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Workload Migration for the Cloud

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IBM Senior Software Engineer Alexander Amies and IBM Technical Solution Architect Nathan Gibbs discuss various aspects of workload migration and share some case studies that reveal techniques for such migrations. One of the architects of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise platform, Alex is a co-author of Developing and Hosting Applications on the Cloud.
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In this article, we describe workload migration, including migration best practices, kinds of applications, and challenges; migrating data; and tools for workload migration. We also provide steps for case studies that illustrate the use of concrete techniques: migrating a WebSphere application with wsadmin and Domain Name Service (DNS), synchronizing files for a database application with rsync, migrating with WebSphere profiles and administration scripting, and X.509 certificate management. The target audience for this article is developers, system administrators, and application owners.

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