The Case for AWS for Your Windows Workloads Migration

If you’re considering how to migrate your Windows workloads to the cloud and take advantage of the agility, scalability, reliability, and innovation available, choosing the right cloud provider for your needs is imperative. We already know that a successful business case for migration starts with Windows workloads, but what about deciding where those workloads should go?

Why AWS for your Windows Workloads?

As the number of enterprise customers running their Windows workloads on AWS grows, it's hard to ignore the clear availability, performance, and cost benefits Amazon Web Services offers. In fact, almost 2x more Windows workloads are run on AWS than the next leading cloud service provider. 

AWS offers a host of services and solutions to help scale your Windows workloads in the cloud - from minute-to-minute capacity changes and the simultaneous deployment of thousands of instances at once, to a variety of licensing options to make managing software work for you. 

Beyond functionality and performance, AWS offers tailored programs for customers looking to migrate their Windows and SQL server workloads. The AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP) for Windows, for example, provides customers prescriptive guidance, tooling and training, and can offset the initial cost of migration and modernization efforts.

Windows on AWS by the Numbers

2x more Windows Server instances on AWS than the next leading cloud provider

Availability: 2x more regions with multiple availability zones

Reliability: 7x fewer downtime hours in 2018 

Performance: 2x higher performance for SQL server on Windows

Security: 5x more services offering encryption

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A Path to Modernization

Windows Server applications also make great candidates for modernization in the cloud, and AWS offers the tools and services to enable an increase in agility and innovation through modern, cloud-native solutions. Prior to the cloud, Windows applications required complex and costly licensing agreements, locking developers into specific architectures and deployment patterns. In an on-premises deployment of windows software licensing is tied to the hardware and not to usage, you pay by the physical server or CPU socket.  By optimizing applications for performance and scalability in the cloud, you can greatly reduce infrastructure and licensing costs, better align your costs with usage,  while decreasing deployment and launch times.

How Cloudreach Supports Windows Migration and Modernization on AWS

There has never been a better time to migrate and modernize legacy workloads on AWS. Customers can expect to gain operational efficiency, reduce infrastructure and licensing costs, and empower their development teams with the tools they need to deliver value faster to the business. At Cloudreach, we’ve helped numerous customers migrate and modernize infrastructure and applications on AWS. 

Cloudreach helped Equifax build a faster and more secure user-centric application using Docker on AWS. The modernization effort included launching a Landing Zone on AWS to help scale the application from POC to production. By leveraging infrastructure-as-code, Cloudreach ensured consistency, automation, and reusability. Our team also implemented Docker Swarm and Amazon ECS to containerize the application for easier, faster deployments. Watch our DockerCon presentation with Equifax.

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