Many companies are cutting costs and gaining a major boost in scalability, agility and innovation potential by moving their enterprise applications to the cloud. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has proved to be an especially popular platform because it supports pretty much any use case you might imagine. This flexibility may be why it has more than a million active customers.
Whether you go with AWS or another cloud platform, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make your enterprise application migration a success:
1. BE PREPARED TO THINK DIFFERENTLY.
Working in the cloud requires thinking differently about your applications and projects. It’s important to make sure you fully understand how processes will need to be updated, what’s involved in migration, and so on. A great way to learn some of the ins and outs of the cloud is to migrate a test case. This brings me to the next point…
2. IT’S OK TO START SMALL.
Your foray into the cloud doesn’t have to be a lift and shift. In fact, if you’re just getting started, that would be ill-advised. By starting small, such as by migrating only your backups and archival storage, you can get more familiar with the cloud before moving more over to it.
3. AUTOMATE EARLY.
Switching to the cloud is a great opportunity for businesses to introduce automation. With AWS the entire platform can be automated—even the migration stage can be a fully automated process. The best way to build automation into the cloud is to get started pre-migration. By doing so, as well as by making everything is auto-scaling and highly available early on, you can get the most out of your chosen platform.
4. WORK WITH A PARTNER.
If you really want to accelerate your move to the cloud, bring in an expert on the platform you’re interested in. They can make sure you’re following best practices and help you avoid any pitfalls to ensure a smooth migration process. Getting this sort of help early on will give you a big leg-up and set you on your way to using the cloud to its full potential.
Pythian’s experts have extensive experience helping businesses migrate to AWS and other cloud platforms. Visit our AWS technology page to find out how we can help you refine your cloud strategy, adopt technologies, execute your roadmap, and optimize service quality on an ongoing basis. You can also use our contact form to get in touch.