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Best Practices For Migration To AWS Cloud

The public cloud is a computing model in which third-party providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) make computing resources and services, such as virtual machines, applications, databases, and storage, available and accessible to customers via the public Internet.

AWS Cloud Managed Services Cloud provides you with various benefits, including significant cost savings, increased workforce productivity, operational resilience and continuity of services, along with business agility.

You can deploy your digital assets like data, applications, and other business elements, entirely or partially, to a cloud computing environment through a process called cloud migration.

One of the most common models of cloud migration is the transfer of data and applications from a local data center to a public cloud like AWS cloud

Cloud Migration to AWS is not always as simple as lifting and shifting’ applications from the on-premise data center to the AWS cloud. If you want a deeper cloud integration to take advantage of cloud capabilities, you may have to modify certain applications. You may face challenges, including issues with legacy application migration, data security, and regulatory compliance. You require significant planning and expertise for AWS migration to save time and costs and meet your business objectives.

What is AWS Migration?

AWS Migration is the process of moving data, applications, or other business components from an organization’s on-premises infrastructure to the cloud, or moving them from one cloud service to another.

According to recent stats, it is estimated that by 2020, more than 1/3rd of the data will pass through the cloud.

Best Practices for AWS Migration: 

Customers often wonder what some of the best practices are for migrating applications to AWS quickly and confidently. Although the organizational structure and business objectives of every enterprise vary, there are certain patterns and practices the Mass Migration team has learned that tends to ring true for every kind of company.

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of some of these:

  1. Define a Migration Strategy for IT and business alignment with the cloud at the core of the transformation. 
  2. Establish clear and unambiguous security postures and access controls.
  3. Train staff on the requisite level of AWS Knowledge. Mid-Size Companies find it very difficult to attract and then retain cloud specialists. 
  4. Outline how business and tech operations will shape-up in AWS.
  5. Create a detailed Inventory of Applications that you want to migrate and take care of necessary licensing procedures.
  6. Identity the right Cloud Management Platform that will assist you not only in Migration but also in Managed Services.
  7. Start with a smaller, low risk but high visibility application such as your corporate website to go to AWS. 
  8. Leverage your Cloud Management Platform to Automate as many tasks as possible to avoid nasty surprises.
  9. A big threat to Cloud Migration is FUD – Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt but a bigger threat is ” We have always done things this way!” 
  10. Monitor everything with the Cloud Management Platform. Make sure that the Cloud Management Platform has applications as well as infrastructure visualization capabilities. 
  11. Use cloud-native monitoring tools in conjunction with the Cloud Management Platform to get timely notifications and alerts 
  12. Leverage fully managed services such as AWS RDS etc. wherever possible. 

While we have given a very curated list of best practices, any migration to AWS cloud has some obvious challenges. We will cover this topic in another blog.

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Benefits of Cloud Management Platform for Mid-Size companies

It’s time to leave behind the traditional way of migrating to and managing Public Cloud environments and move towards a future cloud management platform one designed for Mid-Sized Companies and Small Businesses.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) consumers are now looking to cloud management platform such as Cirrusform to help manage their growing portfolio of cloud applications. A cloud management platform enables organizations to deploy, manage, monitor and control applications across public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) ensuring that companies can achieve both agility, scale, and most importantly cost savings.

There are two basic consumption models for public cloud resources: With Cloud Direct, end users are communicating directly through cloud-native APIs. With Cloud Brokered, a Cloud Management Platform is acting as an intermediary between the end-users and the public clouds like AWS.

Essentially, a Cloud Management Platform is a consolidated platform with an extensive set of APIs to deploy, optimize, integrate and scale the enterprise cloud computing ecosystem, both within and outside the firewall.

At the fundamental level, a Cloud Management Platform allows users to manage their cloud resources through an orchestration suite that automates cloud management tasks. The Cloud Management Platform discovers resources in your cloud infrastructure and ensures that your organization is using them to the best of their abilities. Cloud Management Platform typically automates tasks, meaning that it will automatically administrating management tasks to help optimize your resource usage such as Compute, Network, and Storage.

Cloud Management Platform typically is a Self-service interface, provision system images, metering and billing enablement, provide workload & performance optimization through established policies and has the following benefits:

Accelerate AWS Cloud Migration

Helps to identify, analyze, plan and track cloud migration. Data center insights like summary of resources, VM distribution, CPU and memory utilization, VM count by CPU, cost trend etc.

No need for Cloud Specialists

Mid-Size Companies and Small Businesses have passionate, driven business leaders who want to steer their company forward. They want to adopt the latest in Information Technology like Cloud Computing but are unsure of the path they can take due to lack of skills & budgets. Cloud Management Platform removes the need to have Cloud Specialists as their algorithm manages the heavy-lifting yet giving a simple interface to semi-tech or tech users like Developers and legacy IT admins.

Automation

Accelerates IT Automation by automating cloud provisioning, configuration management, database deployment, intra-service orchestration, and many other IT needs. Complements the existing IaaS features in the platform. Eradicates the necessity to on-board varied resources of diversified public cloud providers on the platform.

Cost Optimization 

Enhances Cloud Cost Optimization for cloud services by tracking expense from beginning to end, including IT costing, utilization and recommendation to right-size the infrastructure.

Superior Performance 

Cloud Management Platform gives visibility in performance of Cloud Infrastructural as well Applications in the same product leading to superior performance by ensuring that timely corrective actions are taken to reduce troubleshooting time and thus ensures high up-time for your software applications.   

A cloud management platform helps organizations manage public clouds through a set of automated and integrated tools and features. Despite the availability of these platforms, many organizations struggle to implement modern cloud services that benefit the digital initiatives of enterprises across all sectors. As a result, IT leaders without these platforms in place will miss out on the cost-effective options and the desired reliability from the multiple private and public cloud resources available to them.

As Mid-Size Company CIOs grapple with a pervasive and disparate ecosystem of cloud computing technologies, they need to find a structured approach to govern their information assets. A Cloud Management Platform can go a long way in helping them achieve this goal.

To know how Cirrusform can provide these benefits and more please book a free demo or calculate Cloud Migration fees costs here