How to Identify the Best Applications for your Converged Infrastructure [Infographic]

Chip Kalfaian By Chip Kalfaian Global Discipline Lead – Application Profiling, Dell Technologies Consulting Services July 25, 2017

There are two common issues that customers have to deal with after they decide on a converged infrastructure. One is to decide which applications to move to the new environment to get the most of their investment. The second is dealing with the long, drawn-out process that typical consultants, or their internal staff, have to go through to identify the right apps for converged infrastructure.

So you have your shiny, new converged infrastructure, now what?

You need to decide which applications will benefit the most from your new converged infrastructure. You probably don’t have any cycles to free up to do the long, manual analysis, so you ask the major consultants in the market for help. They come back to you with this big ticket proposal that is projected to take months. You can’t wait that long…you need to show some quick wins with associated ROI!

An Automated Option

You hear about this automated option that allows you to quickly identify the applications that are best suited for your converged infrastructure. You figure this is a typical marketing hype with lots of promises and little in the way of meaningful results. How can Dell EMC do this in a matter of weeks when everyone else, including your own internal IT team tells you that it will take months? You are skeptical.

The Methodology

Using proprietary automated tool, Dell EMC can perform the application profiling needed to identify the applications for your converged infrastructure. How do we begin? We start with the business classification where we ensure that applications are mapped to business activities in the value chain. We then leverage our rules engine to perform an application disposition where we identify the applications suited for modernization, migration, retiring or even simply retention. We then determine cloud sustainability and even whether a public or private cloud is the best model; we perform a cloud native assessment using non-intrusive data collection process to measure readiness for cloud native modernization. This is followed by a financial analysis to develop a comprehensive TCO understanding. Then application dependency analysis is completed, leveraging data from a variety of collectors to understand application to application dependencies to reduce rick associated with and moves or migrations by ensuring nothing gets broken along the way. Finally, a business case is generated where we provide the road map of which applications are best suited for converged infrastructure or other targets.


In a matter of weeks, using a quarter of the resources others would need, you can unlock the business value of your converged infrastructure by optimizing your applications to maximize your return on investment and effectively grow your business.


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Chip Kalfaian

About Chip Kalfaian

Global Discipline Lead – Application Profiling, Dell Technologies Consulting Services

Chip Kalfaian has 30+ years of hands-on application development and IT leadership experience. Here at Dell Technologies, he leads the Application Portfolio Optimization practice globally and is responsible for developing solutions. Chip focuses on designing solutions that enable customers to decrease the cost and complexity associated with legacy portfolios, while increasing speed and agility in order to enable the business. He believes the challenge of portfolio modernization is to look for small, impactful wins in the near term, while implementing longer-term strategic transformation. Deployment methods draw from processes and technologies that enable rapid assessment of applications and infrastructure and that are implemented through short iterations. This is all harnessed to drive positive business results faster.

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2 thoughts on “How to Identify the Best Applications for your Converged Infrastructure [Infographic]

  1. During one of my training courses with Dell EMC, there were discussions of different tools, namely Adaptivity and Stratozone, that appeared to do similar things. Can you comment on the pros/cons of these different tools, and why you use multiple tools?

    • Thanks Warren! No shortage of tools at play – but as is often the case the devil is in the detail. First of all, the tool primarily referenced in the article above is Adaptivity. And you are spot on that another tool, Stratozone, offers some overlapping services. Here is how I differentiate them so that it is clear in my mind:
      • If you’re trying to determine what to do with applications in your portfolio and need to assess at the strategic, functional, technical and TCO levels, then our Profiling services – enabled by Adaptivity – are the way to go. And the key differentiator is that Adaptivity is measuring the level to which the application serves/impacts/adds value to the business.
      • If you’re set on moving workloads to the cloud and you have a pretty good idea of which clouds you are targeting, then Stratozone may do everything you need. And by everything I mean soup to nuts discovery of app dependencies, workload suitability, costing, packaging (wave planning) and orchestration of rehosting/replatforming activities.

      So, in summary, for application portfolio analysis use Adaptivity – to optimize your application portfolio and also identify where investment in modernization is best warranted. For rehosting workloads use Stratozone – to lower cost or better optimize platforms.