Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Pat Romanski, Lori MacVittie, Andreas Grabner, Jim Kaskade, John Basso

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Java IoT, Microsoft Cloud, Containers Expo Blog, Agile Computing, SDN Journal

@CloudExpo: Article

AppZero to Launch New Application Modernization Tool

Application Modernization Tool to Mitigate the Risks of Windows Server 2003 End of Life

Microsoft  Tech Ed 2014 attendees will get a first look at the only automated application migration tool for modernizing enterprise server applications ahead of the end of life of Windows Server 2003 when AppZero releases AppZero V6 during the conference May 12-15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.  Microsoft and AppZero will also cohost a webinar "How to Solve the Challenge of WS 2003 End of Life" on May 29 at 1:00 (EST) showing AppZero V6 in action. Register here for the webinar.

AppZero is the only product available that can "up-level" your infrastructure, moving apps from an old OS to a newer one with the click of a button - allowing users to modernize and move to the cloud in one step.

"AppZero offers a good solution for those looking to move off of WS2003, said Mac Devine, CTO, IBM Cloud Services Division. "This new version's ability to dramatically shorten downtime will strengthen the appeal for our enterprise customers who want to move their applications to SoftLayer."

"No one wants to risk running unsupported servers, but traditional reinstalls are time and manpower intensive, and require potentially missing install media and code," said Greg O'Connor, AppZero CEO. "With the new features in Version 6 we are easing the required resources and simplifying application migration at scale, enabling users to modernize their infrastructure and reap the benefits of the cloud."

New capabilities in AppZero V6 include:

  • Near-zero down time migrations - In order to minimize downtime, AppZero introduces a set of features that enable application migration with low or no down time and the flexibility to re-synchronize applications across machines.
  • Live Extractions: Application artifacts (files, registry, configuration, data) can be extracted, transformed, modernized and provisioned to a new destination machine or cloud while the source application is running.
  • Pinpoint Extractions: Exception artifact list or change set artifact list can be processed in narrow time windows or migrated via with data base replication tools.
  • Migration Re-sync:  Provides an incremental approach to migration where synchronization of the production machine and the migration machine is automated, greatly reducing the overall migration lifecycle effort.
  • Tether agent: an optional agent deployable on the source server to optimize transmission and accelerate migration time. Tether agent is particularly effective to aid in migration over the internet to a cloud destination.
  • Application Discovery: Often there is no system of record for what applications and components are installed on the machines in the data center or cloud. AppZero Application Discovery is a tool for retrieving a list of products and components installed on local or remote machines. An applications and components list is valuable for portfolio remediation analysis, migration wave planning and to drive an application extraction session.
  • AppZero Integration Pack for SCO: Migrations at scale can be driven from Microsoft's System Center unified on-premises, service provider, and Microsoft Azure environments management platform. AppZero add-on for System Center 2012 Orchestrator extends the management platform to enable application migration at scale. IT centric migration processes like application discovery, live extraction, pin point extraction, cut over to UAT and resynchronize UAT to production are integrated and available out of the box.

AppZero V6 will be demonstrated at Tech Ed on Wednesday, May 14 at 2:00pm in the Microsoft booth theatre and Thursday, May 15 at 2:45 - 4:00pm as part of Microsoft's session "Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Application Migration (DCIM-B376)."

The end of support for Windows 2003 is viewed as one key opportunity to move to the cloud as many industries are changing out old systems. With some 10+ million servers still running Windows Server 2003 and an estimated $9 billion expected to be spent on overall modernization of legacy systems over the next two years, AppZero is perfectly situated, serving a range of cloud adoption, datacenter migration/modernization, application distribution and operating system upgrade uses cases.

AppZero, a "Top 10 Hot Cloud Start-up to Watch," offers the only automated tool available to migrate applications onto newer operating systems; and has been recommended by Microsoft for moving a variety of server applications from Windows Server 2003 to clouds or datacenters running newer operating systems such as Windows Server 2012(R2) and Azure.  AppZero allows you to modernize your infrastructure, moving from an old OS to a newer one with the click of a button - modernize and move to the cloud in one step.  For more on how Microsoft recommends AppZero visit: http://www.appzero.com/content/up-level-os.  See more AppZero use cases at http://www.appzero.com/content/appzero-uses and follow us on twitter @AppZero_Inc.

More Stories By Adine Deford

Adine Deford is the CMO for AppZero – the fastest and most flexible way to move workloads across clouds and datacenter servers, without re-engineering, re-installation, or lock-in. With more than two decades of technology marketing experience, she has a deep understanding of the power of “trigger events” in launching disruptive technologies. She predicts that the end of life for Windows Server 2003 scheduled for July 2015, will be the event that puts application migration, particularly cloud migration on the map. You can follow her on Twitter at @AdineDeford.

@ThingsExpo Stories
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
The idea of comparing data in motion (at the sensor level) to data at rest (in a Big Data server warehouse) with predictive analytics in the cloud is very appealing to the industrial IoT sector. The problem Big Data vendors have, however, is access to that data in motion at the sensor location. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Scott Allen, CMO of FreeWave, discussed how as IoT is increasingly adopted by industrial markets, there is going to be an increased demand for sensor data from the outermos...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, director/senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2017 New York. The 20th Cloud Expo and 7th @ThingsExpo will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Internet to enable us all to im...
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
"Once customers get a year into their IoT deployments, they start to realize that they may have been shortsighted in the ways they built out their deployment and the key thing I see a lot of people looking at is - how can I take equipment data, pull it back in an IoT solution and show it in a dashboard," stated Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings in the last year, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT – especially in the connected home and office. Amazon is extending its reach by building on its dominant Cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, recently announced Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, the 6-7 strategic...
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, discussed why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and mor...
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
Financial Technology has become a topic of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 20th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York, June 6-8, 2017, will find fresh new content in a new track called FinTech.
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Unsecured IoT devices were used to launch crippling DDOS attacks in October 2016, targeting services such as Twitter, Spotify, and GitHub. Subsequent testimony to Congress about potential attacks on office buildings, schools, and hospitals raised the possibility for the IoT to harm and even kill people. What should be done? Does the government need to intervene? This panel at @ThingExpo New York brings together leading IoT and security experts to discuss this very serious topic.
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
"Dice has been around for the last 20 years. We have been helping tech professionals find new jobs and career opportunities," explained Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"At ROHA we develop an app called Catcha. It was developed after we spent a year meeting with, talking to, interacting with senior citizens watching them use their smartphones and talking to them about how they use their smartphones so we could get to know their smartphone behavior," explained Dave Woods, Chief Innovation Officer at ROHA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.