9th Feb 2022

Gearing your business from legacy to cloud with App Modernization

Digital transformation has become an economic imperative. Transformation initiatives no longer remain an enterprise-led thing but have become part of greater efforts without borders. Digital reinventors blur sectoral boundaries, allowing them to target greater revenue pools and create opportunities for faster time-to-market. 

While physical-first business models have become a rather cold product, cloud and digitally operating frameworks are creating fresh opportunities by adding greater business value. While there exist certain variables that drive modernization, IT leaders are particularly interested in the powerful capabilities of the cloud. Gartner suggests 90% of organizations by 2022 will start adopting cloud computing models (IaaS and PaaS), empowering existing, and reinventing legacy technology backbones.  

The blog breaks down how Microsoft Azure’s powerful capabilities modernize enterprise applications and build a fully managed suite of apps based on .NET, SQL which businesses can use to accelerate digital transformation.  

Cloud adoption as a propeller of innovation 

The global cloud revenue is all set to reach a staggering $474 billion in 2022 as compared to the pandemic-driven $408 billion in 2021. With all the buzz about digital experiences, cloud-native platforms are growing from popular to pervasive to pivotal. Increasingly, CIOs are looking to: 

  • Quickly scale applications and databases experiencing demand and usage spikes  
  • Prioritize new features based on urgent user needs – what are the critical capabilities needed today? 
  • Drive focus and energy of IT teams towards urgent, priority tasks (not maintenance) 
  • Rethink the way they develop apps to reflect new realities related to their business 

Cloud adoption is not all about digitalizing existing legacy systems; a lot of thought goes into policies, procedures, and execution. Starting with strategy is a wise option when looking to modernize business applications. But choosing the set of technologies that create a balance between technology elements and transformation drivers is essential. Let’s look at how Microsoft Azure provides this business value keeping intact factors like modernization, growth and, cost optimization. 

A run-through of App Modernization with Azure 

Techvista Qatar, as a Microsoft Gold Partner, offers Application Modernization services purpose-built for peerless innovation and seamless migration. Powered by Microsoft Azure’s competitive cloud options, enterprises can drive cost savings without expensive rework and code changes, optimizing time to value. The managed services are built on IIS and the SQL code base and offer 99.95%+ SLAs on numerous .NET apps.  

The platform also features custom-built migration assistants as per client ecosystems to assess your applications, databases, and even .NET code. With the Azure Migration and Modernization Program, you can effortlessly migrate workloads, containerize them with Windows Containers (virtualization technology used to package and operate Windows and Linux applications, provided by Microsoft), and update the code to contemporary frameworks like .NET 5. 

Reinventing virtualization with Windows Container 

By 2022, more than 75% of organizations operating globally are forecasted to adopt containerized applications in production phases. The figure below is a demonstration of how a traditional virtual machine operates in contrast to Windows Containers, which are much easier to scale dynamically. Since containers have smaller order of magnitude, they spin up in seconds as compared to VMs which have images in the size of gigabytes, by and large reducing the IT overhead.   

You can also migrate containers and their respective dependencies to lesser performing or underutilized virtual machines (VMs). This helps decommission resources that are no longer necessary for development in the existing ecosystem, creating better opportunities for cost optimization and efficient production. 

Here are some quick perks of incorporating Windows Containers with your .NET framework business applications: 

  • Agile operations from development to production to ship applications faster 
  • Enhanced portability options to move workloads to and from different environments 
  • High-density development to foster maximum resource efficiency  
  • Rapid scaling to meet market and customer demand on time  

ASP.NET as a cross-platform web framework 

There are several ways to modernize your infrastructure and code with Azure. The primary pattern for ASP.NET Framework applications running either as code or in a Windows Container is using App Service and Azure SQL. Organizations are modernizing their .NET code as they move to the cloud as well and with new support for .NET 5 on App Service, customers can get the flexibility and scalability of .NET Core with the manageability of App Service.  

.NET 5 is also being used to refactor monoliths as microservices and AKS has become a mainstream modernization destination for many applications. Finally seeing .NET being used in conjunction with other frameworks – notably node and python – modernization doesn’t just mean bringing existing code to run on Azure, it also modernizes the code along the way and extends the application using multiple frameworks.  

App Modernization is the way forward  

All in all, organizations are moving towards end-to-end cloud-enabled platforms and services; not only to optimize spending but to create value in business operations. App Modernization with Microsoft-powered service like Azure proposes a viable solution that meets the needs of current-day modernization standards businesses are looking for to dominate the market and retain customers.  

Tired of legacy technology holding you and your business back? Create digital experiences by modernizing your business applications with the best-in-class capabilities. Head over to our Application Modernization page to learn more.