Migrating to the cloud is one of the crucial moves to help you fully step into the reality of digital transformation. And it’s not as difficult as it may seem. See what triggers companies to move to the cloud, what are the next steps, and how to choose the best methodology to safely migrate your data with AWS.
Why do companies move to the cloud?
One of the reasons is the matter of safety. Contrary to concerns of some companies, the cloud is safer than keeping your data within the on-premise framework. What also counts is overall costs and savings, data modernisation, as well as performance of IT operations. These top drivers can be addressed in a carefully thought-through and designed process of adopting and migrating to the cloud.
When to move to the cloud and why you shouldn’t hesitate
Often the length of the on-premise server agreement determines the company’s decision to consider moving to the cloud. As soon as the contract nears its expiration date, they start looking for cheaper, safer and time-effective solutions that would also minimise the burden of physical maintenance of machines – such as the cloud. No wonder. The cloud gives them better agility and even an opportunity to upskill their IT staff in a series of dedicated workshops. Cloud flexibility makes it possible for companies to test new business solutions before implementing them into day-to-day operations. This, however, doesn’t always speak to organisations that base their business model on managing endless data sets, such as banking and financial industries. Experts emphasise that such concerns are completely unfounded as a number of banks, including central ones, have been running on the cloud for some time now and continue to do so in order to maintain cost-effective and secure data protection operations. So, what to do in order to migrate in a safe and timely manner?
Migration Readiness Assessment by AWS
So, if you’re planning to migrate large data sets to the cloud, we recommend using the MAP approach. In this case, before you and your AWS Partner get down to migrating data, you will be asked to fill in a MRA – a series of questions that will help your service provider determine your needs in order to seamlessly transfer your assets to the cloud. While the process takes place, you will be asked about your day-to-day operations, expenses or your team’s level of cloud-awareness. This will help AWS specialists and partners design an outline of your cloud journey. Remember that the assessment is performed in order to present you with structured conclusions regarding the state of your company’s cloud readiness.
During this stage, your AWS Partner analyses your data centres and structures a TCO plan to build a business justification for your migration project. In this phase your provider can use two tools: Migration Hub and Application Discovery Service. Migration Hub will identify the best digital instruments to run the actual migration, migration status as well as key metrics and progress of the process. Application Discovery Service gathers information on your on-premise data centers and helps you better understand your workloads in order to build an efficient migration plan. It is based on the observation of your data behavior and configurations. As soon as data is collected, it’s kept in and encrypted form in AWS data store and used to i.e. estimate TCO of running on AWS.
Migrate & Optimize
Now, it’s time to move on and mobilise both parties (you and AWS & its partners) to step into cloud. This process is based on designing a Landing Zone that will serve as a basic framework for your organisation’s AWS cloud environment (if you want to learn more about the Landing Zone, go to this article). In practice, this means that either AWS or its partnering company will set security and compliance governance, a logging system, software to control costs, and first clusters – all that needs to be in place to begin migration. While Mobilise is a preliminary phase, Migrate and Optimise – the last step – means full migration.
Now it’s time to actually move your resources to the cloud with the help from the so called migration factory: multiple teams operation simultaneously on your large volume migration processes. These teams will consist of usually 5 to 6 cross functional specialists from the field of business, DevOps, as well as business analysts, business owners, migration analysts, operations and developers. During the process, specialists will find repeatable patterns across all applications (20 to 50 per cent of app portfolio consists of repeatable patterns) in order to speed up your migration, and implement a series of optimizations: cost, application, process and operational.
Different kinds of migrations
Lift & Shift
This type will serve you well if you need to move your resources fast (e.g. when your hardware does not support your operations any more). Lift & Shift is fast and can easily provide you with up and down scaling opportunities but is not cost-effective. It often happens that teams have to move whole server images from the on-premise solution to the cloud and later modernise the data framework to make it work best in the cloud.
On-premise modernisation is a different approach to prepare your data for migration. In this case, AWS or its partner will first make adjustments to steadily, and cost-effectively move your resources to the cloud in the future. This may include designing serverless solutions, containers, and cloud-native apps. Depending on your company’s cloud awareness, the operations such as maintaining servers or patching can be split between you and your partner or dealt with entirely between either you or the provider.
What additional help can I expect?
Apart from helping you manage technical aspects of cloud migration, AWS works to respond to rapidly changing legal and regulatory environment in their respective countries of operation – in line with local regulations and your corporate compliance policy.
Where can I get help?
From us. We provide you with guidance and expertise through online tools, resources and support. As a Certified AWS Consulting Partner we’ll make sure to support you in deployment and implementation.
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