For some projects, it is not an option to spend 3-6 months planning for AWS migration. A looming deadline means you have to put aside the “normal” steps for AWS migration, like conducting an extensive TCO analysis or rearchitecting applications.
This was certainly the case with PartyLite, a global eCommerce platform with a 30 day deadline to get out of their colocated VMware environment and onto Amazon Web Services. They also needed to meet PCI compliance standards on AWS — a new challenge for their IT team.
A few weeks ago, Logicworks did a joint webinar with Amazon Web Services on PartyLite’s story. You can watch the webinar here:
Some highlights from the webinar:
- PartyLite had 30 days to complete their AWS migration
- As a commerce company, PartyLite needed to meet PCI-DSS on AWS
- In order to deal with imperfect migration conditions, we recommend:
- Clearly define roles, responsibilities, milestones and timelines
- Dedicate resources
- Find an AWS partner with existing expertise and migration framework
- Design with an eye towards future growth or changes, where possible
- Even if you’re in a hurry, it’s important to avoid building custom, “snowflake” servers, especially if you are working in a compliant environment. As much as possible, try to build environments with consistent configurations.
- Using a tool like AWS CloudFormation ensures that every environment is built with similar characteristics (especially network configurations).
- A template helps you make fewer manual configurations, which could result in error or a “missed” configuration necessary for compliance.
- Automate where possible. If your team is already familiar with a configuration management tool like Puppet or Chef, consider using this or working with a partner that uses these tools. This ensures that your configurations are consistently enforced.
- The actual migration stage includes a number of steps:
- Post-migration, Logicworks works with PartyLite to manage cloud operations.
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