Bytes Blog: 5 Reasons Your Business is Ready for Modernisation on AWS

Thursday 16th May 2024

As cloud experts with many years of experience, we have helped hundreds of customers innovate and modernise in the cloud. This means we know exactly what businesses are looking for when it comes to modern technology solutions. 

As digital transformation continues, IT decision makers like you, must recognise some of the key indicators signalling the need for modernisation. With AWS’s Microsoft Modernisation Programme (MMP) and the increasing desire for agility and innovation within business, now is the time to assess your readiness for modernisation with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Here are five reasons your business could be ready for modernisation on AWS:

Legacy Infrastructure Holding You Back: If your business is still reliant on on-premises servers or outdated infrastructure, it's likely impeding agility and scalability. Legacy systems often struggle to meet the demands of modern workloads and can become increasingly costly to maintain. AWS offers a scalable and flexible cloud infrastructure, enabling businesses to modernise their IT environment without the burden of managing physical hardware. The Microsoft Modernisation Programme is a funding initiative which helps businesses modernise by migrating their Microsoft workloads to AWS and fits three different scenarios, all of which could be combined into one migration project: 

  • App Modernisation: transition your .NET applications to the cost-efficient, feature-rich open-source .NET platform.   
  • Database Modernisation: migrate your SQL server databases to Amazon Aurora for improved performance, scalability, security and cost-efficiency.
  • Data Analytics Modernisation: migrate your SQL Server data warehouses to Amazon Redshift for big data analytics capabilities.

Lack of financial flexibility: If your business is currently on a Capital Expenditure (CapEx) model and wants to become more agile and save money, AWS allows you to switch to an OpEx model. By doing this, your business will enable cost flexibility by allowing payment for resources on a variable basis, eliminating the need for large upfront investments, and providing recurring payments based on actual usage. Scalability is enhanced as resources can be easily adjusted to match business needs, while access to the latest technology and global infrastructure is facilitated. This shift allows businesses to focus on core activities, leveraging AWS's management of infrastructure for increased efficiency and innovation. Our FinOps services can help you gain better financial visibility into your environment and thus better financial control.  

Data Centre Constraints and Maintenance Costs: Managing on-premises data centres comes with its own set of challenges, from high capital expenditure (CapEx) to ongoing maintenance costs. Not to mention hardware support which eventually expires, meaning a costly refresh. By migrating to AWS, businesses can offload the burden of data centre management and leverage AWS's global infrastructure to enhance reliability and availability. AWS takes care of the heavy lifting so you can focus on running your business. Plus, with pay-as you-go pricing, you'll avoid hefty bills for hardware you don't need.

Desire for Increased Agility and Innovation: In today's fast-paced business landscape, agility and innovation are paramount. AWS offers a wide range of services and tools designed to accelerate development cycles and foster innovation. By incorporating a DevOps culture, businesses can update products on an accelerated schedule, speeding up time to value whilst decreasing human error. No matter the means, AWS provides the building blocks for driving digital transformation and staying ahead of the curve.

Scalability Challenges: Traditional infrastructure often struggles to accommodate fluctuating load, leading to performance issues and wasted resources. With AWS's elastic infrastructure, you can scale up or down on the fly, so you're always ready for whatever curveballs come your way, ensuring optimal performance and cost efficiency. Whether you're experiencing rapid growth or seasonal fluctuations, AWS provides the scalability needed to support your business objectives.

So, there you have it – five reasons which could indicate the need for modernisation on AWS: legacy infrastructure, lack of financial flexibility, the desire for increased agility and innovation, scalability challenges, and data centre constraints. 

By embracing AWS, businesses can unlock the full potential of the cloud and position themselves for long-term success in today's digital world. With considerations such as AWS’s Microsoft Modernisation Programme and the increasing drive for innovation with emerging tech, now is the time to embark on your modernisation journey and harness the power of AWS to drive and grow your business.

Get in touch with Bytes today to kick start your journey, [email protected]

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