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Cloud Migration Factory: Best Practices for Large-Scale Enterprise Migrations

AWS offers best practices and services for managing the migration of thousands of enterprise applications.

A Cloud Migration can be as simple as the ‘lift and shift’ of a single application, or it can see an enterprise organization migrate thousands of applications over the course of many years.

Businesses like the Zurich Insurance Group plan to migrate its entire enterprise IT infrastructure estate to AWS, and has set itself a goal of moving 1,000 of its applications off-premise by 2025.

This scale of migration project requires an appropriate scale of methodology and tool-set, what is known as a ‘Cloud Migration Factory‘.

Many enterprises face challenges when deciding what migration tools to use for migrating a large number of servers quickly, without performance disruptions, and with minimal cutover windows. Rehost migrations involve many small, manual tasks, with each task taking time to execute. These manual processes are slow and hard to scale.

As AWS describes a migration factory consists of teams, tools, and processes that work together to streamline migrations in a systematic way, incorporating lessons learned from previous migration waves. The migration factory applies patterns, which accelerate workload migrations and improve the final outcome.

They offer a range of supporting best practice insights and guides:

Executing a Large-scale Migration & Modernization

In this presentation and this one they share general experiences of managing these complex migration projects, sharing best practices and lessons learned from thousands of large-scale cloud migrations from around the world, and the latest methods and tooling that have expanded AWS migration capabilities to assist organizations in migrating all of their data center assets.

This includes a Federal Agency’s journey to cloud readiness and the playbook that helped them accelerate the deployment and operationalization of their AWS environment.

Although each customer has their own unique requirements, AWS Professional Services has identified the most common operational patterns from more than 1,000 engagements over the past 6+ years. Hear how the agency leveraged the AWS repeatable methodology along with agile project delivery tools to increase transparency at the executive level and accelerate velocity within the Shared Services, Compliance, and Application Teams.

Agile Cloud Migration

In a series of presentations AWS describes how Cloud Migrations can be managed via an Agile approach.

These provide a comprehensive primer on a wholesale transformation framework that is based on and can integrate with existing Agile practices, achieved through building a Cloud Centre of Excellence and referencing thought leaders such as Gene Kim’s Phoenix Project and Jez Humble’s Lean Enterprise principles.

Pattern-based migrations

Establishing technical patterns is critical to drive organization-wide transformation and key to rapid migrations. Identifying application patterns at an abstract portfolio level allows the development of migration plans to deliver rapid and consistent business outcomes for your organization.

Leveraging a modular design approach to create prebuilt and customizable opinionated blueprint architectures enables self-service and autonomy for the engineering teams.

This presentation shares how JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) is accelerating its cloud migration by leveraging reusable cloud blueprints. Cloud blueprints are standardized, automated, secure, and repeatable cloud architectures that can be deployed for common uses cases.

Learn how JPMC is using automated governance and compliance at scale, leveraging the flywheel effect for acceleration. Also, learn how JPMC defined their initial blueprints, threat modeling, and risk mitigation controls and standardized their offerings using AWS and infrastructure as code technologies to provide self-service capabilities to developers.

CloudEndure Migration Factory

The AWS CloudEndure Migration Factory (CEMF) is an orchestration platform powered by AWS Application Migration Service for rehosting servers to AWS at scale. The solution is designed to coordinate and automate many of the manual processes involved with migration, helping customers with their medium-scale to large-scale migrations.

The CEMF is designed to coordinate and automate many of the manual migration processes. In this session, learn more about how this solution leverages CloudEndure to simplify, expedite, and reduce the cost of cloud migration by offering a highly automated lift-and-shift capability.

It is is designed to coordinate and automate many manual migration processes. This session guides you through the CEMF and shares best practices for large-scale migrations. The session includes a quick demo based on real customer examples to show you how automation can help accelerate large-scale migrations.

This demo walks you through the steps of using Application Migration Service (MGN) along with the CEMF to plan and execute such migrations with much less time and effort using automations.

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