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Why migrate your IT services to the Amazon AWS cloud?

When it comes to choosing where to store data and applications, companies must make a careful analysis. One of the most crucial decisions is to decide whether to migrate to the cloud or maintain on premise servers, a technological infrastructure located in a specific place. What route to take? Of course, each of these options has advantages and disadvantages, but in this post, we will help you understand why you should migrate to the AWS cloud.

On-premise or the AWS cloud?

Your choice between the AWS cloud or an on premise alternative depends a lot on the specific needs of your company. For starters, many companies that are already taking advantage of the fruits of cloud have grown significantly.

Here are some key points to evaluate if the cloud is a better option for your company:

-You can access your software in the cloud no matter where you are because you are not limited to a single physical space or have to connect through remote access, as you would have to do with an on premise solution.

-On-premise software requires in-house servers, software licenses, integrations, and qualified IT support. Once the system starts working, you will need to invest time and money in routine maintenance and constant system updates. This would eventually be much more expensive than cloud-based software, which does automatic updates and the provider manages maintenance.

In many cases, software and data stored outside a specific location are safer with the accessibilty in case of natural disasters, or when an old server fails.

-Cloud-based solutions, such as the SYNC data integration platform, are paid in a pay-as-you-go subscription model. This ensures that your company will only pay for what it uses, and will help improve the use and access to that data.

-Cloud-based solutions are scalable, so as your company grows, you can expand the functionality of the system according to your growth plans – such as opening new offices in other regions/countries – without having to make a large investment. On the other hand, on premise solutions require a complex technological structure and investment in qualified personnel.

On-Premise

Cloud Server

Costs

High cost for the license, one-time payment.

The on premise software does not usually provide charges during their use.

The subscription-based model brings with it regular but relatively low costs. Being SaaS models, therefore by subscription, the initial costs are lower.

Installation and access

The user installs the software on his device.

The user has access to the Internet, using a SaaS solution.

Maintenance

The user must install the updates himself, whenever the developer releases them.

Updates are installed directly by the developer himself. Specialized personnel take care of the updates, which means less work for the user.

Scalability

In part it is possible to buy extensions, but in most cases it will be necessary to purchase a completely new product.

Additional functions and accesses can be added or reduced, mostly with great ease.

Hardware

It is the user who must ensure that the hardware is suitable for the correct operation of the software on the device.

The software must be suitable for the devices used.

Each user only needs a working Internet connection, since the software is managed on specific servers.

The PC or laptop used does not need to be very powerful, as it all happens in the provider’s computing center.

Data protection

All data remains on the user’s computer, giving them full control.

The developer has the obligation to secure the data, preventing access to third parties, even during the transfer of data on the Internet.

Privacy

Sensitive data must not leave the internal system and do not end up in the hands of third parties.

It is necessary to be able to trust the provider, since this will have your data available.

Access

Using the software on your computer, it can be used without restrictions.

If the Internet connection is weak or absent, the software cannot be reached.

Dependency

The user chooses what use to make of the software.

If the provider terminates the provision of its service, the software will no longer be usable.

Amazon Web Service, a platform to migrate to the cloud

Millions of customers leverage AWS(Amazon Web Services) cloud products, solutions and DevOps tools to create sophisticated and increasingly flexible, scalable and reliable applications. It is a cloud services platform that has a wide range of computing power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality which helps your businesses to scale and grow effectively.

The AWS cloud services provider helps you with infrastructure services, such as computing power, storage options, networks, and databases, offered as a utility on-demand, available in seconds and pay only for what you use.

-For any use case

From data storage to deployment tools, from directories to content delivery, AWS has more than 50 services at just a few mouse clicks. The new services are provisioned quickly and without advanced expenses, so that companies, start-ups, small and medium enterprises and clients in the public sector, have access to the basic elements they need to respond quickly to the variable business requirements.

-Best security

Cloud security is considered better than that of a physical installation. As it has strong physical security, hardware security modules, contribute to creating a safer way to manage your business IT infrastructure with certifications and accreditations, data encryption at rest and in transit.

Migration strategies to the AWS cloud

                       

Companies generally begin to look for ways to migrate an application once they have determined their environment and what to migrate. With this approach, organizations should outline a strategy on how they will address the AWS cloud migration process.

The complexity of application migration varies according to multiple factors, so there is no single strategy for an IT product portfolio.

However, AWS presents six strategies that, although not the only ones, are the most used and serve to identify the migration strategy that best fits a portfolio of products.

  • Re-hosting

It is common for most applications to be re-hosted in migrations with a large volume of IT assets. This retrofitting can be done manually while applying legacy systems to the cloud or automatically.

Applications are easier to remodel once they are running in the cloud since the most complicated part of the process (migrating the application, data, and traffic) will already be done.

  • Platform

It involves performing optimizations in the IT environment to achieve tangible advantages without having to modify the entire central architecture of the application.

  • Buyback

It is the decision to change a product, going through a version update. Used in migrations where workloads can be easily updated and that update allows for improved process implementation and feature set.

  • Redesign

Strategy based on the modification of application features. It is usually used in circumstances where adding features or improving performance would be more difficult to achieve.

  • Retention

It consists of migrating only the IT assets that make sense for the business and keeping on-premises those applications that are not ready to migrate to the cloud or that the organization prefers to keep in physical facilities.

  • Withdrawal

The withdrawal would be based on identifying IT assets that are no longer useful for business development. As the migration process proceeds, you may find unnecessary assets. Disabling them will help focus on maintaining the most used resources.

Conclusion

Migration to the cloud requires a detailed analysis that must be carried out before taking the risk, must include an extensive review of what the company needs and must contain a good dose of realism in terms of calendar, planning and available resources. Having said that, once the step is taken, moving your infrastructure to cloud definitely pays off in terms of cost reduction, accessibility and scalability. So it wouldn’t be prudent to say that cloud surely is the future which means if you’re on cloud, you are already one step ahead of your competitors.