Cloud Shift Strategies and Amazon Web Services (AWS) transform the way companies of all sizes procure and consume IT resources. AWS’s vast array of Instant-On services, seemingly infinite scale, sophisticated security capabilities, and robust resiliency options benefit enterprises regardless of their size.

Every company’s journey to the cloud differs, but re-occurring patterns emerge. Cloud Shift helps companies do more than simply begin their journey into the cloud. It helps companies arrive there safely as well as provides them with the tools they need to monitor the growth, performance, and security of their applications and data once in the cloud. Most importantly, Cloud Shift also offers up best practices and expertise to ensure that the cloud remains an asset to the company and not a trap in which they can become ensnared.

The Four Step Journey to the Cloud

Most companies take the following journey when engaging with Cloud Shift to host their applications and data in the cloud.

1. Start with a pilot project

Companies start using AWS for one or two small projects. This demonstrates firsthand how the cloud can facilitate the digital transformation that many companies now seek.

Cloud Shift Strategies facilitates Working Backwards workshops that identify projects with meaningful customer impact. It then leverages lean startup methodologies to quickly turn the idea into a prototype and proof of concept.

2. Lay a foundation

Enterprises know that they need to lay a solid foundation for using the cloud before adoption or migration en masse can begin. To do so, they implement operational processes, security controls, resilient architectures, performance management methodologies, and cost optimization mechanisms.

To meet this requirement, Cloud Shift Strategies offers its AWS Enterprise SureStart© program to enterprises that want build an AWS foundation that is Ready to Scale. Cloud Shift architects help assess, design and deploy a cloud architecture in accordance with the AWS Well Architected Framework that includes aspects important to large enterprises like multi-account identity management, SSO, security controls, auditability, change management, cost optimization & chargeback and tool chain selection.

3. Migrate

The move toward the public cloud can be slow or fast, but no matter the speed, the first step is an application rationalization activity that determines which migration processes are best. These methodologies include: 1) Rehosting, 2) Re-platforming, 3) Repurchasing, 4) Refactoring, 5) Retiring & 6) Retaining.

Cloud Shift Strategies leverages certified resources, a proven migration methodology and sophisticated discovery & migration tools to help move Applications into AWS.

4. Reinvent

As enterprises become more comfortable hosting their applications and data in the cloud, they naturally evolve and transform. Many see a significant reduction in the cost and time associated with maintaining their legacy, on-premises infrastructure. As they do, this represents a good time to re-invest their extra resources available in the cloud to take advantage of the cloud’s automation and optimization tools.

Cloud Shift Strategies offers a Cloud Cost Optimization managed service that consistently collects information about your cloud usage. Then, its engineers study your company’s data usage patterns leveraging sophisticated tools to develop recommendations to increase resource utilization and optimize spend through reserved capacity and spot purchases. These tactics save up to 15%-20% of your total cloud spend with minimal or no impact to your applications and data hosted in the cloud.