Managed Cloud Migration is aimed at companies that need a complete turnkey solution. With this procedure, you do not need to allocate your own resources to plan and execute the migration. Instead, our AWS experts manage everything: from planning and designing the migration to implementation, everything is in reliable hands. With this type of migration, all workloads can be moved individually – application, Web site, database, storage, physical or virtual server, or an entire data center – from a local environment, hosting facility or other public cloud to AWS, depending on your needs.
The Managed Cloud Migration process passes through various phases, which are explained in more detail below:
Phase 1: Analysis, conception & planning
First of all, an application analysis must be carried out to get an overview of existing systems and applications and the relationship between them. Subsequently, it is first checked whether all applications are suitable for migration to the cloud, which applications are no longer relevant in the future and can therefore be removed, and which applications may need to be optimized in the course of migration.
The application analysis offers the first opportunity to reduce costs in the course of migration by uncovering and removing unused or non-optimized resources.
After analyzing the current infrastructure and creating an overview of all applications and their relationships, the conceptual design of your company’s future AWS infrastructure begins based on this overview and the requirements that have been developed. During the creation of the concept, various issues that influence the architecture of the infrastructure must be considered.
Which basic performance requirements must the future infrastructure meet?
Do you operate a web shop and therefore have a strongly varying workload, as well as possible load peaks?
What are the possible challenges that your infrastructure may face in the future and how can you best meet them?
A special aspect in the creation of the concept is security, where various factors are taken into account. The user administration can be individually adapted to your needs in order to provide the corresponding functionalities to the individual users and to prevent access by unauthorized persons.
Backups also play a relevant role in the context of data security and can be used in case of unforeseen events to minimize downtime.
The timing of the migration should be carefully selected and planned, as the duration of the migration depends on various factors such as data volume or complexity. However, when planning for data migration, the method for the planned data migration should also be determined, such as the “Lift and Shift” method.
AWS offers customized services for data migration of various systems to ensure a smooth migration.
Phase 2: Implementation & Migration
Implementation & Migration, the previously planned migration is implemented using various AWS services.
For example, if you want to migrate an existing database to the cloud, AWS offers with AWS Database Migration Service, the possibility to migrate the data with minimal downtime.
If you want to migrate very large amounts of data within a short period of time, but do not have the appropriate infrastructure, then the service of the AWS – Snowfamily, where physical disks are used for the migration, is a good choice.
For more AWS services and detailed information on AWS migration services, please see our overview.
Phase 3: After the migration – Managed Services
After the migration there is the possibility to benefit from our Managed Services and to extend the cooperation beyond the pure migration. You can find further information here.