A Successful AWS Migration Means Building It Right The First Time

Charles hung up the phone and stared out the window. He had just finished talking to a former colleague who was bragging about shifting his whole business onto the cloud in a matter of hours. The guy couldn't stop talking about how easy it had been to just 'lift and shift' the whole thing as is...But something didn't make sense to Charles.

Would it scale? How resilient is it? Is the speed of your migration the most important factor? Surely not...He decided that when it came time to do his migration, he would take a far more systematic approach, focus on the security and resilience of his assets, even though AWS DevOps Outsourcing may take a little longer. At the end of the day, he wanted a migration that was careful and would stand the test of time.

'There may be some cases where you contemplate large legacy migrations in isolation,' explains Amazon when talking about cloud migration. 'However, we are finding that migrations are usually part of a larger enterprise transformation effort.' Understand that the best implementations don't all happen at once. It's a journey.

So what are the key things to pay attention to in those phases?

A successful migration project will go way beyond a standard 'lift and shift' approach. That's simply not going to deliver the kind of web experience you envisage when you move your assets into the cloud. Choose to work with experts who can take your objectives into account, who will thoughtfully consider the age and architecture of your existing applications and how well they are functioning, both individually and as part of the whole.

Those considerations will inform your AWS migration project plan.

(Quick side note: it's vital at this stage of the process that you bring your staff along with you on this journey. Make sure they understand it, offer training that is thoughtful and useful and let them know they are not being replaced by this move.)

Have you thought about the financial implications? The ServerGuy website emphasizes a financial assessment of your migration plan, saying that 'A careful and detailed analysis is required to weigh the financial considerations of on-premises center versus employing a cloud-based infrastructure.'

What else? The AWS support team emphasize that companies migrating to their cloud need to understand their 'IT portfolio, the dependencies between applications, and begin to consider what types of migration strategies you will need to employ to meet your business case objectives.'

With this kind of systematic approach, you start to understand the fundamentals of what you're trying to do, what it will cost, and the timeline for getting it done. This puts you in a very powerful position to initiate a migration into AWS.

Ultimately your goal has to be to build it right the first time. With a bit of planning and a thorough understanding of what you're doing, you won't waste time fixing various aspects later and wondering where you went wrong.

Chances are that Privo has worked with a company just like yours in the past. Our experience and AWS expertise means we understand what you need. Get in touch today for a free proposal on your successful AWS cloud migration.

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Nick Underwood

Nick Underwood has over 15 years of experience supporting IT infrastructures for businesses across a broad range of industries.


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