RISC Networks CloudScape [EOL] Review

From a portfolio perspective, it has allowed us to validate what servers and applications we have

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is migrating the existing work load. Therefore, we use it to analyze our application portfolio for migrating us to AWS.

How has it helped my organization?

It identified integrations between applications that we didn't know about. It saved us a lot of hassle from that perspective, because we knew about them upfront. As opposed to migrating the applications, then finding out the integrated applications either had to be rolled back or would need some extra work.

What is most valuable?

  • It gives us extra visibility that we didn't already have around how our applications are integrated with one another. 
  • From a portfolio perspective, it has allowed us to validate what servers and applications we have. 
  • It has helped us with our migration exercises.

What needs improvement?

It seemed to take a relatively long time to implement, which surprised me. I thought it would be quicker. 

The initial deployment and installation does require skilled resources. I was hoping it would be easier to do, and that some of our own team could do it, but we had to engage some professional services team members to do it for us. We would have liked to have done the initial deployment and installation in-house.

While it worked well for our use case, I get the impression that it doesn't support every workload. If people are using other platforms, they might not integrate as well into this solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Sometimes it can be a bit slow, but overall, it works pretty well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is easy to scale. 

How is customer service and technical support?

I haven't used the technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The integration and configuration through the AWS environment was a bit difficult.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are using the paid version of the product, which we purchased on the AWS Marketplace. We just put it on the local CIOs credit card. That was the easiest way for us to do it, and we wanted to get it up and running quickly. So, we put it down as a regular working operating expense.

It is expensive, but we can justify it. It would definitely be an expensive option in night time to run it continually. We decided to make a purchase just to help us with this migration. However, in the long-term, I don't know if we'll use it because of the cost.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The product was recommended by AWS, so we went with it and didn't do much of a pre-evaluation. We decided to try it and see how it worked out.

I would recommend to others to look around at other options as well to do a comparison. That is something we obviously didn't do.

What other advice do I have?

We are very happy with it.

It integrates well with a lot of Microsoft and Oracle applications along with Microsoft and Linux workloads. It is also running on some IBM workloads as well.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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