To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Today it seems that regardless of the problem, Cloud computing is the answer. When we analyse cloud services from the likes of Azure and AWS, they are really just sophisticated outsourcing agreements, along with many of the challenges found in outsourcing deals.

The concept seemed easy, take you workload from your old worn-out servers and put them onto a cloud platform. The reality is far trickier and a detailed analysis of the workload needs to take place to assess whether it can be moved to the cloud. There are many tools available to do this and many companies that have resources trained in the use of these tools. Unfortunately, a lot of the code analysis is done manually and so two analysts may come up with slightly different results. Depending on the size and complexity of the portfolio, this analysis can take weeks or even months. As with the SEER suite, we went looking for tools and came across the CAST Highlight suite. In a nutshell, it scans and analyses the source code, providing valuable insight into not only the ability of the application to move to the cloud, but also how resilient the code is as well as identifying exposure to open source code. One word – incredible.

More information is available here: https://www.castsoftware.com/products/highlight

CAST Highlight provides 4 sets of data:

Cloud Readiness

Roadblocks & Boosters

Software Health

Resiliency & Agility

Software Composition

OSS Vulnerabilities & IP Risks

Private Data Detection

GDPR & PII Patterns