How an Optimization and Licensing Assessment Works
An OLA is an advisory service funded by AWS and provided by SoftwareOne that assesses your current on-premises (and cloud, if you have any) environments. It identifies how your organization uses resources in real life, determines what your existing licensing costs are and then looks for ways to optimize all of that in the AWS Cloud. Those findings can help you to build a business case for an AWS migration and licensing strategy.
We begin the OLA using discovery tools that automatically collect usage information about each server in your on-premises data center. This information can include everything from host names, IP addresses and operating systems to how much CPU, RAM and storage is provisioned and consumed.
The OLA also determines whether you qualify for the AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP). Through this, AWS provides you with funding, tools and other resources to support your modernization efforts and journey into the cloud.
After our assessment, we create a report that models your different deployment options based on your existing licensing. This will show, for example, where you might be able to use the AWS BYOL (bring your own license) program, and how our flexible licensing options can help to reduce your costs. We also provide 1-, 3-, or 5-year estimates for your total cost of ownership. These estimates consider, among other things, how right-sizing your consumption habits and eliminating zombie resources can bring down expenses considerably.
Typically, we can complete an OLA within 30 days. After that, we’re ready to answer any questions and help you decide the best way forward.