A GUIDE TO DISASTER RECOVERY ON AWS
THE DO'S AND DON'Ts AWS CLOUD MIGRATION - THE GROWTH

These days, moving apps and services to the Cloud has become almost a business-critical need for most organizations. This is happening as Enterprises understand that moving to the cloud enables innovation and transformation by disrupting the current IT landscape. Cloud platforms enable complex businesses models to achieve their goals with a lot more ease than earlier. The adoption of Cloud Services has been continuously increasing in the small & medium businesses (SMB) sector. With 74% of Tech Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) claiming that cloud computing will have the most measurable impact on their business in 2017, Cloud computing is projected to increase from $67B in 2015 to $162B in 2020 attaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%. Additionally, Gartner predicts that the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017 to $246.8B, up from $209.2B in 2016.

However, even though cloud environments are usually flexible and reliable, organizations need to factor in a lot of variables across a multitude of cloud migration services available today to select the best migration partner, service model etc. One of the options available is the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

But why should an organization move to AWS? Let’s find out!

To begin with, AWS cloud migration helps Enterprises to migrate to the cloud in a seamless fashion. AWS services such as AWS Snowball, AWS Database Migration Service, and VM Import/Export have been helping organizations across all industries to accelerate their cloud migration plans.

Amazon’s latest quarterly results show Amazon Web Services (AWS) attained 43% year-over-year growth, contributing 10% of consolidated revenue and 89% of consolidated operating income. The research firm Wikibon in its report ‘Wikibon report preview: How big can Amazon Web Services get?’ predicts that by 2022, Amazon Web Services (AWS) will reach $43B in revenue, and be 8.2% of all cloud spending.

Organizations prefer using the AWS Cloud migration as they get multiple infrastructural benefits such as better computing power, bigger and economical storage options, robust networking facilities, and databases available on-demand. The best part is that all these benefits can be availed at pay-as-you-go pricing within seconds.

Utilizing AWS cloud migration helps businesses achieve their goals by helping them:

  1. Define the need and approach to cloud computing to bring about the changes required.
  2. Build a strong base for their workload on AWS by analyzing and verifying their application portfolio, and seamlessly integrating their IT environment with the solutions based on AWS services.
  3. Design and optimize business apps to be cloud-aware, to be able to take maximum advantage of the AWS benefits.
  4. Meet their requirement of internal and external compliance by developing and implementing automated security policies and controls.

It’s no wonder then that AWS has become the most preferred Cloud Solution for most enterprises.

DO’S and DON’TS OF AWS CLOUD MIGRATION SERVICES
AS A DISASTER RECOVERY CLOUD

In the business world, Disaster recovery (DR) involves getting ready and recuperating from an incident that negatively impacts a company’s business continuity or financial profitability.

The measure of investment for DR can vary drastically for each organization, depending on the expense of a potential blackout. Organizations that depend on traditional physical environments normally must copy and backup their data to guarantee accessibility in the event of a disaster. Amid ordinary operations, DR frameworks are commonly underused or over-provisioned.

With Amazon Web Services, organizations can scale up its framework on an as-required, pay-as-you-go model and have access to profoundly secure, solid, and fast foundation that Amazon uses to run its worldwide network of web properties. AWS also offers you the flexibility to swiftly change and optimize assets amid a DR event, which can bring huge savings.

Here are a few pointers to help you when evaluating DR readiness in AWS.

The Do’s of AWS Cloud Migration Services

Plan a roadmap of cloud adoption. The value of a cloud grows as you consolidate more workloads on it. Thus, it is important when choosing a cloud platform that is extensible to meet not just your immediate needs, but also your longer-term needs. It helps to plan a roadmap of where you want to take your cloud adoption. Most businesses want to start with a few new cloud apps and grow to add more of the enterprise and legacy IT apps as cloud services. Knowing this upfront will help you avoid getting locked into a narrow cloud platform that won’t be able to accommodate both your cloud-native and traditional enterprise workloads. Most cloud platforms are built to run one or the other, but not both.

Create a complete Backup

After a disaster, apart from data, there are many other critical things that need to be recovered to resume operations such as application settings, IT infrastructure modules, and more. With the right data backup software or virtualization coordination, a business can move more than just data and guarantee its systems will be completely operational if a tornado, power blackout, or another disaster occurs.

Be prepared, be safe

Innovation may also result in defects, planning can go astray, and employees can commit errors. To quickly turn around and start performing business as usual after disaster strikes, organizations need to be prepared at all times to face any untoward incidents. They must be sure about their recovering capacity by executing the right instruments and following the right processes.

Choose a proper tool or technique to back up your data into AWS cloud migration
The first step towards safeguarding your data is to migrate it from your on-premise system to AWS. AWS offers AWS DirectConnect and Import/Export services that consider quicker deployment. For instance, if you have a changing database like a stock market or e-commerce store you will require a very high Recovery Point Objective (RPO). However, if your data is, for the most part, stationary with a low recurrence of changes, you can choose intermittent incremental reinforcement. Presently, when a disaster strikes, Elastic Compute Capacity (EC2) utilizes Elastic Block Store (EBS) combined with AMIs to retrieve data from the Simple Storage Service (S3) and then restore your system to keep it going.

Frequently test the recovery of your data

AWS helps control a lot more costs when compared with maintaining your data centers. Imagine the costs involved in purchasing and keeping up servers and data centers, ensuring stable connectivity, and not to mention keeping them secure during a disaster scenario. In times of unusual or explosive traffic, it would be strenuous to set up a new data center to handle the increase. To all these points, AWS cloud migration gives consistent and reliable scalability, as well as lower costs.

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The Dont's of AWS Cloud Migration Services

Don’t wait

Organizations usually do not invest in robust, end-to-end disaster recovery software thinking that they really don’t need it – at least immediately. This is where they go wrong as disaster is just something waiting to happen. With the multitude of options available today, organizations can lessen the expense of its disaster recovery arrangements without decreasing efficiency. In fact, they can achieve profitability. It’s important that you test your architecture in AWS, making sure it works regularly.

Avoid updating systems without guaranteed backup arrangements

Another significant misstep that organizations make is overhauling equipment and IT systems to a point where its backup innovation can no longer bolster them. Whenever making a significant change(s) in production environments, every organization needs to verify its backup software can handle those changes, or consider the risk of incompatibility and business disruption.

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CSS Corp’s Cloud Transformation services and solutions (CloudMAP, CloudPATH, and CloudDRIVE) enable enterprises to simplify migration planning, weed out complexities to improve productivity and move beyond Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Platform as a Service (PaaS), to optimize cost and boost operational efficiency. Our Integrated Cloud Service Delivery model is optimized based on your business needs, to enable you to remain relevant, grow and stay ahead of the competition, all the time. It ensures agility in design, to cater to continuous and accelerating change in requirements.

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