Application Migration to AWS Cloud: Points to Note
Migrating to the cloud has no longer remained a question of whether or not you should do it. It has rather changed to when you should do it. If you have decided to move your applications to the AWS cloud, the advantages are clear. AWS indeed drives value for your business. According to a recent IDC report, enterprises migrating to the AWS cloud experienced:
- 51% fall in the costs of operations
- 94% reduction in unplanned downtime
- 25% increase in the developer productivity
- Delivery of nearly 3X more new features
- Generation of $36.5 million per year of additional revenue
Though the stats look amazing, that doesn’t mean the task is so simple. Migrating to AWS could be all-out intimidating. A well-planned migration blueprint is quite crucial for achieving a successful transition to the AWS cloud. Following a roadmap helps you ensure everything is on track. This is why in this article we have come up with this checklist to help you get started with application migration to the AWS cloud. Let’s walk through it step by step.
#1: Confirming Your Internal Stakeholders are On-board
Ensuring your internal stakeholders are prepared and are willing to actively support & participate in the AWS cloud data migration should be done early in the process. The more educated your teams are on AWS, the more seamless will be the transition. It will help you easily break down the barriers.
#2: Clearing up the AWS Account Governance
With AWS, you can create one master account or various separate accounts for each purpose. For instance, several companies use different accounts for different operations that include security, administration & so on. The choice you make is based on how you want different operations to work in the cloud.
#3: Clarifying the Billing Processes
As far as billing services are concerned, you can segregate them to have function-wise costs or consolidate them into one cost for your entire project. AWS cloud data migration bestows you with flexible pricing options that depend upon the cloud capacities you engage.
#4: Evaluating Security and Access Requirements
In cloud computing, there is the need to access the cloud servers constantly. In such a case, you need high security. To remain secure, however, you must implement up-to-date, extremely thorough, and careful security practices. You must also document all your security needs in the planning process itself.
With a plethora of access credential options offered by AWS, you can manage your security practices in the best possible way. Some of the AWS access credentials options include multi-factor authentication tools, symmetric access keys, and console passwords.
#5: Establishing the Cloud KPIs
It is critical to establish the cloud key performance indicator as performance in the cloud may vary for different factors that include services, times of the day, deployments, and so on.
Given below are a few examples of cloud KPIs
|1.||User Experience||Page load time Response time Session duration|
|2.||Application Performance||Error rates Throughput Availability|
|3.||Infrastructure||CPU Usage % Disk performance Memory usage|
|4.||Business Engagement||Bounce rates and dwell time Conversion rates Engagement rates|
#6: Managing Cloud-Based Resources
Once you plug into the AWS cloud, it offers you service-related metadata. Though your proprietary resources could be merged with the AWS cloud, the process can be complex. To make the integration easy, AWS recommends building an internal resource tagging plan as that will help you clear up the identification of your proprietary assets.
The more you automate your processes, the more agile your cloud environment will be. Of course, not all the aspects of your processes could be automated, but those that can be must be. Recognize the ones that can be automated and help your team achieve that. One thing that must be kept in mind, however, is automation must be done from the beginning. Initiate automation soon after you have initiated your AWS migration and keep iterating.
#8: Planning for Disaster Recovery (DR) and Backup
An effective DR strategy in place will help you reduce disaster impacts. The AWS cloud offers you some of the best DR options in the industry. According to AWS, your DR plan must at least address monitoring, load-balancing, regional redundancies, and global traffic management.
With several tooling and resources offered by AWS, building and maintaining a secure system becomes quite easy. Creating a safe & protected cloud environment is a crucial part of any cloud migration. The points we’ve discussed in this article deals with a large area of AWS cloud migration. However, there would be others that you should take into account during your cloud migration. Please share in the comments the points that you considered or think about considering while your AWS migration.
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