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Modernizing Legacy Applications to Microsoft Azure

By : Steve Read, Larry Mead
Book Image

Modernizing Legacy Applications to Microsoft Azure

By: Steve Read, Larry Mead

Overview of this book

Organizations have varying circumstances, objectives, and prerequisites when contemplating a hyper-scale cloud solution transformation to a platform such as Azure. Modernizing Legacy Applications to Microsoft Azure uncovers potential scenarios and provides choices, methodologies, techniques, and prospective possibilities for transitioning from legacy applications to the Microsoft Azure environment. You’ll start by understanding the legacy systems and the main concerns regarding migration. Then, you’ll investigate why distributed architectures are compelling and the various components of the Azure platform needed during migration. After that, you’ll explore the approaches to modernizing legacy applications and the Rs of modernizing (i.e., rehost, refactor, rearchitect, and retire). You’ll also learn about integration approaches and potential pitfalls. By the end of this book, you’ll be well equipped to modernize your legacy workloads while being aware of pitfalls and best practices.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Legacy Estate Options
Chapter 2: Strategies for Modernizing IBM and Unisys Mainframes
Part 2: Architecture Options
Part 3: Azure Deployment and Future Considerations

Midrange to Azure

In the world of legacy modernization, there are two tiers of computers that you will encounter. Mainframes, both IBM and Unisys as we discussed in the previous chapter, were typically the core mission-critical systems. The other systems we need to consider are midrange systems. Midrange systems often supported the mainframes and were very popular in branch banking and retail store environments. They also were the core systems for smaller businesses and agencies. In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • What is a midrange system?
  • IBM iSeries