Plan Your Journey to Migrate Microsoft Workloads onto AWS Cloud
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Plan Your Journey to Migrate Microsoft Workloads onto AWS Cloud
Watch our on demand webinar presented by AWS’s EMEA Partner Development Specialist, John Noakes, and Mark Jackson from Perfect Image. Learn how to strategically plan your migration of Microsoft workloads onto AWS cloud.
During this session John and Mark explore:
- Why cloud is the perfect solution for today’s and future IT demands
- Considerations and options for your journey to migration
- Why migrate your Microsoft workloads to AWS rather than other CSPs
- Key AWS offerings and incentives you need to know
- A customer story of migrating Microsoft workloads to AWS
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Why AWS for your Microsoft workloads?
Do any of the following sound familiar to you?
- You’re due a hardware or datacentre refresh
- Your Microsoft apps don’t perform efficiently to a dispersed workforce
- You’ve struggled technically because of remote working
- You need better IT flexibility/scalability due to COVID-19 and changes to staff employment
Then AWS could be just what you need.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a leading cloud provider and has been relentlessly innovating since 2006. AWS has been running Windows workloads for 11 years and runs nearly 2x as many Windows Server instances than any other cloud provider. And with 7x fewer downtime hours than the next largest cloud provider, AWS is the right choice for Microsoft workloads and almost any other IT workload.
To set itself apart from competitors, AWS has massively expanded from just cloud compute and storage with new services including AI, database, machine learning, serverless deployments and edge computing. What’s more, AWS has seen a 4x increase in partner-led customer migrations globally – so you’re in safe hands.
Common Questions About Hosting Microsoft Workloads on AWS
John Noakes, EMEA Microsoft Partner Development Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS) started us off with common questions customers ask, such as:
- What do I have in my environment?
- How do I get started?
- Does AWS support my on-premises workloads?
- If it is a Windows workload, shouldn’t I consider Azure first?
- How can I lower my total cost of ownership (TCO)?
- How do I move these workloads?
- How does Microsoft licensing work on AWS?
- Is AWS more expensive than Azure?
- What should I move to the cloud?
- Can I move my existing licences?
- What do we do after we migrate?
Microsoft Workloads on AWS: The Stats
We then explored the statistics about hosting Microsoft workloads on an AWS cloud environment, such as:
- 70% of Enterprise applications are Windows based (IDC).
- 82% of Windows applications are still on-premises (IDC).
- 50% of enterprise customers are planning to migrate to the cloud within the next 24 months (Gartner).
- 43% of on-premises SQL/Windows Servers are version 2008 or older (TSO Logic).
- 91% of enterprise customers have Windows Servers or SQL licensing (Microsoft).
Cloud Priorities for UK Organisations
John then took us through the typical priorities for an organisation that is interested in adopting cloud computing. This included:
- Digital Transformation
- Going global quickly, M&A
- Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML)
- Data centre consolidation
- Outsourcing changes
- Improved operational resilience, scalability and security
- Agility and staff productivity
And typically the highest priority: cost reduction.
John explained this is because organisations want to do more with less, and make their money go further – particularly in the economic climate we’re currently in.
AWS has offerings, services and capabilities to meet all of the priorities listed above, and by working with a solution provider such as Perfect Image, you can get started very quickly with a cost-efficient, powerful, tailored cloud solution.
How AWS & Perfect Image Can Help You: Pricing Philosophy
AWS’s core DNA is driving down cost and increasing productivity for their customers.
This is achieved in the following ways:
Trade CapEx for variable expense – pay for what you use.
AWS’s economy of scale provides customers with lower costs – 85 AWS price reductions since 2006.
Pricing model choices to support variable AND stable workloads – with on-demand, spot and reserved instances.
Save more money as your organisation grows – with tiered pricing, volume discounts, and custom pricing.
Amazon EC2 Purchase Options
It is best to use the right model for the right workload. As your organisation gets bigger, there are further opportunities to save money.
Some of your options include the following:
Pay for compute capacity by the second with no long-term commitments. This is ideal for spiky workloads.
Make a 1 or 3 year commitment and receive a significant discount off on-demand prices. This is perfect for committed and steady-state usage.
Same great discounts as Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances, but with more flexibility. This enables committed, flexible access to compute resources.
Spare Amazon EC2 capacity at savings of up to 90% off On-Demand prices. This is great for fault-tolerant, flexible, stateless workloads.
Not sure which is best for you? Simply fill in our short form to request a free consultation, and we’ll call you back shortly to discuss your options.
What Sets AWS Cloud Apart From Competitors?
John explained that there are a number of ways that AWS outstrips its competitors.
Security: Fine-grained control.
Service Breadth & Depth and Pace of Innovation: 210+ services to support any cloud workload with rapid customer-driven releases.
Experience – 1 Million+ Customers: Building and managing cloud since 2006.
Global Footprint: 77 Availability Zones within 24 geographic Regions, 216 Points of Presence in 84 cities across 42 countries.
Machine Learning: More Machine Learning happens on AWS than anywhere else – ML in the hands of every developer and data scientist.
Ecosystem: Tens of thousands of APN partners (like Perfect Image – we’re an Advanced AWS Consulting Partner with specialisms in Microsoft Workloads and Public Sector).
Enterprise Leader: AWS positioned as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide.
Microsoft on AWS Customer Use Cases
There are four typical customer use cases for adopting AWS.
1. Migrate Windows Server VMs to AWS
Aim: To retire technical debt and increase reliability.
2. Optimise SQL Server on AWS EC2 or RDS
Aim: Increase performance and resilience.
3. Modernise .NET applications
Aim: Deploy faster and save money.
4. Innovate and drive business agility
Aim: Drive digital transformation.
Perfect Image Customer Success Stories
To learn more about how our customers have benefitted from hosting Microsoft workloads on an AWS cloud environment, take a look at our customer success stories.
We helped Bellway Homes to build upon their existing AWS cloud infrastructure to securely and cost-efficiently host their bespoke financial systems.
We helped Miro Forestry to migrate their on-premises Microsoft Dynamics GP solution to an AWS cloud environment.
Migration of web servers and SQL database to AWS running Microsoft services for more robust and accessible platform for their web content and hosting.