Webinar Focus

Last week we teamed up with AWS to present a webinar. The Webinar was focused on the benefits of a Windows Workloads Migration onto AWS. And why you should consider running .NET applications in the cloud.

This Webinar discussed some of the native benefits that come with running Windows Workloads on AWS. 

Including cost savings, reliability and the opportunity to reinvent business by modernizing legacy technology. Geared towards companies attaining faster .NET application release cycles.

Windows on AWS – A Clear Choice

AWS runs nearly 2x more Windows Server instances than the next largest cloud provider. 

Currently, there are over 700 different Windows ISV (Independent Software Vendor) listings in the AWS marketplace. And more than 50 different Amazon Machine Images for Windows workloads. 

While over 57% of Windows workloads currently run on AWS, according to an IDC Report. 

Running Windows workloads on AWS means that you not only get the most innovative cloud solutions and services. But you also have the most reliable cloud environment as well.

A few more reasons as to why Windows on AWS is the right choice: 

The Largest Global Reach and Most Highly Available Architecture 

An AWS Region is made up of multiple physically separate data centres called Availability Zones (AZs) that run on distinct power grids to provide a higher degree of disaster protection for high availability. The AWS Cloud spans 66 Availability Zones within 21 geographic Regions around the world.

AWS is the Most Secure Platform 

AWS leads in the number of Certifications that enable customers to reduce both the scope and cost of audits they undertake to comply with applicable laws and regulations. AWS has 50+ Compliance Certifications including HIPAA, FISMA, ITAR, EU Model Clauses, SOC-1.2.3 FIPS and ISO among others.

Broadest and Deepest Platform

AWS is continually expanding SourceFuse’s services to support virtually any cloud workload and enterprise applications. AWS re-launched SQL Server 2017 on Linux and .NET Core on Linux earlier this year to help make it easier for customers to begin their open source journey.

These customers have already used Amazon DMS to migrate more than 45,000 databases since it launched in March 2016. Helping to move from SQL to PostGres on Amazon Aurora.

General benefits of using Windows on AWS

  • Lower cost of ownership
  • Higher Reliability
  • Breadth and Depth of Services
  • Deep Integration with .NET Developer Tools

AWS Services for Windows Workloads

AWS Lambda for .NET

The .NET Core CLI offers a cross-platform way for you to create .NET-based Lambda applications. For a detailed version of how to pursue AWS Lambda for .NET, click here.

Amazon Relational Database Service

Amazon RDS is available on several database instance types. Optimized for memory, performance or I/O. And provides six familiar database engines to choose from, including:

FSx For Windows File Server

Built on a Windows Server, Amazon FSx provides shared file storage with the compatibility and features that your Windows-based applications rely upon.

Including full support for the SMB protocol and Windows NTFS, Active Directory (AD) integration, and Distributed File System (DFS).

AWS Directory Service

AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory is also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD. This enables your directory-aware workloads and AWS resources to use managed Active Directory in the AWS Cloud.

AWS Managed Microsoft AD is built on actual Microsoft Active Directory. And does not require you to synchronize or replicate data from your existing Active Directory to the cloud.

AWS License Manager

AWS License Manager integrates with AWS services to simplify the management of licenses across multiple AWS accounts. Including IT catalogues, and on-premise configurations through a single AWS account.

Windows on AWS Use Cases for proper utilization

  • Migrate Windows Server VMs to AWS and retire from the technical debt in turn, increasing reliability
  • Optimize SQL Server on Amazon EC2 or RDS increasing performance and resilience
  • Modernize your .NET Applications – deploy faster and save money
  • Innovate and drive business agility and digital transformation

In the second half of the Session, two specific case studies were discussed.

The first one was about performing ‘Migration’ for a Healthcare Logistics Platform. Followed by ‘Continuous Integration and Deployment’ for a FinTech Platform.

You can view the case studies in detail here.

To watch the entire Webinar Recording, click here.

Also, for an in-depth understanding of some of the direct challenges discussed in the Webinar, read through our E- Book: dotNET Migration and Modernization.

Why Did Amazon Choose SourceFuse To Partner With For This Webinar?

During our 13-year-old journey, we have attained our Advanced Consulting Partnership with AWS. And for the last 5 years, we have been a part of the DevOps world, earning our DevOps Competency from Amazon. This certification helps showcase our understanding of the nuances of a DevOps culture, and how this benefits organizations. We have been bringing automation and increased agility into existing development teams. This helps transform workforces and entire IT Departments. 

The vast technical expertise under our belt specifically spans the AI and ML arena. We have attained substantial knowledge and have hands-on experience with Amazon Storage Engines. Such as AWS Aurora, DynamoDB, Amazon RDS among others. 

Outside of our Amazon partnership. We have also established partnerships with tech giants such as PubNub and Twilio. This is Allowing us to leverage real-time messaging services. For mobile development, we are well-versed in iOS, Android, React Native and AWS Pinpoint development. 

Speaking towards our front end engineering expertise. We leverage technologies like React, AngularJS, and Loopback4. For a comprehensive skill set, that leverages best-in-breed technology. 

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