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Breaking Down HP-UX Lift and Shift Migration on Azure

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    IMAGINE THIS: you are running your HP-UX workload on Azure. No more dependency on outdated and risky PA-RISC hardware. No more sky-high maintenance costs. Instead, you have the reliability and scalability of the cloud at your disposal.

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy seamless performance, robust security, and scalability? Your team can focus on innovation without having hardware concerns. Lifting and shifting your HP-UX systems to Azure isn’t a mere dream. Our clients are literally experiencing it.

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    HP-UX Lift and Shift Migration on Azure: Why It Matters?

    Within the next 3 years, 90% of organizations will modernize their legacy applications, with the cloud as the primary enabler. This makes Lift and shift migration on Azure a smart move for any business looking to step into the new era of HP-UX cloud computing.

    Experience the transformation from a business plagued by frequent system failures to a business at the forefront of future innovation.

    Reduced Downtime Risk

    Moving the aging hardware from the picture enables you to enjoy absolute peace of mind as system failure and downtime will become a rare phenomenon. Further, the modern Azure infrastructure makes your legacy workloads run more reliably than ever.

    Cost Savings

    With the lift and shift emulation, you can reduce costs significantly by removing the aging hardware. Additionally, Azure’s scalable platform (with a “pay as you go” model) gives you the flexibility to pay according to your needs.

    Zero Maintenance Hassle

    Forget the headaches of maintaining old hardware! There is no need to look for scarce spare parts, find engineers who know the hardware or pay a higher power consumption bill. Let your business focus on what really matters.

    Opportunity Cost

    Did you even recognize this? After removing the PA-RISC hardware from the software, the expenses associated with the legacy hardware have been eliminated. As a result, you can now allocate this saved money to other important aspects of your business that have long required your attention.

    Smooth Transition

    The seamless process makes it easy to move your HP-UX applications to Azure without changing how they work. Therefore, your legacy applications can still perform mission-critical tasks without the need for costly and time-consuming porting.

    Top-Notch Security

    With Azure, you get advanced threat detection and top-tier compliance. This way, moving your HP-UX workloads to Azure provides advanced security for your data and applications.

    Reliable Disaster Recovery

    Your data is safe. Azure’s disaster recovery solutions and high availability features keep your operations running, even during unexpected events.

    A Future-Proof Solution

    Your business can prepare for future advancements, as there is no need to force your IT team to look backward. Moving to Azure prepares your business to adopt cloud innovations easily.

    What is HP-UX Lift and Shift Migration?

    In simple terms, it is the process of lifting your current HP-UX workload from legacy hardware and shifting it to the Azure cloud platform without making any changes to the existing application.

    Unlike HP-UX migration, with lift and shift, your business applications’ functionalities remain unchanged. Best part? Not only does this mitigate the risk of legacy hardware, but it also makes the infrastructure more efficient with Azure.

    Imagine moving houses: your old home (HP-UX applications on outdated hardware) has many memories (functionalities) that you cherish. But the building is old and risky to stay in. Now, you’ve decided to move to a new, modern home (Azure cloud platform). The process of moving (HP-UX Lift and Shift Migration on Azure) involves packing all your belongings (applications) carefully so they are not damaged (not changing functionalities) and transporting them to your new home, where they will be placed to best use the new space’s advantages (benefits of modern cloud infrastructure).

    Just like how moving homes allows you to enjoy a better living environment while keeping your valued possessions…

    …this lift-and-shift migration process lets you retain your application functionalities in a more efficient and scalable Azure cloud environment.

    Here’s a Breakdown of What it Involves:

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    1. Running Legacy Applications As if It’s Running on The Older Hardware
    Instead of rewriting or extensively modifying your HP-UX applications, you move them ‘as-it-is’ to Azure. No changes to the application, database and the legacy application. Only the underlying obsolete hardware has been replaced. This minimizes disruption and reduces the complexity of the migration process.

    2. Installing Charon-PAR Emulator
    The Charon-PAR emulator by Stromasys plays a key role. It mimics the old hardware environment so that your HP-UX applications can run on modern Azure infrastructure without any changes to the software. The emulator software creates a virtual hardware environment so that the legacy software can run as if it’s running on the older hardware.

    3. Leveraging Azure’s Infrastructure
    Once on Azure, your applications benefit from the cloud’s robust infrastructure. This includes enhanced security, scalability, and high availability – which are not easily achievable with legacy hardware.

    4. Maintaining Your Legacy
    Unlike application rewriting, with lift and shift emulation, your business operations continue smoothly. Your applications function just as they did before, but now, with the added reliability and performance of Azure’s cloud platform – you enjoy the best of both worlds.

    So, How Can Stromasys Help You?

    As a Microsoft partner, our engineers work closely with their team to create tailor-made architecture for your modernization journey. Here is how the process works:

    • Stromasys’ Charon-PAR emulator enables the migration of HP-UX on PA-RISC to Azure without requiring any application changes.
    • The emulator runs on Linux VMs, providing a stable HP-UX environment.
    • Critical HP-UX applications can run unchanged in the emulated environment.
    • Azure provides networking and storage options for the HP-UX VMs.
    • Moving to the cloud reduces the costs of maintaining legacy PA-RISC hardware.
    • The emulator provides a long-term solution, eliminating hardware replacement.
    • Ultimately, you can experience the same interface as the original PA-RISC hardware and still enjoy the benefits of the new infrastructure.

    Is your business growing because of outdated infrastructure? Don’t wait too long before it’s too late. Don’t hesitate to ask our experts your questions. Book a demo call with our experts and ask the most pressing questions you can think of.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. What are HP-UX systems?

    HP-UX OS is a Unix-based operating system created by Hewlett-Packard (HP). It was first released in 1984 and built on the foundation of UNIX System V Release 4. Initially, HP-UX was developed for HP’s unique Integral PC but later transitioned to support the company’s 9000 series business servers.

    2. Does HP-UX Still exist?

    Yes, HP-UX is still being used to support legacy applications by companies that rely on these specific applications to perform business-critical tasks.

    3. Why should I migrate HP-UX workloads to Azure?

    Azure’s scalability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency make it a great choice for running HP-UX workloads. It also helps you maintain legacy applications without major modifications. As a result, your IT infrastructure can be modernized while still keeping your business applications running.

    4. How can I ensure a smooth HP-UX migration to Azure?

    To ensure a smooth migration:

    • Assessment: Evaluate your current HP-UX setup and identify dependencies.
    • Planning: Create a detailed migration plan with clear timelines and resources.
    • Testing: Conduct thorough testing in a staging environment to catch and resolve issues.
    • Execution: Migrate during planned downtime to minimize business disruption.
    • Optimization: Post-migration, fine-tune your applications for better performance and cost-effectiveness.

    5. Is Lift and Shift Right for You?

    It is an ideal solution if you want to reduce the cost of on-premises infrastructure or if your data center lease expires. It’s also great for mitigating security risks that are linked to outdated technology without overhauling the entire application. In addition, it keeps your essential applications running smoothly, modernizes your IT setup, and allows you to take advantage of cloud-based services.