data foundation ISV solution

Case: How partners and customers develop data-driven ISV solutions with Mugato | The collab between Atea & Jammerbugt Municipality

CASE

How partners and customers develop data-driven ISV solutions with Mugato

The collab between Atea & Jammerbugt Municipality


As a partner, you can can catch opportunities with end customers, apply your domain knowledge, and design services based on the data foundation provided by Mugato.

Here's a recent example of a partner that built an ISV solution with the data foundation from Mugato

Mugato recently partnered with Atea, the market leader in IT infrastructure and system integration for private and public sectors in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

We collaborate with several partners, but Atea has been particularly good at operationalizing the data foundation from Mugato in ISV solutions.

 

A year ago, we entered together into a project for Jammerbugt Municipality. A project with the overall goal to optimize their resource utilization and reduce licenses.

 

Within months of starting the optimization project, the results were pretty neat. Masses of data and competent consultants who analyzed it on point for actionable insights.

And because Atea and Jammerbugt collaborated with data from Mugato, they were able to do more than the initial analysis of the data fundament.

 

Mugato provides a collaborative platform that enables customers to work with partners on shared data in an efficient way.

 

In this case, Atea and Jammerbugt worked with a shared data foundation, which enabled them to identify the need for an additional tool to execute the optimization within their infrastructure.

 

This provided an opportunity for Atea, who caught the ball and developed a service specifically for Jammerbugt’s needs. So Atea built an ISV solution for rightsizing on-prem IT in VMware environments with the data foundation provided by Mugato. The same data foundation that they already shared, and still share, with real-time updated data.

This allowed Atea to catch an opportunity that arose from the data foundation provided when Mugato was already running in Jammerbugt's environment.

Within 12 months:

  • Start of the partnership: Mugato x Atea
  • Entrée with the end customer, Jammerbugt Municipality
  • End customers get access to their data
  • From that data, end customer gets insights that make them reflect on their needs
  • End customer asks partner for a service to cover that need
  • Partner builds service layer on top of Mugato’s data foundation
  • Partner delivers a specialized service for the end customer

Rightsizing on-prem IT in VMware environments with a collaborative platform

Technically, Mugato provides the partner with an API with the processed data, which means that there is no need for the partner to have deep knowledge about the underlying calculations. They are simply served this processed data through Mugato.

 

So the partner develops a solution, instruments it with data, and displays a dynamic model. In this case, the solution helps define which machines should be resized.

 

Mugato always serves a range of data on server load. In the solution developed here, Atea and Jammerbugt look at factors like percentile load and use that data to decide whether servers should be resized.

 

Because the model is a dynamic data visualization, Jammerbugt’s IT workers can tag individual servers to mark whether they should be included in the rightsizing project. So the partners are easily informed of what to include and what they should keep their hands off.

 

This is an efficient way to collaborate. It allows the IT department to review their infrastructure and provide input with their knowledge about the organization’s IT. Directly. No extensive mail correspondences back and forth.

Customer insights breed partner opportunities

The collaborative platform enables customers and partners to access a shared data foundation, identify problems or opportunities, and turn those observations into concrete projects.

We see that it’s a strength for the partner to have a strong data foundation with insights into the customer’s infrastructure.

And we see that customers benefit from drawing in the partner’s domain knowledge on specific use cases to get ISV solutions like this developed by partners.

Mugato’s service gives the customers a strong insight into their setup. So strong that they can identify opportunities themselves.

And because our partners are close to the Mugato service and close to the customers, they can convey such an opportunity. Without much effort.

 

The partner already has access to this data foundation, so they can just pull the data that Mugato already delivers. From that data foundation, they can do precise calculations on real-time data with the customer. Based on that, the partner can develop a service that mirrors their domain knowledge.

 

In this case, the partner built a dynamic model that the end customer can interact with, so they can tag which servers should be included in this particular optimization project.

 

But this is not just an ad hoc service limited to the project. It’s a service that can run continuously with the end customer. This means that the partners further benefit from this in that they can apply their methods to his data, and display it in an effective way, which they can deliver as an ongoing service to the customer.

 

All based on the existing data foundation, they already have access to.

Go beyond generic. Offer your customers something special.

Since the data foundation from Mugato is already present and always updated with real-time data about the customer’s infrastructure, it gives both customer and partner a unique insight into the IT environment that they are collaborating on.

 

And because Mugato functions as a collaborative data platform, it enables both customers and partners to identify opportunities for concrete projects within this shared data foundation.

 

As a partner, this enables you to develop ISV solutions for specific customers.

With your domain knowledge, you can build services on top of Mugato.

Offer your customers more than ad hoc services.

 

When the customer has Mugato running in their environment, it opens up more business areas for you to collaborate on and enables you to increase the quality of projects and the results gained.

 

You can go beyond generic services and offer your customers something special.


Ambitious enough to create data-driven ISV solutions for your customers? Curious, but not sure you have a use case yet? Let's talk.

get in touch

MUGATO

Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Denmark

CVR 40567852

info@mugato.com
+45 89808881

IT infrastructure service
Microsoft Partner


Automatic inventory mapping

How to prioritize the candidates for your cloud transformation

How to prioritize the candidates for your cloud transformation


“We want to move to the cloud, but we don’t know where to start the cloud transformation.”

Our two main pieces of advice for you: Do an automatic inventory mapping. Know your business applications.

"We want to move to the cloud, but we don’t know where to start the cloud transformation."

What we see with many companies that want to move to the cloud, is that they don’t know what to start with.

 

Simple. But crucial.

 

To prioritize the candidates for your cloud transformation is crucial because it means that you can transform your business applications and servers in the right order. Which in turn means that you can benefit from your cloud journey sooner.

 

For cloud migration – and other digital transformations – there are a few introductory questions that come before the technical discussions.

 

Where is a good place to start?

Where does it hurt the most?

Where will it be most fruitful to make an effort first?

How to prioritize the candidates for a cloud transformation

Do an automatic inventory mapping

To successfully transform, it is vital to know your existing platform in detail.

 

How to get to that level of knowledge?

 

Start with a comprehensive inventory of your digital estate.

 

Don’t fret!

Yes, it used to be a hassle to gain an overview of your IT infrastructure (and frankly impossible to gain a complete overview).

 

But with the advanced algorithms, we sport today, it’s a pretty simple process.

 

An intelligent software will give you a complete inventory mapping of your entire digital estate.

In no time.

Automatically, of course.

 

If you lack insight into what systems and applications are critical and interdependent, it is difficult to make informed decisions about how to prioritize in the cloud migration process.

 

But if you do an automatic inventory mapping of your entire infrastructure, you get a complete overview of all servers, operating systems, and applications.

 

Intelligent services can automatically discover all servers, systems, and applications to provide an exhaustive inventory mapping of connections and interdependencies.

(Full disclaimer: We provide a service that does just that. A pretty good one, if I may say so.)

 

When you gain that overview of your digital estate and insights into the interdependencies within your IT infrastructure, then you can plan your cloud transformation with the right prioritizations.

 

So begin with an automatic inventory mapping.

This is what we consider the first stage of a cloud transformation:

DISCOVER ALL OF YOUR SERVERS, SYSTEMS, AND APPLICATIONS

Make sure to start with a detailed inventory mapping of your existing digital estate. Do an exhaustive, automated inventory mapping of connections and interdependencies. Know exactly what you have, and how it is connected.

Learn more about the stages of a cloud transformation here.

Work with your critical business applications

Do you know how your business-critical applications are connected in your IT infrastructure?

Or are you fiddling with individual servers?

 

We worked to come up with a method that helps you go from a server view to an application view of your IT infrastructure.

 

To allow you to transform applications instead of individual servers.

 

So we have developed a service, that automatically groups business applications in the IT infrastructure.

 

A business application consists of one or more servers that deliver an application.

Examples of business applications are a finance system, a CRM solution, an intranet, or a sales management system.

It can also be of more technical character such as IT system management, patch management, or print servers.

 

Mugato does an advanced analysis of the network traffic between servers, server configuration, and the software installed.

 

Then, the algorithms group the servers based on this information.

 

This enables you to manage the servers in clusters and make decisions based on the context of application interdependencies and system functionality, instead of fiddling around with individual servers.

Mugato gives you an overview of your IT infrastructure, automatically creates a logical grouping of business applications, and visualizes how they are connected within your IT infrastructure.

For planning a digital transformation process, this means that instead of looking at, let’s say, 800 servers, you are looking at 800 servers modeled into 87 business interdependencies.

 

So instead of juggling hundreds of servers, your task becomes finding out what business application clusters are most critical to transform.

 

With this method, you simplify the transformation drastically, by boiling your entire infrastructure down to the systems and applications present.

 

Figure out what systems you need to prioritize in your cloud transformation plan.

 

Go from hundreds of servers to the two applications, you should start with.

Also. We recommend that the first step of your cloud transformation journey is rightsizing. Read more about that here.

For your cloud transformation to be successful, you need to know your existing digital estate, so you can plan your transformation with the right prioritizations.

In Mugato, we help you with just that.

Reach out for a talk about how we can support your cloud transformation.

MUGATO

Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Denmark

CVR 40567852

info@mugato.com
+45 89808881

IT infrastructure service
Microsoft Partner


Cloud transformation rightsizing

The first step of your cloud transformation journey? Rightsizing.

The first step of your cloud transformation journey? Rightsizing.


Why is rightsizing a clever first step?

Rightsizing isn’t a cloud-specific activity, but a cloud migration lends itself very well to rightsizing.

A cloud transformation can motivate a rightsizing process.

 

What’s the motivation?

 

One.

(The obvious one.)

Because cloud is pay-as-you-go, being rightsized is key for keeping your costs clear-cut.

 

Two.

(The uncomfortable surprise, that you want to avoid.)

If you move your IT to the cloud with its current configurations, without giving a thought to rightsizing, your costs in the cloud will likely skyrocket.

 

On the other hand, if your environment is rightsized before you move it to the cloud, you will only pay for what you need. From the very beginning.

Rightsize to ensure your capacity fit

Our partners, who facilitate digital transformations in large organizations, agree that there is a shiny opportunity for rightsizing when entering into a digital transformation.

At that time, you are already doing focused work on the nitty-gritty of your infrastructure, so the option to rightsize while you’re at it might seem obvious.

 

For some, it’s a no-brainer to include this activity, because they already have a practice of continuous rightsizing. But to be honest, we rarely see that.

Most organizations have a (scarily) laissez-faire approach to their capacity fit. If you are in an organization like most, you are overprovisioning immensely.

That means you’ll be paying for capacity that you don’t need.

In the cloud, those unnecessary costs can be severe.

 

Most who choose to include rightsizing as a preliminary activity of a digital transformation, experience a visible impact on the transformation that follows and how it lands. Proper preparation is the key to a successful transformation.

 

If you rightsize when you enter into a cloud transformation, you can ensure your capacity fit from the very beginning.

And then, stay rightsized

That being said, rightsizing is not a one-hit discipline.

Staying rightsized can be a continuous activity.

 

You might want to keep an eye on your capacity fit.

Perhaps introduce capacity management as a continuous part of finOps.

(Cloud finOps, if you’re into the lingo.)

 

Worried that this will be another reoccurring resource-heavy activity on your table?

 

Automate the process.

 

Choose a service that does ongoing automatic monitoring of your IT environment.

Intelligent services can help you stay updated on your capacity and resource utilization.

 

Ensure your capacity fit on an ongoing basis.

Then you can sleep tight knowing that your cloud costs won’t run wild.

We developed a solution for you to better calculate the potential for rightsizing in your infrastructure

We provide a (pretty clever) service that supports you in all of the above.

 

This solution provides actionable data for your rightsizing process and helps you ensure your capacity fit in the future.

 

Here are two approaches to rightsizing based on functionality/features we provide with Mugato:

Server Network Capacity Resources Chart

Consider resource utilization

This is a resource utilization bubble chart.

It visualizes the servers in your IT infrastructure based on resource utilization.

What you see here, is that a few databases do use a lot of resources.

It (obviously) makes sense to allocate a lot of resources to those.

 

But what we also see, is that the majority are tiny machines.

That’s the multitude of little light blue bubbles on the left (in the last part of the animation, that is.)

These are probably worth consolidating.

 

Simple as that.

CPU Memory Utilization

Look at compute peaks

This visualization (top graph) is an overview of CPU utilization.

This data visualization shows you where there is an opportunity to cut allocated CPU on a large scale, and where you should turn the knobs on individual servers.

 

A way for you to see the actual utilization on your servers, and what you can rightsize without losing on performance.

 

If you want to be precise, consider the percentile.

What has the peak been for 95% of server lifetime?

What has the peak been for 99% of server lifetime?

 

For instance, the servers represented by the top spikes can be sized roughly after the 99 percentile. But on the bottom of the same line, you see quite a lot of servers, that don’t even get a spike on that graph. They simply use very little of the allocated CPU.

 

When you look at that bottom line, it’s pretty remarkable how much you can rightsize.

Without losing performance.

 

A data visualization like this can help you find a better balance between performance and utilization, so you don’t overprovision.


Curious to see the potential for rightsizing in your infrastructure? Mugato can show you.

MUGATO

Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Denmark

CVR 40567852

info@mugato.com
+45 89808881

IT infrastructure service
Microsoft Partner


Cloud Transformation Challenges

Cloud migration challenges

Cloud migration challenges – and one thing, you shouldn't underestimate


Two challenges with a conventional cloud migration. And how to overcome them by doing something else. Because you’re smart like that.

The decision is cemented. You’re moving to the cloud.

 

And although it might feel like a relief (after all, the decision process has been long, and changing your old ways to dive into new technologies seems sexy), that fluffy feeling of ease will soon be gone.

 

Once a cloud migration is on the drawing board, challenges appear.

 

By the end of this page, you’ll have an idea about the most common challenges that we hear people struggle with, in a conventional cloud migration. And approaches to solve them. So you don’t have to take a whack-a-mole approach to your cloud transformation but can tackle these challenges in advance.

 

Here are the two overarching challenges that we hear our customers struggle with when they dive headfirst into a cloud migration:

1. You have to make decisions with limited information available

This is the problem in short:

Insufficient information.

That’s it.

 

For most organizations, that’s the overarching issue:

Insufficient information about the digital estate.

Without the right information about your current IT, you can’t make informed decisions about your future IT.

 

If you lack insight into what systems and applications are critical and interdependent, it is difficult to make informed decisions about how to prioritize in the cloud migration process.

 

So how will you plan and prioritize your cloud transformation?

 

Guesswork?

Freestyle?

Roll the dice?

 

The reason that most organizations don’t have that information?

That they don’t know what systems are critical? Which applications are interdependent?

 

They’ve lost the overview of their IT.

 

Getting that overview of your IT back is key.

 

And it’s a lot more simple than it sounds.

 

Today, a good software service can provide you with a complete inventory mapping of your entire digital estate.

 

In no time.

Automatically, of course.

 

For your cloud transformation to be successful, it is important to truly understand your existing digital estate and the interdependencies within your digital landscape.

 

So get that overview. Do a detailed inventory of the existing digital estate before planning the cloud migration. Gain an understanding of your business applications and their interconnections.

Server Network Automatic inventory

A few services even give you algorithmic advice with precise recommendations for planning the cloud migration. (Full disclaimer: We provide one of those. A highly effective one, even.)

 

When you have the right information about your digital estate.

When you’ve gained insight into the interdependencies within your IT infrastructure.

Then you can plan your cloud transformation with the right prioritizations.

 

Read more about the stages of a cloud migration here.

2. You can't calculate cloud pricing. At least not accurately.

“We need an accurate calculation of cloud capacity.”

 

Of course, you do.

 

But the calculation is complex. There are many factors to consider.

 

Details on capacity and resource utilization in your digital estate. Unclear benefits of the options offered by cloud vendors. Pricing. Licensing.

 

Calculating the capacity needed in the cloud takes expertise.

It also takes insight into the precise details of capacity and resource utilization in your existing digital estate.

 

Companies that try to do the math themselves, often find that their cloud costs become sky-high. Much higher than driving IT on-premise.

 

We recommend that you use a service that can automatically calculate cloud pricing.

 

Not based on guesswork and moving around numbers, but based on data about the capacity and actual utilization of your current IT infrastructure.

 

If you calculate cloud pricing 1:1 (that is, if you plan to throw your IT in the cloud with its current configuration and do your calculations based on that), the cost will likely be so high that it won’t pay off.

 

Instead, calculate cloud pricing with an automatic service that bases the calculation on actual utilization.

An intelligent service will help visualize where you can tune the needs of your cloud capacity.

 

Most often, this will reveal an economic potential in transforming to cloud.

Also, don't underestimate the time perspective.

This is a mistake to avoid.

No, it’s not an easy fix.

It’s about taking your time to do a proper job

 

Many organizations underestimate the time perspective of a cloud transformation.

The desire to transform often rushes the process.

 

The consequence of rushing a transformation, ironically, is that the transformation is delayed. Or it breaks budgets. But usually both.

For IT projects in the Danish public sector:

  • 23% were realized in time and within budget
  • 23% broke the budget
  • 54% were delayed and broke the budget

This means that only roughly every second public IT project is going according to plan.

Here’s a simple Danish saying for you:

“Things take time.”

(That’s Piet Hein, for the young ones).

 

And of course, you are busy.

And of course, you need to fit your IT projects to the business perspectives.

And of course, you need to meet your goals.

 

But you should not rush this through.

 

Every unforeseen obstacle you meet is a cause for delay.

 

So the key is proper preparation.

 

Lucky for you, you live in a time of intelligent IT and efficient algorithms.

So make use of that!

 

Use an automatic solution to:

  • Do an automatic inventory of your digital estate. Get the full overview.
  • Get an accurate calculation of your cloud costs based on your actual utilization.

 

That enables you to plan your cloud transformation with the right prioritizations. And gives you a solid foundation for a successful implementation.

 

Proper preparation will save you time and money in the end.

It’s not an easy fix. It’s doing a proper job.


Our customers have acknowledged that their cloud migration project deserves proper preparation. From that (indisputably clever) realization, we help them succeed with their cloud transformation by giving them the data they need to make prioritized decisions about their cloud migration process.

For your cloud transformation to be successful, you need to know your existing digital estate, so you can plan your transformation with the right prioritizations.

get in touch

MUGATO

Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Denmark

CVR 40567852

info@mugato.com
+45 89808881

IT infrastructure service
Microsoft Partner


Mugato Cloud Transformation

The stages of a cloud transformation – and what not to forget

The stages of a cloud transformation – and what not to forget


Why we do cloud transformation, not cloud migration.

Let’s jump into some definition-gymnastics.

We often tell our customers that we don’t do cloud migration. We do cloud transformation.

The difference?

Most of our customers are smart enough to spot the benefits of one over the other.

Cloud migration is when you move your digital estate from on-premise to the cloud.

When this migration is executed without any prior changes to the digital estate, it’s a lift-and-shift migration.

Some consider this a simple way of executing a cloud migration. In our modest opinion, it’s the opposite. It’s a certain way of complicating your IT.

And although there are several advanced services that support a well-executed and intelligent journey to the cloud (we humbly provide one of those), some organizations still choose to do this simple migration, where they move everything within their digital estate to the cloud. Without thinking twice. Sigh.

 

When organizations move the entire digital estate to the cloud in a headless lift-and-shift, they always bring a lot of stuff that they don’t need anymore. Shadow IT. Zombie servers.

You would be surprised how much unused IT is left lying around in the shadows of most IT infrastructures.

Shadow IT. Zombie servers. Scared yet? You should be. You can read more here.

We find that up to 5% of servers are no longer in use and can be decommissioned. No need to move that to the cloud. And pay a good load of money to store it there. Obviously.

 

Moving everything without prior assessment and optimization never pays off. You’re just pushing the problems in front of you. Your future self will slap your forehead.

Cloud transformation is cloud migration's more intelligent cousin. This is when you clean up and optimize your digital estate before you move it to the cloud.

All we say is this.

Want to move your IT to the cloud? Go for it. Just make sure to map out what you have first.

Do an automated mapping of your IT infrastructure. Know what you have.

Now, clean it up before you move anything.

Dust off those servers. Eye out what is no longer in use. Get rid of that.

Really, what we’ve added to the conventional method of cloud migration, is the option for you to improve your IT.

Most of the organizations we work with, end up optimizing their digital estate before they transform.

  • For some, that means reevaluating their resource utilization.
  • For others, it means rightsizing by shutting down excess servers.
  • For most, it means reducing costs on operations and maintenance.

The common denominator is that they improve now to ensure their future IT.

Since you are transforming your IT by moving to the cloud anyway, take this opportunity to improve it.

If you are moving to the cloud, don’t forget the before and after.

Full disclaimer: Mugato is not a tool for executing the cloud migration itself. Our main thing is giving you the full overview of your entire digital estate, help you optimize it to make sure it reaches the cloud in its best shape, and maintain the overview of your IT afterward.

 

As for the migration itself, Mugato will help monitor the process and visualize the ongoing cloud migration, so you can ensure that everything is going according to plan.

Importantly, once you’ve moved to the cloud, Mugato ensures continuous monitoring. So that your IT is managed based on facts about your digital estate. An always updated view of your IT.

 

We call this a continuous approach to cloud transformation. You can call it whatever you want. As long as you remember both the before and after of the actual migration, instead of just throwing all of your assets in the cloud.

Take your IT seriously:

  • Take the time and resources needed to properly prepare for the cloud migration
  • Monitor the progress of your cloud migration to ensure that it is going according to plan.
  • Once it’s all in the cloud, keep monitoring your new IT environment. This is vital for successful cloud adoption. Keep an eye out, stay on top, don’t lose that overview of your IT again.

The stages of a cloud transformation?

In Mugato, we work with these four stages of a cloud transformation process:

Discover, plan, improve, and monitor.

1. DISCOVER ALL OF YOUR SERVERS, SYSTEMS, AND APPLICATIONS

Make sure to start with a detailed inventory of your existing digital estate. Do an exhaustive, automated mapping of connections and interdependencies. Know exactly what you have, and how it is connected.

2. PLAN YOUR CLOUD ADOPTION

Next up, get intelligent algorithmic advice with precise recommendations for planning your cloud adoption journey. This enables you to make informed decisions about your cloud plan based on application interdependencies and system functionality. No guesswork. Clear calculations based on your own data.

3. IMPROVE YOUR IT

Optimizing your digital estate before you move to the cloud. Get an unparalleled set of metrics to improve within a range of areas such as rightsizing, cost optimization, and risk mitigation. Depends on where your weak spots are. Mugato helps you identify them.

4. MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF YOUR CLOUD ADOPTION

Follow the evolvement of your systems during the cloud transformation process. Maintain oversight of your IT platform after the transformation. Don’t ever lose the overview of your IT again.

Mugato Cloud Transformation

This is how we work in Mugato. Of course, there are other models and frameworks for the cloud migration process. No matter what you choose, we recommend that you go for a tool or service that is with you all the way. From preparation and planning to beyond the cloud migration itself.

We work with a cloud transformation process that is compatible with Microsoft’s Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF). We are Microsoft partners, and many of our partners and customers prefer Microsoft Azure as their cloud provider. That being said, Mugato is cloud-agnostic. We help you on your journey to the cloud regardless of which cloud provider best suits your needs.

If you want to learn more about Microsoft’s CAF, go explore here (English) or here (Danish).

For your cloud transformation to be successful, you need to know your existing digital estate, so you can plan your transformation with the right prioritizations.

In Mugato, we help you with just that.

Reach out for a talk about how we can support your cloud transformation.

get in touch

MUGATO

Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Denmark

CVR 40567852

info@mugato.com
+45 89808881

IT infrastructure service
Microsoft Partner

Mugato Microsoft Azure

Mugato Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Mugato Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace


Microsoft Azure customers worldwide now gain access to Mugato to take advantage of the scalability, reliability, and agility of Azure to drive application development and shape business strategies.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark March 1, 2021 — Mugato today announced the availability of Mugato in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Mugato customers can now take advantage of the productive and trusted Azure cloud platform, with streamlined deployment and management.

Mugato presents an intelligent, data-driven approach to successful cloud transformation. Transformation with Mugato starts with a detailed inventory of the existing digital estate, which provides the foundation for intelligent algorithmic advice with precise recommendations for planning the cloud adoption journey. The solution further serves algorithmic processing of the digital estate so that the transformation includes continuous optimization of the current spending to improve future IT.

The efficiency of data processing is enhanced by the technological benefits of incorporating Microsoft Azure into the Mugato service. All data collected by Mugato is stored and optimized in a local SQL Server database. From there, data is transferred to Microsoft Azure, where Mugato then processes data using advanced algorithms and machine learning.

The Mugato solution enables customers to discover, plan, improve, and monitor their IT throughout the cloud transition and beyond, including classification of business applications and interdependencies, resource utilization models, and many other features. Mugato thus provides a solution supporting Microsoft’s commitment to drive digital transformation for people, organizations, and industries around the world.

Behind Mugato is an experienced team with 10+ years working in and collaborating with Microsoft. Mugato’s CTO Michael Frandsen is Microsoft MVP, one of the few in Scandinavia, and thus has extensive knowledge of how to utilize Microsoft products and services, enabling the team to provide a stable and effective solution for cloud transformation and continuous monitoring of the entire IT platform – whether customers intend for an entirely cloud-based environment or a hybrid environment.

Torben Andersen, CEO of Mugato, emphasizes the mutual benefits of Mugato as a Microsoft partner: “Most customers are already taking advantage of Microsoft cloud offerings; however, they eager to move more workloads into the cloud. With the Mugato solution, customers get exactly the information needed to accelerate their cloud journey and take full advantage of Microsoft Azure.”

Jake Zborowski, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp., said, “We’re pleased to welcome Mugato to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, which gives our partners great exposure to cloud customers around the globe. Azure Marketplace offers world-class quality experiences from global trusted partners with solutions tested to work seamlessly with Azure.”

The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use.

Learn more about Mugato at its page in the Azure Marketplace.

“We’re pleased to welcome Mugato to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, which gives our partners great exposure to cloud customers around the globe. Azure Marketplace offers world-class quality experiences from global trusted partners with solutions tested to work seamlessly with Azure.”

— Jake Zborowski, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp.

About Mugato

Mugato is a SaaS company founded in 2019, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Our mission is to change the way cloud transformations are done today. With Mugato, your cloud transformation process is based on exceptional insights into your existing digital estate and intelligent algorithmic advice for your future IT. This is the intelligent, data-driven approach to successful cloud transformation.

 

For more information, go to https://mugato.com, follow us on LinkedIn @Mugato, or contact us directly at info@mugato.com.

“Most customers are already taking advantage of Microsoft cloud offerings; however, they eager to move more workloads into the cloud. With the Mugato solution, customers get exactly the information needed to accelerate their cloud journey and take full advantage of Microsoft Azure.”

— Torben Andersen, CEO, Mugato

MUGATO

Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Denmark

CVR 40567852

info@mugato.com
+45 89808881

IT infrastructure service
Microsoft Partner


Shadow IT

The dark corners of your IT-infrastructure

The dark corners of your IT-infrastructure


Where does shadow IT lure in your infrastructure? Zombie servers and other blind spots waste resources and constitute major risks for your organization. Most IT-infrastructures contain some degree of shadow IT. Learn what measures you can take to maintain a continuous overview of your systems and ensure resilient infrastructure.

Be aware of shadow IT

Shadow IT describes the parts of your ITinfrastructure that are unknown or forgotten – the dark corners of your IT-infrastructure.  Think of systems or server clusters that no longer serve a relevant function buremain running in the shadows of your ITinfrastructure. 

These dark corners exist in most infrastructures, because IT operations today are dynamic. For most organizations, the infrastructure landscape becomes increasingly complex over time. 

Shadow IT is a matter of cybersecurity and organization vulnerability, as the existence of Shadow IT constitutes a risk for your organization. 

Issues arise from these dark corners of your infrastructure – system maintenance becomes difficult and vulnerabilities increase, as you lose sight of patching status and security updates. 

 

“Most organizations use an extensive number of IT systems in their daily operations, and technology is moving fast. [It] is a challenging undertaking to maintain an overview of an organization’s dynamic IT landscape while keeping all systems updated, but nonetheless it is vital to cyber security.” 

Centre for Cyber Security. From the investigation reportHackers Remember the Vulnerabilities We Forget’

Kill Zombie Servers 

Zombie servers are servers that are running but perform no useful function in your server network. Yet zombie servers – also known as comatose servers – exist as “the living dead” in your IT infrastructure.  

The cost of running zombie servers is undeniably a waste of resources. 

Identifying and cleaning out existing zombie servers can enable reductions on hardware, maintenance, licenses, and operation costs. 

At Mugato, we find that up to 5% of servers are no longer in use and can be decommissioned. Killing zombie servers is concrete way to optimize operations, save costs, and ensure cyber resilience. 

The key to avoid shadow IT

With certain measures you can avoid that shadow IT compromises your organization’s cyber resilience. 

The latest investigation report from the Centre for Cyber Security (Center for Cybersikkerhedprovides a list of recommendations for an optimal in-depth defense strategy. 

This suggest several security measures – particularly stressing that that patching is key for securing a resilient infrastructure. In other words: One of the key elements in an efficient cyber defense is to keep your systems updated. 

The report notes that mapping IT infrastructures can seem complex, as the IT landscapes of organizations today evolve rapidly. As new solutions are implemented over time, overview is easily lost. 

Implementing an IT management system that continuously helps mapping the entire digital infrastructure of the organization may prove useful.

Centre for Cyber Security. From the investigation reportHackers Remember the Vulnerabilities We Forget’

Shed light on the dark corners of your infrastructure

  • Know your IT infrastructure. A continuous mapping of the complete context of your infrastructure helps you maintain an overview of all your systems.
  • A continuous overview of your infrastructure will reveal any existing shadow IT and help you prevent new dark corners arising.
  • Kill zombie servers ASAP to optimize your operations, strengthen resilience and reduce costs.

Read the full report from the Centre for Cyber Security (April 2020)

Investigation report: ‘Hackers Remember the Vulnerabilities We Forget’ [English]

Undersøgelsesrapport: ‘Glemmer du,  husker hackerne’ [Danish]

IT infrastructure dependency map

Mugato provides a solution to avoid shadow IT in your infrastructure with continuous automatic inventorying and complete infrastructure dependency mapping.

Contact us and let us enable your progress towards a resilient IT-infrastructure.


MUGATO

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2100 Copenhagen Ø
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Mugato Cost Reduction Optimization

Recession and Resources

Recession and resources // How you reduce costs instead of employees 

Mugato Cost Reduction Optimization

As we approach the looming recession, how do we reduce costs without reducing personnel?

Read our suggestion for initiating a strategic optimization that ensures long-term business sustenance. 

We hope to inspire decision-makers to reduce costs, not employees.

The recession is arriving aggressively. The current Corona pandemic and the resulting financial instability is forcing leaders and company owners to make unforeseen cuts in acute decision-making processes. This is a challenge faced by decision-makers across industries and sectors. 

The acute need for prioritizing resources to keep businesses afloat often spur the decision to lay off employees. But staff cuts are not always the most optimal way of reducing IT costs. There are other approaches to strategic optimization, that are better for your business in the long run.

 

This is what we built our own business on – Mugato provides methods for optimization through data-driven, automated processes, that support the coherency and stability of your company’s infrastructure. 

The current crisis has compelled us to share our experiences for the benefits of company-owners and decision-makers, who face the recession with prospects of acute cost-reductions. 

How to prioritize here and now, if you want to optimize IT spending in ways that sustain your business in the long run? 

“No one will go through this untouched” 

The Coronavirus has brought a severe downturn. The results of the pandemic are aggressively influencing businesses across industries. Even sectors that usually stand strong in similar storms will not go untouched.

 

A recent member survey by the Danish Chamber of Commerce highlights the dramatic financial consequences across sectors. 

  • Every fifth company has laid off employees since March 1st 2020 
  • Every sixth company expect to lay off more employees in the coming weeks 

Poul Noer, Senior Consultant in the Danish Chamber of Commerce states that “no one will go through this untouched,” as cited by Computerworld. 

Read the report from the Danish Chamber of Commerce here

Ensure stability and business continuity 

As decision-makers attempt to navigate these bleak waters of the immediate future, questions arise: How should you prioritize in times of crisis? What is the right prioritization, if you want to ensure stability and business continuity? 

Unfortunately, the acute need for cutting costs often result in staff cuts, as employee costs often make up a large part of total costs. Although it is expensive to reduce staff, it is considered the most effective option – but this approach has consequences for your business in the long run. 

 

For many companies todayIT is the backbone of their business, regardless of industryExtensive digitalization has made an effective IT infrastructure vital for your success and business continuity. 

This means that the skilled workers in the IT department are a key asset – they have the competencies and capacity to ensure a functional IT-infrastructure, and to drive your business forward and sustain stability. 

Optimize your IT toolbox

Balancing the needs for acute cost reductions and future financial stability calls for a coherent business strategy with a long-term scope. We suggest this approach to optimizyour IT costs. 

Most companies we work with have a collection of tools and systems for IT management, which have been put together over time without a set strategy. The consequence is a tangled landscape otools, services and systems for IT infrastructure management. This can be simplified. 

You most likely have several services with overlapping functionalities. They might have similar functions. Or they might have different functions that complement each other in theory but are incompatible in terms of data analysis, demanding you to monitor a number of tools. This leaves you with a fragmented overview and an unnecessary workload. 

 

We suggest that you reduce the number of tools in your IT management toolbox. Choose a service that provides you one solid overview. One concise overview can provide an authoritative reference of insights into your IT-infrastructure. 

 

In larger companies, having one central go-to overview provides common ground for the status of your IT landscapes. This gives the IT department a common understanding of the state of affairs in your IT infrastructure and reduces the need for ongoing, fragmented status-updates between teams. 

In smaller companies, a centralized approach provides a concise overview of IT systems. Holding the complete knowledge of your infrastructure in one place provides certainty and gives you a steady basis for decision-making. 

Reduce costs, not employees

This is our suggestion for initiating a strategic optimization that ensures long-term business sustenance.  

This approach allows you to allocate the resources within your company optimally in times of change, cut unnecessary IT costs in an instant, and lay the groundwork for at stabile future. 

  • Avoid the loss of experience and specialized competencies within your company – maintain competent employees, whose knowledge and skills are vital for your infrastructure and business continuity.
  • Optimize your IT costs through a considered evaluation of your current IT landscape. Reduce IT costs by choosing one service to provide you with one concise overview.  

IT infrastructure dependency map

Mugato can support your strategic optimization.

Contact us to get our estimation of the potential for IT cost reduction in your organization. 

MUGATO

Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Denmark

CVR 40567852

info@mugato.com
+45 89808881

IT infrastructure service
Microsoft Partner