Cloud-Facing Legacy Apps
In this scenario, there is an intermediate step that we have used with several of our clients. A tool like VMware Horizon or Microsoft RDS can ‘stream’ the app from an infrastructure platform to end-users, which makes it cloud-facing, or cloud-like, but without touching the application’s source code.
This makes it easier for end-users to access applications from any location and on multiple devices, providing a more flexible experience than with a VPN. It will be the same old app that works in exactly the same way, but at least it is now hosted in the cloud.
Using this solution, one of our Financial Services clients provided a cloud-like solution that kept customers happy so they could then rewrite the entire app. It bought them time, a quick win if you like, during a wider transformation project.
With Horizon in place, they could build a new version of the application. Once ready, we helped them containerise it, built a Kubernetes platform to host it and also delivered a CI/CD pipeline that sped up their development lifecycle. But it all started with streaming the app from VMware Horizon.