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If you are the ‘one’ who wishes to further develop the learning about Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud adoption, security and information technology space, then this article is definitely for you.
AWS, an Amazon division, is constituted by various cloud computing services and products. It offers highly scalable and cost-effective servers, storage, mobile security, remote computing, etc., to businesses, nonprofit organizations and government organizations across the world. It hosts famous websites like Netflix Inc., Instagram, Airbnb, Expedia and many more.
It won’t be an overstatement to say that it’s the most cost-effective way to provide computational resources, stored data, and other applications to businesses. Gartner reported that "AWS remains the dominant market leader, not only in IaaS, but also in integrated IaaS+PaaS, with a revenue run rate of more than $14 billion."
AWS benefits hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide with a robust, safe, reliable, and scalable IT services platform. The key advantages of AWS are:
AWS CAF is a framework of best practices and guidelines to step up an organization's shift to cloud computing. It provides an actionable plan to organizations and helps them understand the difference cloud adoption can make to their core processes and skills, and gives a structure to identify and fix gaps in those processes and skills required.
But you may think why is cloud computing so important for organizations? Cloud computing offers businesses the following advantages over legacy IT systems:
AWS Cloud Adoption Framework is segregated into different focus areas (also called “perspectives”) that are critical to employing cloud-based IT systems. These different focus areas empower the businesses to ensure that all their enterprise processes are gearing in the right direction of planning, implementation and putting cloud-based IT capabilities into practice. The different areas of focus include:
Reaching Higher Standards of Computing with AWS
Jeff Bezos compared AWS to the utility companies of the early 1900s. Almost a century ago, when a company used to need electricity, it would focus on erecting its own power plant. However on the arrival of public utility companies, that company no longer needed the private electric plant and rather purchases it from the public utility company. AWS is mimicking the same model by making the company shift from physical computing to the cloud.
With AWS, your business can easily estimate the amount of resources needed for computing, storage, and networking. Such resources are readily available to your team within a few minutes. AWS makes it easy for the environment to be reconfigured, updated and scaled up or down quickly. It optimizes the spending and usage patterns too. AWS services steadily emerge as an operational expense, and not capital expense.
To transcend the cloud adoption journey, organizations need to discuss some fundamental changes and also the support of all stakeholders is required for the changes to be implemented successfully across the organization.
The AWS CAF provides a plan to address skill gaps, revamp current processes and introduce new ones in every function within your organization to leverage the full potential of cloud computing. A large number of organizations worldwide have successfully migrated to the cloud with AWS offering them with the required tools and resources at every step of the transition.
According to article “Almost Half of IT Migrations Doomed to Fail” published in Nextgov, 44% of companies experienced a migration failure, and 66% experienced a migration delay.
There could be multiple reasons for cloud migration failures.
Often these challenges result in augmented costs, longer time to value and no action.
Cloud adoption journey varies from company to company. For you to be able to implement it successfully within your organization, you need to have an in-depth knowledge of the current state of your business, goals and the shift you need to make to attain your business objectives.
Armed with the knowledge of the current state of your business, you can set up goals and work streams that your team will operate on the cloud. You would need to keep your stakeholders in loop of the relevant AWS CAF perspective to ensure seamless cloud adoption. In the discovery phase, you will be able to identify skill gaps, define the required work streams, and establish interdependencies between the different work streams to optimize collaboration on AWS. This cross-team collaboration will help you automate the software delivery process and infrastructure alterations to make your organization more agile and optimize business outcomes in the cloud environment. The AWS CAF can also help you ensure that the strategies and plans across your organization are foolproof and in sync with your business goals.
We, at CSS Corp, launched the automated cloud migration assessment and planning solution – CloudMAP – that removes manual intervention and human errors by automating the complete assessment process and identifying the complexities in your business, operational and technical landscape.
CloudMAP assesses your current infrastructure and the scope for scalability to find out the “candidates” that are apt for migration. Its capabilities to build a clean blueprint help to identify the challenges, complexities and the amount of effort needed for migration. CloudMAP, if used correctly, can reduce up to 30% time to market and 40% in TCO.
CloudPATH is a simplified, industrialized and predictable way of migrating enterprise workload through refactoring, re-platforming and live workload migration. It’s a playbook for accelerated transformation and hosting in the cloud – blueprint-based migration design and automate deployment.
This solution aids in application and data migration; application remediation services; public cloud set up; private cloud architecture and setup; security architecture for the cloud; application platform-as-a-service; design and development of integration services; public and private cloud integration; cloud interoperability with enterprise assets; etc.
CloudDRIVE is a CSS Corp’s next-generation performance monitoring, diagnostics and optimization platform. This solution ensures continuous optimization and maximized benefits from day one of cloud migration. CloudDRIVE facilitates consolidation of different monitoring activities into a single, dynamic dashboard. The deployment tracking capability of the tool measures the impact in performance before and after the deployment.
CloudDRIVE yields substantial benefits which include 30-40% improvement in operational efficiency, 20-25% reduction in cloud management, besides increased availability and reduced complexity. This tool assists businesses in hybrid cloud management; platform-centric operations; nextgen cloud operations center; service performance monitoring, diagnostics and optimization; security audit and monitoring; SLA-driven service assurance and support.
CSS Corp's Cloud Transformation services enables enterprises to simplify migration planning, remove complexities to boost productivity, and move beyond infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Platform as a Service (PaaS), to optimize cost and boost operational efficiency.
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