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When migrating to the cloud, the ability to move and achieve business value fast is a critical differentiator. Organizations begin to lose momentum, and executive buy-in wanes if progress stalls. When results are realized too slowly (or aren’t properly quantified and communicated), the business case for migration weakens potentially jeopardizing the project’s financing and support. Over the last 15 years, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has helped thousands of organizations migrate workloads to the cloud to reduce costs, improve operational resiliency, gain business agility, and build a foundation for rapid innovation. Based on this experience, AWS has built a complete and proven approach for migrating one to thousands of workloads to the cloud and helping you quickly and efficiently realize, measure, and communicate the tangible benefits of your migration.

Business value

Often, the decision to migrate workloads to the cloud starts with a desire to reduce costs; however, customers find that the
strategic value of migrating to AWS goes well beyond the cost savings of retiring legacy infrastructure.

At AWS, our research and experience have led us to identify eight key drivers that compel businesses to migrate to the
cloud. These are:

  1. Cost reduction
  2. Agility and staff productivity
  3. Improved security and operational resilience
  4. Outsourcing and hardware/software end-of-life
  5. Data center consolidation
  6. Digital transformation
  7. Going global quickly, mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  8. New technologies (such as AI/ML and IoT)

Foundation for a successful migration

Organizations that migrate a substantial application portfolio early in their journey—and combine those efforts with
modernization initiatives—generally derive the biggest business results from their AWS migrations.

AWS works with customers through a three-phase migration approach that integrates modernization into the migration

The three-phase migration process and the seven migration patterns (“The 7 R’s”) described in the next sections serve as
guiding principles to structure your cloud migration journey in ways that help you realize fast, continuous, quantifiable
business value.

The three-phase migration process

AWS understands that every migration is different; however, based on our experience helping organizations of all maturity
levels, industries, and geographies migrate to the cloud, we have seen a standardized migration process take shape. This
process can generally be broken into three phases of activities: 1) Assess, 2) Mobilize, and 3) Migrate and modernize.
Following this three-phase approach is the best way for your organization to efficiently and quickly migrate tens, hundreds,
or thousands of workloads.

It is important to note that, while each phase is a common component of a successful migration, they are not discrete
phases. As an example, we’ve seen where customers have migrated an initial application and it becomes an iterative
process allowing them to migrate additional applications and workloads to AWS. As you iterate and migrate more
workloads, you will be able to drive repeatability and predictability in processes and procedures, accelerating and
optimizing your migration efforts.

Phase 1: Assess

In the Assess phase, the AWS partner will help assess your on-premises or co-location resources and build a right-sized
and optimized cost projection for running workloads in the cloud. AWS offers services and tools that can help.
The AWS Migration Readiness Assessment is a process of gaining insights into how far along you are in your cloud
journey, understanding your current cloud-readiness strengths and weaknesses, and building an action plan to close
identified gaps. You can use the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) as a guide to help ensure that you have a holistic
view of the transformation initiative that is required for an effective move to the cloud.

Phase 2: Mobilize

In the Mobilize phase, AWS will help address gaps in your organization’s readiness that were uncovered during
assessment, with a focus on building your baseline environment (the “landing zone”), driving operational readiness, and
developing cloud skills.

The AWS Cloud Adoption Readiness tool helps you develop plans for your cloud adoption based on your migration
readiness. AWS Migration Hub automates the planning and tracking of application migrations across multiple AWS and
partner tools, allowing you to choose the migration tools that best fit your needs.

Phase 3: Migrate & Modernize

During the Migrate & Modernize phase, each of your workloads will be designed, migrated, and validated. AWS Migration
Hub allows you to quickly get progress updates across all of your migrations, easily identify and troubleshoot any issues,
and reduce the overall time and effort spent on your migration projects.

For many workloads, the best approach is to rapidly move to the cloud and then rearchitect in AWS. CloudEndure, an AWS
company, provides AWS Application Migration Service to quickly rehost a large number of machines from multiple source
platforms (physical, virtual, or another cloud) to AWS, without worrying about compatibility, performance disruption, long
cutover windows, or long distance data replications.

Many enterprises use the migration effort to also modernize their businesses by refactoring their legacy technology
portfolio. Some proven ways to do this include infrastructure automation (elastic infrastructure, containers, AI/ML), agile
development practices (DevOps, test automation, CI/CD, observability), cloud-native architectural patterns (stateless,
microservices, serverless, data lakes), Windows modernization, database modernization, and product-based operating
models (product teams, business outcome alignment, full-stack vs. platform structures). These methods accelerate
innovation and increase agility, resiliency, and efficiency to accelerate your speed to market and customer outcomes.

Seven common patterns for migration: “The 7 R’s”

There’s more than one way to migrate an app. Common migration patterns usually follow one of six basic patterns—but
when you migrate to AWS, you’ll gain a seventh option (relocate), rounding out what we refer to as “The 7 R’s.” Creating a
detailed strategy that identifies the best pattern(s) for your workloads is essential to accelerating your journey into the cloud
and achieving your desired business objectives. Below are the details on each of these seven patterns as we see them
adopted most often by our customers.

1. Rehost – Also known as “lift-and-shift”

In a large-scale migration scenario, where you need to migrate and scale quickly to meet a business case—such as a data
center lease termination—we find that the majority of workloads are rehosted.

Most rehosting can be automated with tools such as AWS Application Migration Service.

2. Re-platform – Sometimes referred to as “lift-tinker-and-shift”

This entails making a few cloud optimizations in order to achieve tangible benefits but without changing the core
architecture of the application. For example, if you’re managing a messaging broker today, you can easily replace seven
common patterns for migration: “The 7 R’s” with the fully managed Amazon MQ service—without rewriting your
applications or paying for third-party software licenses. Or, if you’re migrating a Windows-based application that requires
file storage, you can use the fully-managed Amazon FSx for Windows File Server.

To reduce the amount of time you spend managing database instances, you can move to a database-as-a-service offering
such as Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). When moving from one database source or version to a
new platform or software version, AWS Database Migration Service keeps the source database fully operational during the
migration, enabling near-zero downtime during the cutover.

3. Refactor

Change the way the application is architected and developed. This is usually done by employing cloud-native features
such as building a data lake.

Typically, refactoring (or rearchitecting) is driven by a strong business need to add features, scale, or improve performance
that would otherwise be difficult to achieve in the application’s existing environment.

If your organization is looking to boost agility or improve business continuity by moving to a service-oriented architecture
(SOA), this strategy may be worth pursuing—even though it is often the most expensive solution.

4. Relocate – Move vSphere-based applications to AWS without application changes

VMware Cloud on AWS allows you to quickly relocate hundreds of applications virtualized on vSphere to the AWS Cloud in
just days and to maintain consistent operations with your VMware Cloud Foundation-based environments.
Once in the AWS Cloud, your applications are easier to optimize or rearchitect to take advantage of the breadth and depth
of AWS services.

5. Repurchase – Replace your current environment, casually referred to as “drop and shop”

This is a decision to move to a newer version of software or purchase an entirely new solution. You may also be looking for
a new software licensing model that allows you more flexibility to match your business needs. As an example, Amazon
Connect can be purchased to replace your current contact center application.

6. Retain – Do nothing, for now

You may have portions of your IT portfolio that you are not ready to migrate or believe are best kept on-premises. Keep in
mind that, as more of your portfolio moves to the cloud, allocation of data center expenses across fewer workloads may
eventually drive a need to revisit the retained workloads.

For workloads that remain on-premises, AWS Outposts brings the same hardware and software in the AWS Cloud, the
same services and APIs, the same management tools, and the same support and operating model to virtually any data
center, co-location space, or on-premises facility. With AWS Outposts, you have a truly consistent hybrid cloud, so you can
develop once and deploy across AWS Outposts on-premises or in the AWS Cloud without having to recertify your

7. Retire – Decommission or archive unneeded portions of your IT portfolio

During the Assess phase, you may come across applications that are no longer being used. By rationalizing your IT
portfolio and identifying assets that are no longer useful and can be turned off, you can strengthen your business case and
direct your team’s attention toward maintaining the resources that are more widely used.

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Ease Into Innovation

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