Blog6 Benefits to Managing Application Lifecycles and Infrastructure Roadmaps


Core applications may have a life cycle of over 20 years while infrastructures may need to be replaced every 5 years. But it’s the adoption, flexibility, and agility of the infrastructure that often determines applications’ lifecycles. Together, application lifecycles and infrastructure roadmaps need to align with the overall business application strategy.

Application mapping, or AppMap as we call it, is an ASG Consulting Services engagement that identifies, documents, and analyzes critical business services and applications—as well as their infrastructure roadmaps and dependencies—and then systemically evaluates them against your business requirements.

With AppMap, you can:

  1. Easily move and re-platform applications, systems, networks, and storage together—providing a completely documented process for a flawless data center move
  2. Standardize the IT environment while addressing the application availability and performance requirements and improving operational efficiency, without adding costs
  3. Shorten IT problem diagnosis, decision making, and risks associated with implementing enterprise architecture initiatives by having better IT visibility across the infrastructure
  4. Have an accurate inventory of the infrastructure and be able to identify critical application availability requirements, the physical and logical application dependencies, and how to size the infrastructure for virtualized IT workloads lowering license costs, power, cooling, and space requirements
  5. Increase asset utilization by having an optimized virtual infrastructure through better workload placement.
  6. Increase return on IT investments by more closely aligning them with business needs, providing a clear roadmap for application cloud on-ramping and creating the ability to benefit from other technology innovations

To ensure that IT is effectively supporting business demand, IT must understand the relationships among business services and their underlying IT applications and infrastructure that support them. It’s also important to understand and define the policies, deployment blueprints, user relationships, service KPIs, and service level targets that are associated with these business services. This understanding gives IT the insight to effectively manage the entire application lifecycle and infrastructure roadmaps, and to focus on those issues that have high business impact.

About the Author

Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist

Throughout his twenty-five year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist at ASG, Dustin uses his advanced understanding of cloud compute models to help customers develop and align their cloud strategies with their business objectives. His master-level engineering knowledge spans storage, systems, and networking.