Cloud is no longer a new term in the ears of many. One knows it’s a better way of managing technology and delivering business value above tech complexities. Despite this knowledge, many organizations are still using servers and cannot transition to Cloud, and some are unwilling to make a move.
Those who have been “convicted” to take their leap of faith have their eyes on AWS as an option to migrate, but they have no clear migration plans. This becomes a new conversation with business leaders interested in the sustainability and reliability of technology for their internal operations and customers.
We address the three major issues a business leader should consider while engaging in cloud migration.
While hosting in Nairobi/Local hosting, one of the major challenges is the hosters want you to subscribe to huge computing power in anticipation of scale. This is a rigorous process in that you must undergo a contract negotiation with figures and server specifications that you grapple with understanding as a non-technical leader. This then becomes a salesperson art. They now have a new game where they ask you to migrate to their servers for two months and feel the service. Once you are in, you are locked in for one year, and it does not matter if you are using the services; you will have to pay in full for them.
On the flip side, AWS gives you a utility service where with just a Visa card, and one dollar, you can open an account, get 1,000 USD AWS activate for startup credit, and run your services as you optimize. This is the art of a good Managed Cloud Service Provider who understands the cloud adoption journey and ensures you have a clear transition to the cloud. AWS allows you to pay when you use a service at the hourly and even minute levels. Once you stop using the service, the billing stops. This allows a business to develop a budget that can be allocated to identify migration costs, and clear sustainable decisions are achievable, especially while setting price ceilings.
2. Time to Value
While migrating to Cloud, time is critical for it defines when business customers will have a sustainable service. The time it takes for local hosters to understand the infrastructure required, the right design, the networks to be in place, licensing involved, etc., is a laborious process that businesses go through to host systems. Worst still, there is no added value to the migration; it’s a transfer of underlying infrastructure responsibility to someone else.
If migrating to AWS, the migration process is anchored on the MSP that is helping you transition. In our case, the cloud architecture is a critical success factor, for it defines how everything will work out and goes ahead and gives an estimate of the budget and the transformation journey from migrating to serverless.
3. Skills gap spaghetti menace
Many businesses are getting into the skill gap that emanates from having different teams working on different aspects of migration and not having a harmony of operations. The other problem is that it does not have a clear design determining how things are set up. You end up with an unsustainable implementation for operations, future integrations, and business.
With AWS’s well-architected framework, you are guaranteed that all implementations will be cost-efficient, reliable, sustainable, secure, operationally excellent, and performance optimized. This great value comes with migrating to AWS compared to local hosters.
So what next?
It is paramount for a business leader to understand that cloud is a utility that has the following principles:
- Pay for what you use
- Pay for when you use it
- Pay for how much you use
- No upfront commitment; commitment is a choice
- Scalability and Simplicity are king
- Serve yourself
If you consider this important, then you are the right candidate to be migrated to AWS, and we are here to guide you through.