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Do you run mission-critical Windows workloads or applications in an on-premises data center? If so, you may be missing out on benefits. Windows workloads aren’t just for on-premises environments. In fact, running Windows workloads on Amazon Web Services (AWS) is often more cost-efficient than running them on-premises. Here are the many reasons why companies surveyed in an IDC study prefer running Windows workloads in the AWS cloud, and how doing so maximizes Windows workload optimization.
AWS runs almost twice as many Windows Server instances than its competing cloud provider and has over ten years of experience with Windows workloads. If your firm needs to increase windows workload optimization, migrating your Windows workloads to the AWS cloud could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
But the efficacy of AWS runs deeper than popularity alone; it’s also supported by research. The IDC interviewed several organizations that ran Windows workloads in the AWS cloud and published their findings in the whitepaper titled "The Business Value of Efficiently Running High-Performing Windows Workloads in the AWS Cloud." The organizations reported receiving a variety of benefits, including greater performance, efficiency, and security. On average, each organization reported seeing a value-add of $157,300 per 100 users over five years ($6.59 million per organization). Other frequently-mentioned benefits included: a lower total cost of ownership, container-based, microservices efficiency, improved security, and the ability to focus on business goals rather than infrastructure management.
IDC extensively interviewed 12 organizations across a variety of industries. Here are the most commonly reported advantages of AWS:
It’s no surprise these clients were highly satisfied with their investment. After all, AWS has provided cloud services longer than any other provider.
But how did the organizations surveyed use AWS to gain all of these benefits? By fully-leveraging AWS to gain the robust, secure environment needed to run mission-critical Windows workloads, such as .NET solutions, SQL Server, or Active Directory.
Running Windows workloads on AWS yields greater windows workload optimization by:
If you’re ready to migrate to the AWS cloud, you’ll need to prepare accordingly. You’ll need meticulous planning, a working knowledge of your legacy environment, and a way to ensure that your new environment will support your future growth. To create the comprehensive business case you’ll need, consider getting advice from an experienced AWS Premier Consulting Partner.
Don’t migrate your workload off of your on-premise data center alone. The best way to increase windows workload optimization while reducing IT spend is to work with an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, who can develop an AWS migration strategy and find many other ways you can save. So choose an experienced AWS Premier Consulting Partner—like Mission.
Mission helped MicroSearch Corporation migrate their Windows workloads to AWS. Now, this digital library services company is able to develop the fourth generation of its search engine application and offer their clients new functionality. So don’t undertake migration alone, and don’t settle for anything less than the full benefits AWS can offer for your Windows workloads. Let an experienced Mission consultant streamline your workloads and maximize your cost savings.