From cost savings to analytics to better security, the case for migration is clear

Modern companies need to turn on a dime these days. The business climate is more competitive, and successful organisations of all sizes are those that are more innovative, more flexible, and more agile.

The drive to remain competitive continues to lead organisations to move operations to the cloud, and Microsoft workloads are one of the most important components of business infrastructure — and perfect candidates for migration. With its massive installed base, Microsoft workloads are the foundation for most businesses. And moving these workloads to the cloud clearly exhibits the agility, flexibility, security, and scalability benefits of the cloud.

Organisations are realising that by continuing to operate their own data centres and running those Microsoft workloads exclusively on-premises, they are missing out on the agility and flexibility provided by working within cloud platforms like AWS. When running those types of business-critical Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server workloads, AWS is the simplest, most popular, and secure cloud option.

Companies can achieve the levels of capacity, performance, scale, and security when they shift Microsoft business-critical workloads to the cloud. And they can do so with minimal disruption. By working with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon EC2 Spot instances featuring Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, companies can quickly realise the unparalleled agility to drive innovation and ensure a continued competitive stance in this challenging business environment.

While it may have long been comfortable and “safe” to run Windows workloads in house and on-premises, with the cloud, every organisation from small businesses to larger enterprises can still experience the benefits they’ve always had from their Microsoft business solutions, but now to an even greater degree. The Microsoft Windows infrastructure that has always driven the business can run more efficiently on the AWS cloud. Among the myriad benefits of moving the enterprise workloads to the cloud:

  • Advanced data analytics powered by AI and ML
  • Significant cost savings (This is due to not only economies of scale, but also licensing cost savings.)
  • Increased agility, flexibility, and scalability (The ability to rapidly scale up or down ensures sufficient capacity, and avoid wasteful excess capacity.)
  • Increased performance
  • Improved reliability

Specifically, working with AWS can bring to a business the benefits accrued from the experience and expertise of more than ten years of cloud migrations and deployment. Among them:

  • 31% average infrastructure cost savings
  • 43 % fewer security incidents per year
  • 62% IT staff productivity boost
  • Three times more new or enhanced features delivered per year1

This is in addition to the recognized benefits of cost savings, business agility and flexibility, improved security, and operational control. A diverse range of companies, such as Expedia, Pearson, Seven West Media, and Repricer Express, have already begun to experience the benefits of migrating their Microsoft infrastructure to the AWS cloud. These companies have optimised their business operations for Microsoft Windows Server, SQL Server, and Microsoft’s widely used business productivity suite.

Moving Microsoft business-critical workloads to the Intel-powered AWS cloud can open the door to innovation. Businesses will have access to more than 200 cloud-native services to modernise development, operations, and applications. In today’s competitive and agile business climate, it’s more important than ever to evolve into a digitally savvy and a customer-centric enterprise.