Migrating from On-Premises to the Cloud in Four Steps

Jan 8, 2019
Migrating from On-Premises to the Cloud in Four Steps

Migrating an integration engine to the cloud can be a daunting task for healthcare providers but it doesn’t have to be that way. Mature interoperability platform and integration engine providers have spent years developing processes which have made migration an easy and relatively seamless endeavor.

These processes drastically alleviate the burden of migrating while simultaneously capturing the benefits of moving to the cloud — such as reduced overhead, automated deployment, enhanced monitoring and redundancy.

However, an interoperability platform alone cannot offset all variables and there are still many things to consider including; architecture design, porting of configurations and network & security requirements. All of these must be addressed while simultaneously keeping legacy traffic running, a task which can be made easier with an Interoperability Expert.

Migrating from any on-premise integration engine or interoperability platform to a cloud-based platform, such as Rhapsody as a Service (RaaS), is now easier than ever. In fact, with the Rhapsody interoperability platform, the migration process can be summarized in four easy steps:


Step One:

Before migration commences a team of Rhapsody experts will work with your organization to analyze the existing items below:

  • interfaces and network/security topology
  • data volumes and traffic 
  • interfaces and configurations
  • security, network and access setups
  • redundancy and disaster recovery

Step Two:

The Experts will put together a RaaS footprint for your organization, provisioning the resources you need to run your interfaces flawlessly, including the network and firewall rules needed to enable data exchange with submitters and receivers.  This process is extremely comprehensive and our team will work with you to ensure it is as quick as possible.

Step Three:

Once the decision has been made to move to RaaS, and the initial review has been completed, RaaS instances are able to be deployed across multiple environments (Dev/Test/Prod) and made available to your organization in a matter of hours. 

Step four:

Once the environment(s) have been provisioned an automated deployment process can have the Rhapsody Integration Engine up and running in about 15 minutes.   The Rhapsody team will make those instances available to your organization and will work with you to get the existing configurations ported over. 


If you are currently a Rhapsody customer, we will take copies of your existing Rhapsody Local Configurations (RLC’s) and port them directly into the RaaS environment(s).

If you are migrating from a non-Rhapsody integration engine or platform, you will be able to begin working to port over your interfaces either with your existing integration analysts, or you will be able to procure Integration Development Services from our team of expert Rhapsody Implementation Consultants.

RaaS will provide your organization with the opportunity to run the newly deployed environment(s) side by side with your existing legacy configuration, to ensure that as configurations are moved into Rhapsody, all integration behavior remains consistent, and performs as expected.  Allowing your organization to move through your interfaces one by one ensuring that all use and test cases pass before turning off your legacy interface(s).

The University of Louisville Hospital (UoLH) recently purchased RaaS and chose the cloud-based service due to the efficiency of the migration process. The organization had a tight deadline for migration so, within 10 days of signing the contract, the comprehensive review of their existing interface architecture had been completed and their non-production RaaS servers were provisioned accordingly.

Within four months, UoLH migrated 95 non-Rhapsody Interfaces to RaaS, taking them live while simultaneously developing 20 new interfaces. The hospital then immediately scaled up, sending and receiving over 300 million messages with over 195 days un-interrupted production uptime since the implementation of RaaS.

As you move into the new year and start to consider your organization's integration and hosting needs, it’s important to talk to an Interoperability Expert to better understand the process so you can get the benefits of moving to the cloud, as soon as possible.

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