Amazon Web Services Moving to a Public Cloud
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the largest public cloud provider and has been in business for 10 years.
Amazon Web Services is the logical step for most CIOs looking to switch cloud providers, but that doesnt mean it’s simple. Switching to cloud computing is no longer a business strategy in its own right. The emphasis has shifted and now, to gain a strategic advantage, businesses need to pick the right cloud provider. Heres our guide to moving to the public cloud.
The very first task before migrating to Amazon Web Servies (AWS) is to evaluate the current infrastructure and application use. Some are simply not supported by AWS, which could mean the transition cannot be easily made. It will feel as if there are 80 billion features, which is very overwhelming but businesses need to know this before switching. If AWS doesnt support the applications needed, then switching is entirely redundant.
Handing over all of a companys precious data to a third party cloud service is daunting because of the obvious security concerns. Strict security protocols already exist and AWS already has top-level security. However, businesses must understand the responsibilities it has when storing sensitive customer data on a AWS.
Any shift in an IT environment will likely be challenged by employees. The IT teams are usually more resistant to change than senior executives. The team needs to be prepared for such changes, which means a training program should be developed. Multiple online sites already provide highly detailed training for AWS; invest in this before migration.
AWS is riddled with little hidden charges that quickly add up and can negate any savings made. Some services are paid for by the hour and any portion of time is rounded up to the next hour. This means you could boot an instance up for 15 minutes, close it, then reboot for another 15 minutes and be paying for two full hours of usage. If the business aims to move everything online, then reserving instances would reduce the overall spend.
Network data is another area where users need to be cautious. All inbound traffic is free but outbound is not. One gigabyte of data is included but if the application in use consumes a large amount of bandwidth, it will end up costing a small fortune to run. There is an extremely detailed calculator that will assist with understanding the pricing structure.