Skytap on Azure

We design, build and migrate your AIX & IBM i workloads to Skytap on Azure with optional ongoing cloud managed services

Build

We design & build a highly available Skytap on Azure infrastructure for your workloads

Effective

Planning live & non-live migrations to ensure effiicient and Effective migrations minimising downtime

Secure

Cyber Essentials certification and ISO27001 Information Security Management

Support

We build monitoring & backup services for your Skytap on Azure workloads and provide ongoing cloud managed service

L3C Skytap on Azure Migration Experts

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Migration / Infrastructure Pricing

L3C Migration Services are fixed price per LPAR, contact us for more information and to discuss further

Skytap on Azure infrastructure is purchased directly from Microsoft Azure, contact us and we can provide a full quote for your infrastructure and migration services.

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    L3C services on Skytap

    Current Analysis

    Create a comprehensive view of environment

    Build a complete view on the environments to be migrated in order to avoid pitfalls during migration. Encompasses on-site configurations and Azure footprint. L3C will analyse the current:
    • State of resources within the LPARs – CPU, RAM, disk
    • License state on the LPARs
    • Network configurations – including subnets, IPs, DNS
    • Access to Azure Native (if any)
    • High-availability and disaster recovery
    • Monitoring solution
    • Backup solution
    • Authentication approaches
    Design

    Design entire Skytap landing zone

    Create a holistic design of the Skytap landing zones including its relation and reference to Azure parts. Consists of two main parts – high-level and low-level design.  Designs will include:
    • Regions in Skytap mapping to regions in Azure
    • Resources in Skytap mapping to current analysis
    • Security architecture
    • Network design
    • Interconnectivity to Azure and on-site offices/data centres
    • Monitoring – including integration into Azure Monitor
    • Backup – CommVault or existing tools into Azure Blob
    • Disaster recovery – template copy, application syncs, backup replications
    Implementation

    Implement Skytap environment

    Implement entire Skytap landing zone including interconnecitivty to Azure and on-site users. Integrate tools for monitoring of AIX and IBMi into Azure Monitor. Implementations are divided into:
    • Creating Skytap access
    • Building Skytap environments, LPAR profiles
    • Creating subnets, ICNRs, securing Internet connection
    • Building WANs to Azure/on-site - ExpressRoute or S2S
    • Preparing for HA and DR
    • Setting up monitoring integration into Azure
    • Setting up backup environment and integration into Azure
    • Documenting landzone
    Migration

    Migrate existing workloads

    L3C will migrate existing workloads including IBMi, AIX, Oracle, DB2 and others. Existing customer tools can be incorporated during migration - Oracle DG, Mimix, etc. Migrations specifics:
    • Application dependencies
    • Tooling depends on approach - Oracle DG, Mimix, etc.
    • Downtime windows agreed upon business continutiy targets
    • Connectivity and latency tests to assure bandwith planning
    • Ship of data, switchovers, subsequent testing
    • Test of backup/restore, HA, DR
    • Intregation into existing service management tools
    Support

    Support of Skytap, AIX, IBMi, Applications

    L3C can provide comprehensive supoport with focus on AIX, IBMi, Oracle, Progress and CommVault environments. Included tools to monitor and orchestrate your environments in Skytap. Support details:
    • Agreeable SLAs
    • Flexible, direct communication approach
    • Fast resolution times
    • Dedicated account contact
    • Proactive actions including capacity management
    • Regular HA, DR and restore tests
    • Intergation into existing ticketing systems
    • Support of related documentation
    Our answers to your queries

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. 1
      How do I get an accurate price for my environment?

      Please submit a form or email us with more details about your environment and a contact number so we can discuss with you directly. You won’t be called by a sales person, it will just be to verify the technical environment and commercial constraints.

    2. 2
      Are there any additional costs on Skytap?

      Besides the actual costs of the LPAR resources in Skytap, we also help you size any costs related to Azure Native. These might include:

      • Intel-based instances
      • Azure Monitor charges (very few)
      • Azure Blob charges for backup
      • Network charges for interconnectivity - Azure VPN / ExpressRoute Gateway, Azure Route Server, etc.
    3. 3
      What connectivity is supported for the LPARs?

      By default dynamic VPN connectivity is included in the service for usage. We also offer:

      1. Site-to-site VPN connectivity
      2. Dedicated ExpressRoute and Private Network Connection to Azure/Skytap
      3. Secure public access if required
    4. 4
      Is there are way to predict latency?

      Within a deal we will provide general guidance from experience. We also provide a service that will include testing bandwith and latency accross different services in Skytap and Azure Native, helping you choose the optimal one for you. This will include setting up S2S tunnels, VNET2VNET connections, ExpressRoute, etc. Latency is tested in both sides and output documentation is provided.

    5. 5
      Are the LPARs protected by high-availability?

      We help design the environment with a high available physical nodes design. Also options are provided for configuration and support of PowerHA/HACMP implementations.

    6. 6
      How is the pricing structured?

      We can offer a migration price per LPAR, which is one-time charge. Support, monitoring and backup are priced monthly per LPAR, which gives flexibility up and down over time as workloads are increased or decommissioned. Alternatively we can provide a fixed monthly charge. There are no hidden costs with our service and we do not charge annual price increases in committed term agreements.

    7. 7
      What Versions of OS are supported?

      We support starting from AIX 5.2, 5.3 (within WPARs) to latest AIX 7.2 (future AIX 7.3). Some features may be limited to older versions of AIX operating systems, which is purely a limitation of the AIX itself. Additionally, Skytap currently supports the following IBM i versions: 7.2 TR9, 7.3 TR5 and 7.4.

    8. 8
      How can we do migration?

      We can set up the environment and transfer to you for migration or you can take an offer from us for a complete migration of your service to Skytap on Azure. Different approaches can be used in the latter option including appliances on-site, backup replication, mksysb shipping, BRMS, etc.

    9. 9
      Can we test?

      Yes, you can start small with a test environment in order to evaluate how a cloud service works within your organisation and integrates with your overall operation.

    10. 10
      Can there be a DR in a second data center?

      Yes, Skytap on Azure offers data centers either in the UK or EU depending on your preference. Disaster Recovery can be implemented with a number of approaches and RPO and RTO are to fully cover your specific needs.

    11. 11
      Can we have two data centers in UK?

      Yes, Skytap now offers a second region called London-M2, again part of Azure's UK-South region. Currently, the datacenter is provided upon request for highly regulated customers. During a project we will handle this communication for you.

    12. 12
      What is the security?

      ‘L3C has ISO and UK Cyber Essentials certifications. Please visit our certifications page for more information.

      Skytap on Azure is provided from infrastructure within Microsoft Azure datacentres worldwide. Please contact us for more information related to Skytap on Azure security.

    13. 13
      Can we do backup in Skytap?

      Skytap does not offer a native solution for backup like you would have with Azure Backup for instance. Within the integration and migration projects we build and configure backup environments mostly based on CommVault, but very often on tools provided by the customers - BRMS, etc. We also perform intergation into Azure Blob to reduce price for storing backup.

    14. 14
      Can we do monitoring in Skytap?

      Skytap does not offer a native solution for monitoring like you would have with Azure Monitor for instance. Within the integration and migration projects we provide an application that integrates AIX and IBMi monitoring into Azure Monitor for a centralized view of all your resources within Azure.

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