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Accelerate Your Cloud Migrations with AWS Partners That Have Done It

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend much of the last several months working with customers and various teams across AWS to develop a holistic program aimed at helping enterprises accelerate their efforts to migrate large portions of their IT portfolio to AWS. There are many aspects to this program including (but not limited to) AWS services (e.g. AWS Database Migration Service, AWS Snowball, VM Import/Export), a migration methodology built by AWS Professional Services (more on this in an upcoming post), a forthcoming “Migrating to AWS” training program, and forming many partnerships with the tool providers and consulting shops that are accelerating cloud migrations for our customers. Today I’m delighted to host a guest post from our very own Allen Brown, who will introduce the AWS Migration Competency we’re launching today. Without further ado…



Today, we launched the AWS Migration Competency with 23 Consulting Partners and eight Technology Partners.

Our goal is simple.

The AWS Migration Competency makes it as easy as possible for enterprise customers to identify AWS Partners in the AWS Partner Network (APN) who’ve successfully migrated large enterprise workloads to AWS. These AWS Partners have proven that they are highly capable — both supporting customer needs at different steps of the cloud migration process and understanding what enterprises are looking to achieve in their large-scale migrations.

Similar Needs, Different Strategies

Every AWS customer is unique, and yet, we find that nearly all of our customers have similar business goals they’re looking to achieve by migrating to AWS: speed, massive agility, global reach, increased security, cost savings, and the chance to digitally transform business models and processes. However, migration isn’t done overnight, and thoughtful planning is needed to ensure it’s done effectively. Some of the common questions we hear from organizations as they put together a long-term strategy for cloud migration include:

  1. What does the investment look like to migrate to AWS
  2. What’s the total cost of ownership to migrate to AWS?
  3. What am I going to gain? What’s the long-term ROI?
  4. What will the migration look like from the perspective of the business? How will my business be impacted? What groups will be impacted within my organization, and how?
  5. Which tools should I be using to accelerate the migration process?
  6. How should I approach this migration? Which workloads should I migrate, and when?

AWS Migration Competency partners have a proven track record of helping customers answer these questions and move forward with their AWS migration plans.

Identify AWS Partners Who Can Help

So how can you identify the right AWS Partner to help your organization execute a successful migration strategy?

We’re launching the AWS Migration Competency with Consulting and Technology Partners who’ve proven that they understand what it takes to help enterprise customers execute a successful migration strategy.

In the consulting space, we’ve identified two areas of expertise with which to help you identify the right partner to engage: Migration Consulting Partners and Migration Delivery Partners.

Migration Consulting Partners provide expertise and training to help enterprises quickly develop specific capabilities or achieve specific outcomes. They provide consulting services to enable adoption of DevOps practices, to modernize applications and implement solutions, with a focus on helping customers migrate independently.

Migration Consulting Launch Partners:
· Apps Associates
· Aquilent
· Datapipe
· Flux7
· Pythian
· TriNimbus

Migration Delivery Partners help customers through every stage of migration, accelerating results by providing technical personnel, tools, education, and technical support to customers in the form of professional services. These AWS Partners either are, or have a relationship with, an AWS-audited Managed Service Provider to help customers with ongoing support of AWS workloads. These AWS Partners put boots on the ground to get migrations done.

Migration Delivery Launch Partners:
· 2nd Watch
· Accenture
· Classmethod, Inc.
· ClearScale
· Cloud Technology Partners
· cloudpack
· Cloudreach
· Cognizant Technology Solutions
· CorpInfo
· FPT Software
· Infosys
· Logicworks
· REAN Cloud
· Serverworks
· Slalom Consulting
· Smartronix

We’ve aligned our Technology Migration Partners with key steps in the AWS migration methodology approach, for you to consider as you develop a clear and standardized migration and implementation strategy: Migration Technology for Discovery & Planning, Migration Technology for Workload Mobility, and Migration Technology for Application Profiling.

Migration Technology for Discovery & Planning — Discover IT assets across your application portfolio, identify dependencies and requirements, and build your comprehensive migration plan with these technology solutions. Planning is key to successful migrations, and it requires tools to help surface and dive into your application portfolio, a critical dataset for understanding the business case of moving to AWS and building a comprehensive migration plan.

Migration Technology for Discovery & Planning Launch Partners:
· Atadata
· Cloudamize
· RISC Networks

Migration Technology for Workload Mobility — Moving data and applications to AWS doesn’t have to be time-consuming and resource intensive; highly automated, reliable tools can help you accelerate the process. Execute migrations to AWS by capturing your host server, configuration, storage, and network states, then provision and configure your AWS target resources with these technology solutions. Migration costs hinge on automation and tools that reduce human intervention which result in quick, low cost migrations to AWS.

Migration Technology for Workload Mobility Launch Partners:
· Racemi
· CloudEndure
· Atadata

Migration Technology for Application Profiling — Gain valuable insights into your applications by capturing and analyzing performance data, usage, and monitoring dependencies before and after migration. These solutions can help you figure out your existing application performance profiles and compare them to their new AWS environments. This can help you make the most of AWS and highlight opportunities to optimize both architecture and resource right-sizing to continually reduce the cost of AWS deployments.

Migration Technology for Application Profiling Launch Partners:
· New Relic
· AppDynamics
· Dynatrace

To learn more about the perspective of AWS Migration Delivery Partners on how enterprise migrations have evolved on AWS, take a look at our videos featuring Slalom, Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), and REAN Cloud:


REAN Cloud:


To learn more about the Migration Partner Solutions, visit the webpage here.

Are you in the process of evaluating a migration to AWS? What is the biggest problem you need help solving when you think about moving to AWS? What do you hope our Migration Competency Partners can help you achieve? Give us your thoughts in the comments section.

-Allen Brown

AWS Partner Network (APN) Solutions Architecture and Technical Lead, AWS Partner Migration Segment —,

Stephen Orban

Stephen Orban

Stephen is the GM (General Manager) of a new AWS service under development, and author of the book “Ahead in the Cloud: Best Practices for Navigating the Future of Enterprise IT” Stephen spent his first three-and-a-half years with Amazon as the Global Head of Enterprise Strategy, where he oversaw AWS’s enterprise go-to-market strategy, invented and built AWS’s Migration Acceleration Program (MAP), and helped executives from hundreds of the world’s largest companies envision, develop, and mature their IT operating model using the cloud. Stephen authored Ahead in the Cloud so customers might benefit from many of the best practices Stephen observed working with customers in this role. Prior to joining AWS, Stephen was the CIO of Dow Jones, where he introduced modern software development methodologies and reduced costs while implementing a cloud-first strategy. These transformational changes accelerated product development cycles and increased productivity across all lines of business, including The Wall Street Journal,, Dow Jones Newswires, and Factiva. Stephen also spent 11 years at Bloomberg LP, holding a variety of leadership positions across their equity and messaging platforms, before founding Bloomberg Sports in 2008, where he served as CTO. Stephen earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from State University of New York College at Fredonia.