FAQ - AWS Prescriptive Guidance


This section provides answers to commonly raised questions about portfolio discovery and analysis during migrations.

How do I build the right business case?

Your business case should be driven by your organizational KPIs, and the common drivers such as operational costs, workforce productivity, cost avoidance, operational resilience, and business agility.

How do I accurately assess my environment?

Consider the volume of resources used by each application, and automate the assessment process to confirm it is done rapidly and accurately. Assessing your environment manually is a time-consuming process. It exposes your organization to human error. Automating the process will help you gain insight into what you don’t know, and help you more clearly understand and define these uncertainties so they can be factored into your migration strategy.

How do I identify and evaluate the right partners to help me?

Details on the offerings of partners can be found at:

How do I estimate the cost of a large transition like this?

Use the AWS Pricing Calculator to compare how much you will spend running your applications in an on-premises or colocation environment, with what it will cost on AWS.

How long will the migration process take to complete?

Enterprise migrations that are completed within 18 months generate the greatest ROI. The duration of a migration depends on scope and resources.

How do I handle my legacy applications?

Consider taking an incremental approach to your migration by determining which of your legacy applications can be moved most easily. Move these to the cloud first For legacy applications that will require a more complicated approach you can develop an effective plan for migration.

How do I accelerate the migration effort to realize the business and technology benefits more quickly?

Automating the migration process as much as possible, with migration tools from AWS and APN Partners, is the best way to accelerate the migration effort.