Physical databases are difficult to migrate into the cloud, however, this has been found to be a latest business trend that is being utilized as a strategy in view of the latest technological advancements. Many business organizations are making use of this technological advancement as a strategy to get ahead of their contemporary competitors in the market (Sobiya and Nayagam 2014). The following case is also based on an organization’s attempt to get ahead of its competitors by upgrading the business process to cloud. The cloud migration solution will be provided for the 4 options by which the company will supposedly use the video-on-demand and pay-per-view or VOD and PPV migration of 20 terabytes of data. In addition to that, the challenges while performing the tasks will be addressed to mitigate in the solution.
Solutions as per the mentioned options
Option 1: Upgrading legacy software with that of the proprietary one
The legacy software that the organization utilized previously included having physical existences of the movies and videos. It is planned by the organization that online video streaming would replace the legacy software. The proprietary software solution for this option would be the cloud migration of the video database (Goyal 2014). This solution is appropriate for the organization’s video database because it is noted that the total storage space for the videos only would take up to 20 terabytes. Handling such a huge amount of data physically would have a risk of data being mismanaged and it can lead to loss of data as well. Therefore, it is justified that the legacy system should be replaced with that of the proprietary software solution of migrating the video data entirely to cloud.
Option 2: Developing custom solution based on revised requirements in the provided case
Data migration process is bound to have few problems in the migration process and thus, a customized solution can be put in order other than the data migration as described below:
Assessment of the cost and resource: The video data migration process is offered for free by many consultants. However, after the deployment of the servers to the cloud, all the expenses are available to get tracked (Abreu et al. 2017). This can be used for further forecast and optimization of at most 80 per cent of the VMware server and thus the cost for cloud migration can be assessed properly.
Assessing the VMware: It is required that the existing systems for the VMware server be assessed before the data be migrated into the cloud to check if the costs are permissible and the technical dependencies are met. This will determine if all the terms of the architecture needed for the data migration are synchronized so that there would not be any problem with the migration process.
Option 3: Migration into a cloud-based suite
Cloud hosts follow the major schematics of Iaas, Saas and PaaS. The organization under observation for the video data migration process needs to check which of these schematics would be appropriate for the data migration process. After the thorough observation of the case study, it can be suggested that the organization uses SaaS or Software-as-a-Service for the particular data migration process (Pereira 2016). With the SaaS cloud-based suite, software will take care of all the migrated data and solutions will be provided for the operations regarding the backup and storage of data. The SaaS suite for clouds also provides solutions regarding the online streaming of the videos with various tools and using one such tool would be beneficial to the organization. The best solution for the online streaming for the videos, as per the consultant would be the crowd sourced streaming supporting the video streaming paradigm through single source and constant access of the internet. With the application of this solution, video streaming would be undisrupted from the clouds that would also be cost effective.
Option 4: Hybrid of solution 1-3
If there has to be a hybrid solution provided for the options 1 to 3 as mentioned in the case study, then it can be said that the organization should use the cloud-based suite for SaaS with a huge cloud storage area with faster transfer solution. This is because; the video data that is to be migrated is a total of 20 terabytes. The time required for migration of such huge data will be much more and based on that the expenses will rise as well. To avoid wastage of time and money, the above mentioned solution can be utilized. The traditional process without SaaS and bigger storage includes copying of the entire data twice per day rather than the real-time copying process and the backup and storage done in cheap techniques. This leads to problematic data recovery after a mishap and the RTO/RPO process would take days or months to be completed (Yardley, Jones and Montakhab 2014).
A suggested solution thus states that the problems are to be eliminated with providing 10 minute for RPO/RTO recovery with the SaaS solutions implied.
Advantages and Disadvantages of the Solution
The solution is reliable and provides improved results. It is a secured mythology that improves efficiency of the entire system. Internal control is enhanced with the implementation as well as the scalability and usability of the system (Pardo 2015). The system is interoperable and flexible and would help the organization in commercialization for their business.
The cost of implementation is a tad bit high and the solution is too specific, that is, it disregards any other situation for the migration process and follows a uniform path. The solution is time consuming and also there are risks associated with it regarding data mishandling. It also becomes problematic for the organization to accept the changes that the solution suggests at first which is only removed after proper training acquired to handle the situations.
Comparative analysis of the solution in Option 3
The comparative analysis of the solution as mentioned in the option 3 will be done with establishing a differentiation of the cloud solution and the traditional system that the company used before. The following would be the analysis based on the points as below:
- The time taken before for viewing of the video used to be much longer. The solution has provided a live streaming option which has made it simpler for the customers to view their desired video at will for a much lesser time taken (Landry and Greenwald 2018).
- Although there are impending risks with the migration of data in cloud, but it is achievable through regular reporting and monitoring with different available tools for the server. It was difficult without the solution provided to migrate the data from its physical existence (Li 2016).
- The solution in option 3 is a bit expensive given the size of the data to be migrated in the cloud, and this happens to be the only problem with the solution. However, the return on investments would be able to compensate for the investment.
In conclusion, it can be said that the solution for the video-on-demand and pay-per-view or VOD and PPV migration of 20 terabytes of data is feasible for the organization from all aspects. This is also based on the fact that the challenges while performing the tasks have been addressed to mitigate in the solution.
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