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WSM Releases Browser-Based Tool that Estimates Time and Cost for Moving Workloads to Cloud

Cloud Catalyst is rapid, secure, agentless automated software providing information for organizations considering migrations

WSM International, the leader in cloud and server migration services, has released a beta version of its new Cloud Catalyst workload assessment tool that helps IT staff determine the time and costs associated with moving workloads out of the data center to the cloud, or from cloud to cloud. It's the first tool of its kind that can estimate the level of effort and cost to migrate. Other use cases include digital inventory management, as well as security and compliance.

Qualified enterprises and service providers looking for a migration assessment can request to participate in the beta program at

In the past, a digital asset inventory could take days, weeks or even months but now can be accomplished in minutes or hours. Cloud Catalyst shortcuts the time-consuming and laborious manual work that is typically required to determine what is involved in a workload migration project. As fully-automated software that is accessed using a web browser, Cloud Catalyst removes a major roadblock for enterprises looking to migrate workloads, as well as the service providers that deliver hosted computing infrastructure for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud or proprietary public/private clouds.

The browser-based tool provides an intuitive graphical user interface that delivers instantly-actionable information, including a full inventory of all hardware, software, databases, APIs and all other aspects of an IT environment using a secure, encrypted, agentless discovery process. After securing proper permissions, the service can easily gather information on any number of servers, from one to several hundred. Cloud Catalyst was developed to be user-friendly for non-technical users, yet it allows much more in-depth discovery for more technical users with reports that range from a quick, top-level snapshot of all IT assets to a deep dive of everything including software and service version numbers, amount of data consumed by specific IT assets, port usage and other key information.

WSM's Cloud Catalyst assessment tool can be leveraged by enterprise IT departments or a hosting provider as a sales enablement tool that significantly reduces the time required to provide a proposal to a prospective client.  In addition, with the ability to quickly get a full snapshot of customer's digital assets, managed hosting providers can provide services and solutions that are custom-tailored to their customer's workloads.

"The first issue when considering the transition of workloads off-premises, or to the cloud or between clouds, is understanding what is involved and what the costs will look like when the transition is completed," said Ryan Pelerin, CEO of WSM. "That is exactly what our automated software does, which is built using our experience over more than a decade of successfully migrating tens of thousands of workloads for customers big and small. Now, any organization will have a very clear view of the costs and requirements associated with any planned migrations."

Multiple simultaneous assessments can be performed using Cloud Catalyst, which is error and fault-tolerant in the event of a service disruption. Also, security and privacy of all information is assured through:

- Encryption of all data using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Data Encryption Standard (DES) keys;
- Encrypted server passwords that are never stored;
- Two-factor authentication required for signing into the portal.

About WSM International
WSM International ( is a specialized services and solutions integrator with a core focus on cloud and server migration, transformation, and DevOps services. WSM created the server migration services industry in 2003, and today is the largest specialized migration services provider in the world, having completed more migrations than all other competing service providers - combined.

More Stories By Glenn Rossman

Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on behalf of the DuPont Company for its specialty polymers products and with the largest steel companies in North America in an initiative focused on automakers.