6 AWS Migration challenges and ways to overcome them Businesses are becoming increasingly interested in winning the advantages of cloud technology in terms of efficiency, scaling, easy to manage, low cost, and much more. Statista predicts that the market for Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) will reach to $17.5 billion in 2018 and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will hold the greater market share. Businesses migrate to AWS from their legacy systems to reap the benefits of cloud technology. However, before this, cloud migration processes often fraught with various challenges. Let’s discuss some of the AWS migration challenges and ways to overcome them. Identifying the key business objectives The foremost challenge that businesses face is determining the features and functionalities that they need to keep focus on, during the planning of the cloud migration process. The new AWS applications should be efficient and at the same time, meet the company’s objective. The businesses need to identify the measurable KPIs and evaluate the cloud application constantly to ensure its effectiveness and return on investment. Acceptance of new technology A smooth integration of applications with AWS depends on the adoption of their users. Yes, businesses should understand the benefits of AWS cloud and demonstrate the same to their teams at all the levels. Every team member needs to deal with this mental paradigm shift to take advantage of AWS cloud and accept the new technology in their business environment. Getting right quality & performance The quality, reliability, and performance of cloud application defines the success of smooth migration. Selecting the right AWS consulting partner is crucial. All required features, minimum downtime, and quick access (nearest data center) need to be keep in mind before planning for AWS migration. Businesses need to carefully estimate how much downtime each migration step will cause and plan accordingly to have minimal impact. According to an Infrastructure as a Service report by Gartner in 2014, Amazon Web Services was ranked first among the two leading IAAS service providers. Enterprises running applications on AWS have already reported the benefits of adopting AWS for their business. Read the blog to know the important lessons that are learnt from Enterprises working on AWS Data Security and Compliance increases anxiety Data safety and compliance smack panic into the top management’s thoughts, and it is one of the key barriers to AWS cloud migration. What type of the data should be stored in the cloud? Which services stores which data, at what location, and how to manage it for secure access? These questions influence the businesses to keep their data on local servers. AWS offers industry-compliant secure cloud infrastructure, so businesses can implement migration with ease. Recognize the overall cost early Many businesses fail to do a job estimate correctly, which results in the false cost prediction. AWS cloud cost varies depending on the service used and the number of users. Experts suggest to start the cloud migration with the least used services, instead of most-used ones in the application; since moving data is a slower process and it is where you can save money. Migration of Legacy system Legacy systems are the most important systems that are the backbone of the business-critical operations. Migration of these systems to AWS is the biggest challenge. The businesses have to define the immediate and long-lasting solutions. In such cases, hybrid cloud is essential where the legacy system and cloud applications are used. And, over the period of time, the company can move entire processes to the cloud. Cloud migration with AWS requires significant planning and expertise, and shifting in a right way saves the cost and meets the business objectives. Hence, it is important to take help of AWS migration experts and avail the benefits of their experience. Check how an American manufacturing leader utilizes AWS to build scalable, secure and high-end Industrial IoT platform. Saviant’s AWS IoT consultants have architected this robust IIoT platform, which handles multiple EGs that connect over 30+ end devices and manages millions of data records/year to derive real-time insights for end customers.