Cloud: Italtel’s Fast-Shift solution available on Azure Marketplace

Fast-Shift was developed by Italtel together with Microsoft and Cisco to make it faster to selectively migrate applications into the Azure cloud while preserving reachability.

Milan, October 5, 2023Italtel, a multinational Information & Communication Technology company, announces that its Fast-Shift cloud migration solution, developed together with Microsoft and Cisco, is now available on Azure Marketplace to offer small and medium-sized businesses a viable way to speed and simplify application migration to the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

Within Azure Marketplace Fast-Shift is offered as a managed service and offers users the opportunity to get in direct contact with Italtel to request further information regarding deployment arrangements, pricing or initiate direct communication in order to evaluate, as needed, a customized migration plan.

Fast-Shift solves networking and IP addressing issues in application migration processes from local data centers to environments on Microsoft Azure Cloud. Italtel has contributed to the creation of this solution by providing its software development capability. This capability has been used to solve the need to adapt enterprise IT networking to the networking of public cloud environments.

We have adopted a new model of selling Fast-Shift through the Azure marketplace to intercept quickly and effectively the needs of enterprises, particularly medium-sized and small ones, which have chosen the hybrid cloud model, says Camillo Ascione, Italtel Chief Partnership & Technology and Officer. Fast-Shift addresses their needs because it is designed to securely migrate those applications that have a dependency on or must submit to compliance requirements from specific IP addresses. This solution is an enabler for both thoughtfully approaching a hybrid cloud model and migrating workloads without any constraints of network or application redesign. Working with two strategic partners such as Cisco and Microsoft, which has recently opened the Italian Cloud Region, gives us the opportunity to reach a much larger market with our solution”.

“Our goal with Microsoft Azure is to accompany companies quickly, securely and with little risk in their cloud migration processes. A solution like Fast-Shift can help in the many different projects we are implementing”, says Roberto Filipelli, Microsoft Go To Market Lead Azure for Italy. “In this context, our partner ecosystem is crucial, and Italtel’s extensive expertise in networking infrastructure and software development provides dedicated solutions and expertise to accelerate and simplify the migration to the cloud”.

“The network is increasingly relevant to enabling the Cloud, in all its forms: private, public, but increasingly hybrid and multi-cloud”, comments Fabrizio Gergely, Cisco Italy Architecture Sales Leader. With Italtel’s software expertise and system integration capabilities, along with technology solutions from Cisco and Microsoft, Fast-Shift simplifies and accelerates the process of migrating to the Cloud. We also believe that the availability of Fast-Shift in Microsoft’s Marketplace represents a great opportunity to simplify market adoption of innovative solutions”.

Fast-Shift makes it possible to extend one or more local subnets in the enterprise data center to the Azure Cloud and allows applications to interoperate on the same networks, even when they are allocated in different physical locations. The benefits are immediate in terms of:

– Maintain unchanged IP addresses and network parameter configuration for applications migrated to Azure Cloud, even in case of obsolete applications that are no longer supported or when there is a wired IP address within the application itself.

– Accelerate migration time without changing application code and current network infrastructure.

– Selectively and gradually migrate applications, while still preserving their reachability, avoiding the need for massive migration to the Cloud.

– Connection to backup services for disaster recovery.

– if adopted to migrate Windows and SQL servers to AZURE in EOS (End Of Support) the Fast Shift solution, will bring, as an additional benefit, the activation of additional support as well as the ability to perform free security updates.

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