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13 Best Practices for Migrating Your Windows Workloads to AWS

Advancements in tech are always a worthwhile disruption to how things work. While they’re often expensive and may demand training for employees, embracing them makes work easier, more accurate, and enables businesses to better anticipate customer needs.

However, transiting into new tech is not easy even for company heads. For example, automation is big right now, bringing along other technologies like ML, BIM, Internet of Things, cloud, etc.

Migrating to cloud computing is especially cumbersome for companies without an expert in-house IT team. The migration eliminates a host of data use and storage problems, saving companies money that can be channeled to other duties.

Here, we’ll help you learn the best practices for migrating Windows workloads to the AWS cloud in each stage involved.

Before you Migrate: Pre-Migration Stage

This stage is more about understanding cloud and preparing for the migration. Do the following to ensure you prepare adequately for the move.

  • Recognize How the Migration Relates with Current Business Strategies
    First, you need to identify how the migration will affect your firm’s strategy and find ways to communicate it clearly to your team. You also need to explain how the migration adds to or helps the strategies you’ve put in place to realize your business goals.
  • Develop a Model
    Moving to cloud offers tighter security. It’s important to have a clear understanding of what access to cloud data means for different employees and how that ties to their roles, and ultimately business goals.
    For example, ask yourself who has access to what level of data, which parameters determine the level of access an employee has, do you need many accounts and if so, exactly how many do you need?
  • Conduct Training
    You’ll have a hard time transiting if your team doesn’t know how to use the AWS cloud. They need to know what to do, when, and understand the risk of security breaches. Some processes may change too. You’ll need to integrate operational tools to help with the new processes and train employees on how to use them.
  • Conduct Training
    You’ll have a hard time transiting if your team doesn’t know how to use the AWS cloud. They need to know what to do, when, and understand the risk of security breaches. Some processes may change too. You’ll need to integrate operational tools to help with the new processes and train employees on how to use them.
  • Identify IT Tools you have that Will Migrate with You
    This is about settling in well into cloud computing. These tools may need updates to align well with cloud processes. You need to find discovery tools too such as AWS Application Discovery to ease the migration and prevent leaving out important bits.
  • Partner with the Right Expertise
    These are not only IT experts; you also need project managers and those who’ve experienced AWS cloud migration. Query your in-house IT team to gauge their experience. You can also outsource these services if you don’t have an IT team or want to be sure that you’re getting partners that will keep your unique operational model in mind.

During the Migration Process

The actual migration is intricate and may take a long time depending on the expertise of the talent in the factory. Remember to do the following.

  • Begin with Small Steps
    Give your employees time to get used to AWS cloud computing. As it grows on them and they get better at it, the perks will be clear to the entire organization. Communicate each win to encourage the team and gain support from investors and your bosses.
  • Automation
    Automation is part of cloud’s proven benefits. The more processes you can automate, the easier it gets to get things done. Although you may not automate every task, identify the ones you can and train your employees to handle it.
  • Embrace Cloud Revolution
    Tech will always improve and those who want to step into the future must embrace every change to the level it applies to them. Thinking of cloud migration in this way will keep everybody on board for the good of the entire organization.
  • Use AWS to Automate the Mundane Tasks
    Your team shouldn’t be saddled with maintenance duties on cloud. It would beat the essence of having it in the first place. AWS document databases such as Amazon DynamoDB handles trillions of requests per day.

Post Migration

At this stage, everyone in the organization has a good idea about cloud migration and which applications have been successfully deployed. Do the following things to promote cloud use.

  • Develop a Monitoring Strategy
    Monitoring will ensure you include the details that help you build a strong infrastructure for your applications. Because cloud produces immense and accurate data, you can confidently invest in aspects that grow the organization’s revenue. There are many tools on AWS such as AWS CloudWatch Logs which produce important insights. The clear data enhances the accuracy of predictions and help you make more solid decisions
  • Keep an Expert Team
    A PMO will act as a management team that will ensure guidelines that make migration easier are followed. A CoE team acts as the expert talent base that makes migrating to cloud successful.
    Ideally, a CoE team should consist of a system administrator, IT tech, database administrator, developer, etc. These professionals can use cloud to do a smarter job and revolutionize how your company operates. They can also act as consultants on the migration process.
    If your organization is large, consider having another team outside your CoE to evaluate and approve tools used to migrate. The team members will assess the efficiency of these tools and find patterns that work with your environment.
  • Conduct Training
    You’ll have a hard time transiting if your team doesn’t know how to use the AWS cloud. They need to know what to do, when, and understand the risk of security breaches. Some processes may change too. You’ll need to integrate operational tools to help with the new processes and train employees on how to use them.
  • Use a multi-faceted approach When Choosing Migration Strategies
    While adopting tech is smart, you can’t do it just because everyone else is without proper mechanisms.
    Consider multiple factors before moving a particular application to cloud. For example, analyze current and future organization goals, consider the strategies, possible risks, cost, and so on.
    These factors will help you to decide whether you’ll migrate an application in its current form or make modifications to it. However, the decision you make must be cost-effective or at least economically viable. Don’t compromise on resiliency either. You can auto-scale as a practice to build resiliency.
  • Instill a Habit of Continuous Communication
    Every step of the migration process should be communicated to every member of the team including those outside the migration factory.
    A pattern will form as you settle on strategies. You can create a blueprint from the pattern which will accelerate the process of deploying applications on cloud. This blueprint too should be shared with factory team members.

Wrapping Up

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