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The benefits of the cloud are well documented: lower operational costs, better workforce productivity, fewer risks, greater business agility, etc. Yet despite the advantages, some businesses hesitate to move some workloads to the cloud—particularly those running on Windows, Oracle, and SAP.
Evaluate your Migration Needs
Use this interactive module to discover how AWS can help you simplify migration, how we’ve helped thousands of organizations migrate just about any application, and why AWS is the best choice to help you realize all the benefits cloud has to offer.
Completing the module takes just a few clicks, and at the end, you’ll gain access to customized results and insightful case studies filled with examples of how AWS has helped businesses like yours reach their goals by migrating their applications to the cloud.
Your on-premises architecture may be holding you back
While running your applications on premises has its advantages, it also comes with its fair share of headaches. Buying and setting up your infrastructure is expensive, time-consuming, and logistically complex. It’s difficult to make changes quickly to match evolving business demands. And availability and application performance can be spotty, especially during peak periods of demand.
Catapult your business into a faster, more efficient era with AWS
As the most complete cloud offering on the market, AWS is the trusted choice for forward-thinking businesses. On average, our customers see infrastructure cost savings in the range of 30%. With AWS, you can modernize your applications for speed and agility to respond to changing business demands. AWS has the best global infrastructure to maximize availability and performance for your most demanding applications. And as an AWS customer, you will benefit from a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most risk-sensitive organizations.
The success of your Windows workloads in the cloud depends on the success of your cloud provider running Windows. AWS is the most popular, secure, and reliable cloud for Windows. AWS runs nearly 2x more Windows Server instances than the next largest cloud provider (according to a report from IDC). The number of enterprise customers that use Amazon EC2 for Windows Server has grown 5x since 2015 and you get the benefit of that experience and success for your workloads.
Windows workloads require a broad set of capabilities to run properly and AWS has the features and services that best fit your applications. You can select from a number of Windows Server versions, including the latest version, Windows Server 2019. In addition, AWS supports everything you need to build and run Windows applications including Active Directory, .NET, System Center, Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Studio, and the first and only fully managed native-Windows file system available in the cloud with FSx for Windows File Server.
If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll have plenty of options. As a Windows on AWS customer, you’ll receive support from both AWS and Microsoft. AWS is a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, licensed to resell Microsoft software, an authorized License Mobility partner, and a Microsoft Gold Certified Hosting Partner.
Fast and flexible
AWS has a wide variety of compute and storage services certified for SAP application workloads designed to meet the needs of even the most demanding SAP software landscapes. Instances are typically deployed within a matter of minutes. Customers can usually provision fully functioning SAP HANA environments on AWS in one hour or less.
Certified and supported
SAP and AWS have collaborated since 2011, and SAP has certified AWS for production deployment of SAP apps, platforms, and databases. SAP even trusts AWS to host its own workloads and has since 2008. Confidently deploy your mission-critical workloads on AWS, knowing that Amazon EC2 meets the performance and availability needs of demanding infrastructures like those of SAP.
Reliable and resilient
Amazon EC2 is designed for 99.99% availability across each EC2 Region. Combining the AWS global infrastructure, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon CloudWatch, and Amazon EC2 Auto Recovery with native SAP HANA functionality provides you with many options for architecting a highly available and disaster-tolerant SAP HANA software system on AWS.
Now you can provision instances in minutes while automating operation system and database patching. VMware Cloud on AWS supports high-availability architectures such as Oracle RAC while leveraging your existing license agreements.
Simplify Oracle to AWS migration by using vMotion and by bringing your own IP address. Run multi-point hybrid cloud solutions with on-premises VMware environment, VMware Cloud on AWS, and connected accounts. For variable workload requirements, on-demand scalability shortens demand-forecasting cycles and reduces spend on over-provisioned hardware capacity.
Optimized services and recovery
Integrate with native AWS services such as S3 for database, backup, storage, and archival. Oracle workloads can use VMware Cloud on AWS as a disaster recovery (DR) pilot light, scaling them as needed. With accelerated provisioning and simplified migration, you can be up and running in a DR site faster
More time to innovate
When you migrate applications to AWS, your IT staff can shift more of its focus away from routine admin work, such as provisioning, monitoring, and maintaining hardware and systems. Instead, IT can concentrate more on higher-value activities, such as increasing automation to improve quality and reliability or developing new features for your customers.
AWS allows you to scale globally without capacity constraints. No other cloud provider offers as many Regions with multiple Availability Zones. The AWS Cloud spans more than 65 Availability Zones with 21 geographic Regions around the world and has announced plans for more Availability Zones and Regions.
Maximum availability and reliability
To offer maximum resiliency against system disruptions, AWS builds its data centers across multiple Availability Zones. These zones consist of separate buildings kilometers apart, providing complete redundancy. An IDC study found that enterprises that moved to AWS experienced, on average, 94% less downtime compared to their on-premises environments.2
Global energy company Hess decided to streamline its business to focus on energy exploration and production (E&P). As part of the process, the company announced its intention to divest its downstream businesses. Hess worked with AWS to separate business systems and data for potential buyers, completing the project in six months—less than half the time it would have taken using physical servers.Read the full story >>
Educational solutions company Macmillan Learning found a winner with Launchpad, a widely popular digital-learning application. By migrating Launchpad to AWS, Macmillan Learning can more easily scale support a user base that’s exponentially expanding each school year. The company can now provision new instances in minutes. And it’s using the agility of AWS to go to market faster with new application features and services.Read the full story >>
Kellogg’s needed a solution that could accommodate terabytes of data and scale according to infrastructure needs—without breaking its IT budget. With AWS, the company is now running the SAP Accelerated Trade Promotion Management (TPM) solution. Kellogg’s estimates that it will save close to a million dollars in software, hardware, and maintenance over the next five years.Read the full story >>
Measuring business performance was a top priority—and challenge—for international energy provider ENGIE. With AWS, ENGIE created a new business framework to address the issue—completing the project in half the planned time while also upgrading its SAP platform to SAP S/4HANA. ENGIE cut costs by reducing the size of its SAP HANA databases and by avoiding the ongoing procurement of on-premises hardware.Read the full story >>
Australia Finance Group, one of the largest mortgage aggregators in Australia, achieved performance gains and operational cost savings through AWS that allowed it to expand its development team by 68 percent. The injection of new talent has allowed the company to complete developments faster and take on new projects with less risk.Read the full story >>
Thomas was seeking more efficient, cost-effective way to increase the performance of its existing Oracle applications and database technologies without the need for a major investment in physical hardware. Moving to AWS, the company was able to immediately shut-down its largest data center, eliminating hundreds of thousands of dollars in associated real estate and facility, and power and cooling costs.Read the full story >>
As one of the world’s leading media companies, Time Inc. maintains a global print audience of over 120 million readers and digital properties that attract more than 120 million unique visitors each month. The company is going all in on the cloud, migrating global data centers to AWS—enabling it to focus on creating great content for its customers instead of managing and provisioning new IT infrastructure.Read the full story >>
Thomas Publishing Company offers content that connects manufacturing buyers and suppliers worldwide. Seeking to reduce costs and bring new offerings to market faster, Thomas chose to migrate to AWS. The move ultimately saved Thomas hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate, operations, and power and cooling costs. And with AWS, the company’s developers can now spin up resources for a new website in one day instead of weeks.Read the full story >>
Reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) is a key benefit most organizations seek when migrating to the cloud. With AWS, you can achieve continuously optimized and predictable spend. You no longer have to overprovision infrastructure to ensure you have enough capacity to handle your business operations during peak demand. Instead, you can provision only the amount of resources that you actually need, knowing you can instantly scale up or down as your business changes.
When GE Oil and Gas migrated a significant portion of its applications to AWS, the company decreased TCO by 52%.
Increased productivity for IT staff and developers
By accelerating application development and deployment, automating application management, and switching to IaaS, migrating to AWS allows your IT staff to become significantly more productive. A 2018 IDC study projected that, on average, IT infrastructure teams will be 62% more efficient and application developers 25% more productive after migrating to AWS.
Live Nation, owner of Ticketmaster, saw a 50% reduction in traditional IT operations tasks and a 10x increase in their innovation pipeline with AWS.
Better application performance and availability
When you migrate to AWS, your applications benefit from the world’s most powerful, secure, and innovative compute cloud. Unlock application performance by scaling out deployments with on-demand capacity and the option to move to more powerful compute and storage offerings to meet peak demand. A 2018 IDC study found that enterprises that migrated to AWS experienced, on average, 94% less downtime as compared to their on-premises environments.
AWS has been architected to be the most flexible and secure cloud-computing environment available today. This is backed by a deep set of cloud security tools, with 203 security, compliance, and governance services and key features. Moreover, AWS supports 85 security standards and compliance certifications and all 116 AWS services that store customer data offer the ability to encrypt that data.
Learn from AWS Professional Services how to elevate security for your organization with AWS.
Agility and speed to meet changing business needs
When migrating to AWS, your organization immediately gains new speed and agility to respond to business needs. For example, instead of the traditional 10-12 weeks to provision new infrastructure when your business takes-off, you can scale-up servers on demand, and turn them off when the peak season is over. You’ll unleash innovation, moving from idea to implementation several orders of magnitude faster.
3M Health Information Systems reduced its server-provisioning process from 10 weeks to minutes, and increased its rate of deployments from once every six weeks to once a week.
Develop your cloud business case with simplified and proven methodology
Building a successful business case for migration begins by aligning IT with business needs and ensuring that your cloud investments can be traced to demonstrable business results. AWS Migration Services helps you assess your on-premises resources and build a right-sized and optimized cost projection for migrating your applications to AWS. Our Cloud Value Framework helps you identify additional areas of business value, such as cost savings derived from workforce productivity gains, operational efficiencies, and business agility.Learn more about AWS migration >>
Automatically determine application dependencies
To build your migration plan, you need an understanding of current resource utilization and the dependencies between existing applications and resources. With AWS, that process becomes much easier than it sounds. AWS Application Discovery Service automatically collects and analyzes this information for you. You can also leverage AWS Migration Competency Partners such as RISC Networks, Cloudamize, Deloitte ATADATA, and Turbonomic. The resulting insights can help you make better and easier decisions about your migration.
Utilize proven application migration strategies
Based on our years of experience helping organizations of all sizes migrate their application portfolios to AWS, we can help you reduce the complexities of migration—so you can start seeing business benefits faster. Our best practices and automation help you categorize and analyze everything in your environment to determine the best migration strategy. Looking to rehost a large number of machines quickly? CloudEndure Migration can essentially lift and shift your entire environment to AWS, where you can more easily modernize applications.Get strategies for accelerating migration to AWS >>
Easily find, buy, deploy, and manage the right software and services
Your existing software portfolio represents a significant investment. AWS Marketplace is a curated digital catalog that helps you reduce costs by not over-purchasing with an in-perpetuity license. You can find, buy, deploy, and manage third-party software and services to build solutions for your business. You can also bring your own license to AWS, or move to a fully managed open-source solution. For example, instead of paying for long-term contracts and support fees for a commercial messaging broker, you can easily migrate to the fully managed, industry standards-based Amazon MQ service.Learn more about AWS migration >>
Minimize business disruption during migration
AWS Migration Services minimizes nearly all business disruptions during migration activities and cutover windows. AWS CloudEndure Migration uses continuous, real-time replication of source machines to shorten cutover windows. AWS Database Migration Service also uses continuous replication to migrate your databases to AWS. After migration is complete, the target database remains synchronized with the source, allowing you to switch over the database at a convenient time. You can also quickly relocate vSphere VMs using vMotion for a live migration from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS.Learn more about AWS migration >>
Build the cloud skills you need with your existing staff
Your staff has an existing wealth of knowledge that you need to make your cloud journey successful. But they may not have all the skills they need to get the most of the cloud. The good news: technical staff tend to be fast, eager learners. AWS Training and Certification can help your staff leverage their existing IT skills and institutional knowledge to transition to cloud roles and deepen their cloud expertise. Our hundreds of free digital courses can help your team build new skills, whenever and wherever it’s convenient.
Get expertise where, when, and how you need it
AWS and our AWS Partner Network deliver deep AWS expertise where, when, and how you need it to help accelerate your time-to-value. AWS Training helps build your team’s skills to empower you to succeed on your own. We can augment your team’s skills with experts from AWS Professional Services or from one of our partners with proven large migration experience. AWS Managed Services can operate your AWS infrastructure on your behalf, and ease your migration by providing a production-ready environment in days. AWS Customer Enablement is the answer to “how” you can move faster and achieve success.Learn more about AWS migration >>
Build a secure, flexible, and scalable operating model for the cloud
When migrating to AWS, you need the freedom and agility to innovate—while also enforcing controls to protect against risk. Start with building your Cloud Foundation Team: a small group responsible for catalyzing your migration. Charge the team to create guardrails around security, availability, reliability, and compliance. With AWS Control Tower, you can set up these guardrails quickly and easily. Control Tower automates the setup of a baseline environment for running secure and scalable workloads in AWS. This gives you maximum control—without sacrificing speed and agility.Learn more about AWS migration >>
Elevate your security and reduce compliance risks
Undoubtedly, your organization has invested in building multiple layers of security and maintaining compliance with global, regional, and national standards. Security at AWS is our top priority, too. When you migrate workloads to AWS, you can achieve a higher security posture than in your legacy environment—with greater agility. As an AWS customer, regardless of your size or investment, you inherit all the benefits of our experience, which has been tested against the strictest third-party assurance frameworks.Learn more about AWS Cloud Security >>