhance SAP environments with new technology innovation.

Database Migration Key Concepts

One of the key reasons businesses choose AWS for SAP is because it offers a complete cloud environment for business innovations. The fact that SAP and AWS have been working together since 2011 means that businesses have access to a set of solutions that have been honed over the years to anticipate and solve real customers needs around application performance and agility. So we have:

• A range of Amazon EC2 instances optimized for specific SAP workload needs. One of these is X1, which has been purpose-built with Intel® Xeon® E7 processors. It meets the strict performance requirements for in-memory databases such as SAP HANA and other big data and enterprise workloads.

• Pre-built system images are available on AWS for certain SAP solutions, allowing businesses to deploy a ready-to-go, preconfigured SAP system in a matter of minutes.

• Dedicated SAP customer support for businesses running SAP on AWS.


Organizations deem it fruitful to move the large amounts of data stored in legacy systems to newer and more reliable current systems. This may be done to make use of the advanced features and functionalities that current systems offer. Further, legacy systems are continually on the decline and moving to contemporary systems make sense when seen in terms of service support, use of latest technology etc.

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Because legacy systems require experienced DBAs and Application Developer, the total cost incurred is high. Therefore to bring down the cost, organizations move on to a single contemporary system with greater functionalities and low total cost of ownership (TCO).


One of the major reasons for organizations to decide to migrate is to capitalize on the latest technology. There is always a risk with legacy systems that vendors may withdraw its support and make the system obsolete. This motivates organizations to move to new suitable systems. Another motivation could be business demand. The business may expand beyond the capabilities of the current system forcing the need to move to a new system. For example, a leading insurance company used a character-based application driven by an 8-year-old Informix database. The business demands changed and they decided to opt for an e-business and ERP integration, with a single vendor providing for all the requirements. To exploit the extant technology and its capabilities, the organization migrated from the Oracle 8i to SAP S/4 HANA

Database Unification

It is most often the case that organizations have their data stored across multiple databases. Different applications run on different databases. But managing and tracking multiple databases is a logistical nightmare. Multiple licenses, multiple vendor support, source feed synchronizations etc. takes up the cost and effort many folds. Thus consolidating the data as far as possible makes sense. For example, an airline company had its data and corresponding applications running on 9 different databases. When running costs and data management came into question, they decided to migrate their data and applications to just two database platforms.


Database migration cannot be overlooked as a simple step of retiring an existing platform and moving on to a new one. It is a complex process with many phases and every migration process is unique. This makes it prone to failures. Thorough knowledge of what is required out of the migration, proper migration design and predicting the possible issues that might come up during the migration can bring down the chances of failures drastically.


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Managing Cloud Security – Protection, Detection And Proactive Actions

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Cloud Computing | Security

Managing Cloud Security – Protection, Detection And Proactive Actions

Posted On June, 2021

Cloud security encompasses managing people, process & technology with thorough policies, that safeguard data and applications operating in the cloud. AWS allows businesses to own greater control they need to flawlessly run their operations on the strength of a powerful cloud computing environment. The vast network of data centers and network services are thoughtfully architected to safeguard confidential information, protect identities and applications across devices and platforms.

Whatever the security and compliance need, AWS protects an enterprise’s information assets and supports their top-secret workloads. By allowing them to automate manual security tasks, it frees them to focus on scaling and business innovation efforts.

In this article, we will cover different aspects of security and access management in AWS, and how Minfy as a Managed Service Provider is uniquely positioned to deliver robust security outcomes for its clients.

Security and Access Management in AWS to strengthen your cloud

AWS maintains a shared responsibility model. This means it is responsible for the security of the underlying infrastructure leased to the customer, whereas the customer is responsible for maintaining the security of the areas in the infrastructure that they control.

Common AWS security features a business needs to power up their cloud infrastructure


AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) enables you to micromanage what a user can access, including services and resources. The granular level permission provides a robust security shield, letting you decide whether to allow or deny a user’s specific access rights, and which activities they can perform with the resource. You can fine grain access control by defining timing, and source of access, while setting up multi-factor authentication for highly privileged users, and refining and optimizing control rules etc.

S3 Security

Simple Storage Service or S3 provides you with data storage with strong durability, performance, scalability and availability features. Users only have access to the S3 resources they create. There are many ways to add permissions to S3 as listed here –

S3 empowers you to fine tune access control based on unique compliance and business needs, you can control cost depending on situational needs, and conduct large scale optimization and changes. Since it works with Lambda, logging activities, defining alerts, and managing workflows does not need managing additional infrastructure. Customers – no matter size and industry – can leverage on it to safeguard, vast amount of important data for different use cases.

Security groups

Traditional firewalls can be inflexible, and suffer from varied limiting situations. On the other hand, AWS security groups are tied with EC2 instances and offer protocol and port access level security, meaning you can spot and specify permissive rules for both inbound and outbound traffic. By default, traffic is denied, meaning if it is not explicitly allowed in, then it will automatically be rejected. Security groups are a very integral and powerful security measure in the AWS cloud.

Cloud trail

The user activity tracking tool is helpful to understand if your security configuration is robust. It enables you to gain informed insights over governance, compliance. It allows you to log, monitor, access and retain activity across your infrastructure. The capabilities when combined streamline operational tasks, and support in troubleshooting. Besides, Informed and practical visibility into user and account activity brings accountability into the process, and help resolve probable disputes before they could leave any impact.

So, using AWS, you will gain the power, flexibility and tools you need to securely run your business on the cloud. At the same time, you are in control of your enterprise’s unique and demanding security requirements.

Minfy as a Next Gen Managed Service provider with strong priorities for security

Securing IT artefacts in the cloud is not a short sprint. It is an ongoing feature of digitalized enterprises. Building cyber resilience into their systems is a priority and how well they posture against threats and risks is at the foundation of the security strategy. At Minfy we have operational experience in ensuring the perimeters of security are redrawn and the security road map details the specific customer needs.

Threat modeling and various checks and balances are part of our routine deliverables. The one aspect that distinguishes us from the others is our ability to integrate security into your day-to-day operations. In fact, seamlessly harmonize with the DevOps philosophy. When this is accomplished enterprises scan actually leverage the cloud to strengthen security parameters and be ready for eventualities.

Minfy’s security experts provide continuous protection and monitoring of its client’s digital assets on the AWS environment.


- Well defined cyber posturing

- Security as a continuous process

- Reactive and proactive modeling

- Integration with the workflows resulting in savings of time and costs

- Reviews and audits for firm vigilance

Minfy has established proven AWS security practices, provides pro-active 24/7 support to help its clients navigate complex risks, and improves their cloud security posture. From refining security policies based on demands, setting up IR plans, vulnerability management, threat detection, responding to alerts in real time and remediating systems; Minfy closely works with its clients to make the most of their AWS experience at scale.

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