AWS Launches Program to Shift Windows Workloads To Its Cloud Amazon Web Services (AWS), has launched an offshoot from its larger Migration Acceleration program (MAP) that is specifically designed to help organizations move their Windows environments to AWS. AWS announced that MAP for Windows is a Windows migration service that “provides best practices and tools to help customers save costs, accelerate migrations, and modernize their Windows workloads in AWS.” Customers can access the service via the AWS Professional Services team or third-party migration service providers in the AWS Partner Network. Fred Wurden, general manager for enterprise engineering at AWS, stated Monday that these partners had “reproved their ability to successfully complete multiple large-scale migrations into AWS.” They have been awarded the APN Migration Competency Partners and the Microsoft Workloads Competency designations. The program’s goal is to assist organizations in migrating their Windows workloads to AWS. This service will also offer open-source and cloud-native alternatives for customers’ legacy SQL Server or Windows Server applications. The three-step migration process will be explained to customers.

  • An organization readiness assessment to identify potential problems before moving on to the next stage of the migration process. This stage also includes a review and discussion of the different licensing options customers should consider when moving to AWS.
  • A “mobilization” period is used to address any problems identified in the previous step.
  • The actual migration of workloads.
  • Wurden says that the program offers financial resources for organizations with high costs. He wrote that MAP for Windows offers financial incentives to help offset migration costs like labor, training, or the cost of sometimes running two environments simultaneously. You can find more information on the MAP for Windows website.