Migrating to AWS Cloud: what’s in it for you and how do you do it right?

June 1, 2020 Corporate Blog

by Alexey Zhukovsky

Cloud migration is a modern, intelligent strategic approach to elevating business, which may unlock benefits from day one. Among the perks are better scalability, agility, flexibility, cost reduction, facilitated system deployment and recovery.

Many companies, including such industry giants as Pinterest, Netflix, General Electric or Expedia Group, have employed cloud solutions for modernizing their existing workflows. Be it financial transactions or storage of terabytes of data, these companies have benefited immensely from the changes they introduced.

However, cloud migration is not an easy task. For smooth migration, companies need to make sure it’s a worthwhile long-term investment, then draw up a solid plan and find a reliable tech vendor to help them execute it.

In this article, we illuminate some real-life case studies of migrating to AWS Cloud that demonstrate the proven benefits of moving on-premise software onto cloud servers.

Learn from the best: perks of cloud migration

How Easy Pay increased the speed of transaction processing

Easy Pay is a platform used by retailers to handle inventory, transaction and sales data. It supports about 6,000 transactions daily. Let’s take a look at how their migration to AWS Cloud increased the speed of transaction by more than 50%.

The problem

The issue was that the transaction processing time was too long. The insufficient capacity of an on-premise server affected the speed at which customers were served: the downtime often reached up to 20 minutes. It was not enough to maintain positive customer experience. And when the server went down, it resulted in financial losses for the business.

The company needed a robust system that would be capable of processing payments at a much greater speed than the company’s server could. It was vital for the business to find a highly scalable solution given the fluctuations in customer demand and the number of transactions. Easy Pay decided on migrating target workloads to the cloud.

The solution and result

AWS Cloud helped the company to reduce transaction time by more than 50% and doubled the total volume of transaction processing per day. With AWS Cloud, it takes the company minutes to launch a server. Also, the cloud solution allowed it to adopt higher security standards to manage customers’ financial data safely. The company has experienced business growth, and AWS Cloud enables its potential application of big data.

As the outcome of cloud migration, Easy Pay obtained the following benefits:

  • Reduced transaction time by 50%
  • Optimized utilization of resources: one person to run the whole infrastructure
  • Increased service availability up to 99.99%
  • Better data interoperability and security

How Expedia Group boosted agility and resilience of software

One more example is the story of Expedia Group, which has made its software solutions more agile and resilient due to cloud migration. The company provides travel-booking services around the world. It invests heavily in the modernization of its platform and tech stack in order to improve customer experience.

The company focused on making the search process quick and error-free. Cloud migration helped it dramatically decrease network latency and increase the responsiveness of the company’s server.

Like Easy Pay, Expedia chose AWS Cloud to help standardize and facilitate the launch of several applications in different regions around the globe. Expedia then also offered its online partners access to tools that they can use to create custom websites and applications.

The solution and result

AWS Cloud assisted Expedia with the analyses and processing of data coming from the company’s network. Thanks to the cloud solution, the processing capabilities of the server scale depending on the load demand. High scalability positively impacts response time and costs of server maintenance.

By opting for AWS Cloud migration, Expedia Group boosted business growth and made improvements in the following areas:

  • Increasing CPU consumption efficiency up to 230% to process more data
  • Addressing issues easier and faster
  • Speeding up application development and deployment

Is your company looking to derive similar benefits from AWS cloud migration? If your answer is yes, read on and find out how to start the migrating process.

Make your way to the cloud the right way

A proper migration involves three phases: the assessment stage, the planning stage, and the migration itself. Use our tips to make a logical sequence of your migration plan.

Assess

First of all, it’s important to identify the reason behind migration. Figure out your business motives here: maybe you need more scalability to process a greater volume of transactions or maybe you want to tap into the potential of big data.

Then evaluate if your company is ready for migration: assess your on-premise systems and tools currently used and consider the industry specifics, your target audience, and the products or services you offer.

Map things out

Devise a plan, taking into account your company’s readiness for migration. Create a detailed list of services you want to move to the cloud, related information systems and the necessary computational and network resources, as well as storage resources.

Also, think about security issues: cloud solutions feature a high level of security, but maybe migrating some of your company’s more sensitive assets should be left for last or avoided altogether.

Migrate and elevate

Let a team of professionals move your company’s assets to the cloud and allow them to validate the results. But be careful about the apps that support your critical business processes, such as payments, order placement or customer support. Choose the best time for migration to avoid unplanned disruptions in the work of your server.

In case you need to migrate a database, AWS Cloud will ensure a smooth experience, as your source database will operate in full during the migration. You can then migrate seamlessly with no interruptions to your business.

With cloud migration, you’ll replace outdated systems with new operating models.

Wrap-up

It’s become clear that thanks to the scalability, security and agility it offers, cloud migration is the right choice for businesses looking to modernize and maintain competitiveness. If you want to yield the best results from cloud migration, follow the best practices and tips from the article. When you feel like your business is ready for AWS Cloud migration, you can start your step-by-step migration process.