A Successful Business Case for Migration Begins with Windows Workloads

In 2020, large, enterprise companies are facing pressure to realize the benefits of the cloud as fast as possible. While at the same time, planning a long-term migration strategy is necessary for digital transformation. How do you bring about these benefits in the near-term, while charting your migration plan for long-term objectives? The path to migration, and ultimately modernization, begins with understanding your entire IT environment. Cloudamize and Amazon Web Services have partnered to enable companies to make data-driven decisions for migration planning and modernization by focusing on optimizing critical Windows workloads. In a January 2020 report, Gartner stated:

“Through 2024, nearly all legacy applications migrated to public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) will require optimization to become more cost-effective. Cloud providers will continue to strengthen their native optimization capabilities to help organizations select the most cost-effective architecture that can deliver the required performance.”

The cornerstone of a solid migration business case starts with assessing your IT environment to optimize mission-critical Windows workloads. But why Windows workloads? Sandy Carter, Vice President at AWS stated, “On-premises servers are not optimized, with 84% of workloads currently over-provisioned. Many Windows and SQL Server 2008 workloads are running on older, slower server hardware. By sizing your workloads for performance and capability, not by physical servers, you can optimize your cloud migration. Fact-checking the Trust on TCO for Running Windows Workloads in the Cloud)

Leveraging software enables you to optimize your mission-critical Windows workloads faster than ever before and Cloudamize simplifies the stages of digital transformation to help organizations navigate the fastest route to Cloud ROI.

Optimizing Windows Workloads with Cloudamize

Building a business case for migrating to AWS starts with running Cloudamize software. Cloudamize reduces the time-to-insight, and mitigates the risk of unknown assets and over-provisioned workloads, enabling you to make data-driven decisions. Cloudamize has the unique ability to run an assessment not only in on-premise environments, but also in Azure and GCP to provide you with a comprehensive view of all your workloads, assets, and application interconnectivity. 

The results of your assessment provide you with Windows workloads that have been right-sized for AWS, as well as opportunities for optimization and cost savings based on SQL licensing options. By optimizing your mission-critical Windows workloads, and your SQL licenses with AWS you can take advantage of cloud computing benefits right away. 

Creating your Full Migration Plan

The foundation of your migration plan for Windows workloads has been right-sized for AWS, but what about the wider migration plan? Any long-term planning must include all factors, and your Cloudamize assessment provides you with all the data you need to build a complete migration business case.

  • TCO Analysis: Your mission-critical Windows workloads right-sized on AWS with Cloudamize recommended EC2 instances based on your workload’s performance needs at the lowest possible cost. 
  • Microsoft SQL Licensing: Review on-premise SQL licensing used and view optimized recommendations to lower cost while ensuring performance needs are met.
  • Cloudamize Designer: Create your own cloud configurations in AWS and choose your reserved instance, pricing plan, and region for better performance and cost savings.
  • Cloud-Ready Applications: Identify the “low hanging fruit” of cloud-ready applications for quick migration into AWS through advanced filtering and custom tagging.
  • Application Discovery and Interdependency Mapping: Download firewall rules and build migration move groups by machines, applications, or any number of variables. 
  • Cloudamize integration with CloudEndure: Migrate each move group into AWS in highly structured migration waves. 

Final Considerations for a Successful Migration Plan

A successful business case for migration must provide more than a TCO analysis of your right-sized environment in AWS. In addition to Windows workloads, your business case must provide a detailed understanding of all the application interdependencies. Mapping those interdependencies will reduce the risk of poor performance or loss of functionality when you migrate your applications to AWS. From this point, you can prioritize your wider cloud migration strategy in waves, and the Cloudamize migration planner provides you all the necessary tools to prioritize your applications throughout the journey to AWS.

Cloudamize will reduce months of planning to weeks while mitigating the risk of breaking critical business application dependencies all the while ensuring the availability of necessary resources in the cloud. 

Start your migration journey with a Cloudamize assessment for Windows workloads in AWS and realize the benefits of AWS cloud scalability while planning for long-term modernization of your applications. Contact us today to start your migration with a Cloudamize assessment.

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