Cloud migration is the process of transferring legacy infrastructure to the cloud. Organizations today are increasingly moving their digital operations and on-premise data centers to public cloud architecture.
For companies migrating to AWS, it’s not a “why” but a “how soon” question. AWS is omnipresent, more so with its edge computing initiatives. Every industry—automobile, aviation, education, electronics, entertainment, finance, food, health, social media, telecom—uses AWS to elevate their operations and reduce the stress of dealing with on-premise data centers.
In this post, we’ll provide the top 5 benefits of migrating to AWS and how to save yourself from any “but, what if…” challenges. Let’s just throw it out there—we are thinking about a snowman and coffee too!
Availability - Coffee spillage is no longer a problem
Wherever your team is, AWS will be available to them. While many companies were working fully remotely earlier, more have adopted the trend during COVID-19. Remote work is here to stay!
AWS makes it possible to offer employees a flexible schedule and access applications anywhere, anytime. At the recently concluded re:Invent 2021, AWS announced expanding its edge computing initiatives with 30 new Local Zones. If all the world’s a village, AWS’s edge computing will bring people even closer.
Now let’s talk about that coffee. Remember that one time when someone accidentally spilled coffee on a data center machine, and the system was down for a week? Don’t get us started on the smell that lingered for days.
At an on-premise data center, keeping track of the state of services can be a pain, and heaven forbid if something goes wrong and you lose data! When you migrate to the AWS cloud, you can access the data stored, no matter what happens to your physical machines. AWS also provides you with an automated backup and disaster recovery service that helps get things up and running in no time.
Here comes the snowman! With AWS, you can say goodbye to the dreaded zero-production snowy days. Your team can work from anywhere with data accessible through AWS. And yes, you can still make that snowman.
Cost Reduction - Bills are short and make you smile
Improve IT processes and reduce operational costs? With AWS, you can say yes to both. You do not have to purchase server equipment or maintain it – AWS does that for you. And you can forget about the *frighteningly* long electricity bills too.
According to a VMWare estimate, large organizations can save half of their traditional IT operating costs simply by migrating from data centers to the cloud.
Let’s talk about those who constitute your organization now. Migrating to AWS can mean that your DevOps and IT teams do not have to waste their time. Maintaining hardware, taking backups, solving network issues, and managing the storage can be signed off as AWS’s responsibilities. Your teams can instead work on what they love.
What’s more, AWS has a pay-as-you-go model. It means that you will pay only for what you use. No more idle devices in your data centers that accrue costs! This can reduce your bills significantly in addition to other cost benefits of cloud computing.
Take a page from Emirates’ book. One of the largest airlines in the world, Emirates, made a move to AWS and is expected to reap $1 million in annual savings.
Migrating to AWS can also make you environment-friendly. With no large machines in your physical data center, you do not need expensive cooling for them. This reduces your CFC emission and keeps the atmosphere healthy. And, you no longer have to pay additional bills for cooling.
Implementation and Innovation - Let a million flowers bloom
Cloud = limitless opportunities for organizations.
AWS can help organizations optimize and accelerate their work with its tech flexibility. If you have an idea, any idea, you can implement it on AWS. You can invent new services, get more value from data, and modernize IT processes.
Organizations today are differentiating themselves with the pace of their innovation. You need a tech platform that lets you develop, deploy, and scale rapidly to support that innovation. AWS serves as that tech enabler and trusted advisor. Reduced overhead can translate into increased productivity, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.
Let’s talk about what happens when your business expands, and you need to provision more hardware. Who will you call? And will that person from that company give you a discount? And what about… Hey, stop. Pull the brakes on that train of thought.
If your IT needs change over time, you have the option of scaling up or down. This is costly and *terribly* difficult with on-premise data centers. But, you don’t have to be at the mercy of your equipment! You can control your resources and focus solely on innovation – AWS will look after your IT infrastructure needs.
Reliability - AWS has got your back
In the words of AWS, “The Reliability pillar encompasses the ability of a workload to perform its intended function correctly and consistently when it’s expected to. This includes the ability to operate and test the workload through its total lifecycle.”
As AWS expands its servers to more countries and regions, you get an even more reliable cloud. Say one of AWS’s data centers is located in an area facing a natural disaster and suffers a power outage. No worries! Another data center can pick the load. This leads to little to no downtime. So the next time there is an extended outage, you won’t lose thousands of dollars, nor your reputation in the market.
Moreover, AWS is engineered for zero failure. This means that if you scale 5 nines reliability to AWS, you are talking about 26 billion DynamoDB requests not getting processed, 170 billion IAM requests failing each year, and a billion objects in S3 getting lost. And with over 80% of Fortune 500 companies using AWS, questioning its reliability does not hold light. Especially after the big numbers you just read.
Let’s look at how your IT team can save time migrating from an on-premise data center to AWS. Not just maintaining the network and infrastructure, but disaster recovery, too, becomes the responsibility of AWS.
AWS cloud storage solutions make three copies of every object. These are distributed within the AWS Region across three physical Availability Zones, usually miles apart. This approach makes backup and disaster recovery easier, faster, and smoother.
Security - Because your password ≠ password
When done right, AWS can be a lot more secure than your traditional data center. To begin with, you do not have to worry about the physical security of your IT infrastructure. Out of sight, out of mind!
This is because all AWS services today are built on three security principles at their core:
- Data encryption – Whether your data is at rest or on the wire, AWS will encrypt it to ensure maximum security of your data.
- Authentication and authorization in IAM – Fine-grained authentication and authorization control in IAM lets you control who accesses what.
- Maximum security posture by default – You do not have to “switch off” and “decline” everything one can share. AWS does that by default for you to avoid the accidental sharing of sensitive data.
AWS offers free and paid security tools to provide you with the maximum security to back up your data. It also updates security features regularly in line with industry standards and regulations to reduce cyberattack risks.
But what if your organization has a particular compliance requirement? If you thought AWS forgot that, well… AWS has many compliance certifications. So if you need a specific compliance requirement for health, security, finance, etc., you can rest assured that your data is safe in AWS.
But what if…
We know what you are thinking. If a cloud migration is done wrong, it can backfire to the extent that you would preferably run away from it than manage. Just some of the risks involved when migration to AWS goes wrong:
- Simple lift and shift leads to more cloud costs than you thought of. Your legacy infrastructure can leave behind a legacy of tech debt that nobody wants to deal with.
- You could potentially risk your security on AWS if you do it wrong. Malware, accidental errors, insider threats, misconfigured servers, etc., could be your new pestering friends.
- You can see and control the networks and physical hosts at an on-premise data center. If you move to AWS without monitoring analytics and responding to alerts and threats, this visibility is lost.
- If you do not have a clear AWS cloud migration strategy in place, you could incur huge expenses and system failures. Data loss could be massive (remember when you accidentally deleted pictures of Teddy the Labrador?).
Migrate to AWS like a champ
We understand that moving to AWS can seem like a leap of faith, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting aboard AWS has become the need of the hour, and not riding this wave of innovation would be a rookie mistake.
You can reap the benefits of migrating to AWS like a champ and smartly avoid all the pitfalls. To avoid these risks, you should head over to “Stop using AWS consultants unless…” and migrate to AWS worry-free! 🙂