Planning Your AWS Cloud Migration Strategy
The exponentially increasing amount of data in the world, along with a rising need to access systems, applications and data remotely, often drives organizations to leverage public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Rather than hosting your business’ systems and applications in your own physical data center that requires significant upkeep and costly systems refreshes, deploying an AWS cloud migration strategy can help you gain flexibility and scalability.
The Advantages of AWS
Many organizations move from on-premises to AWS’s public cloud to save on infrastructure costs, improve efficiency and reduce downtime – just a few of the advantages of using a public cloud like AWS. AWS sets businesses up for better success down the road, with scalable storage and compute capabilities that don’t require in-house equipment purchases or maintenance.
Further, when operating with AWS, organizations also have the ability to scale immediately and make significant changes – like spinning down a server or spinning up hundreds – in real time. For companies that need to accommodate immediate or fast-paced changes, AWS is a must.
Even if you don’t anticipate overnight growth, AWS offers you the flexibility to adapt to change with ease. And as for cost – if the upfront licensing expenditures have you on the fence, rest assured that the ROI on a public cloud migration is almost always higher in the long run. Not only will your company be shedding the physical equipment and space it’s using to host its in-house data center, but it’s also cutting the costs of labor, rent, maintenance and inflexibility that come with it.
The Question of Security
While AWS’ infrastructure is secure, AWS is not responsible for your network security. The security of your network and virtual servers is ultimately up to you.
Many organizations work with managed IT service providers to secure their networks to ensure reliable security for their public cloud environments. ChimeNet, for example, offers AWS support that includes securing your network and virtual servers with methods like server encryption, virtual firewall implementation, VPN configuration and more.
AWS Cloud Migration Strategies
How you choose to migrate should ultimately be based on your business’s goals, assets, timeline and needs. If you’re just getting started, give us a call – we can talk you through popular migration models and make suggestions based on your needs to develop a tailored migration plan that accounts for security, compliance, connectivity, scalability and more.
Working With AWS Cloud Architects
Cloud migrations require precision and strategy throughout the planning, implementation and optimization process, and AWS is no exception.
Before migrating to AWS, organizations need to have a plan for their network security, migration timeline, company buy-in, API configuration and asset management, among other critical factors. If you’re considering a migration to AWS, we highly recommend that you partner with experts to ensure that your plan accommodates all your needs, implementation runs smoothly, and your cloud environment remains secure and optimized.
ChimeNet is a certified AWS partner with experience consulting businesses on cloud solutions. With our cloud partnerships, infrastructure-as-a-service solutions and other managed services, we can help you perfect your migration strategy to ensure buy-in, security, compliance and other more. Contact us today to discuss your cloud migration needs.