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4 Steps to Securely Migrate Your MDM to AWS

You know the benefits of migrating MDM to AWS, compared to the average on-prem deployment:

  • 31% average infrastructure savings
  • 62% increase in efficiency
  • 69% reduction in unplanned downtime
  • Greater security against hacks and threats
  • Improved operational excellence and business agility

But what does the migration process look like? How can you prepare your team?

Don’t go it alone. The IMT AWS Cloud Center of Excellence has AWS Certified Cloud Practitioners, Architects, Operations, & Cloud Economics Specialists. Together, they’ll help you design the architecture and plan to ensure a smooth migration.

Depending on your needs, our team will suggest a full AWS cloud migration, a hybrid-cloud option, or an on-premise solution backed by cloud-ready containers and AMS support services.

Regardless of your chosen path, our team will follow our proven four-step process  to get you there.

  1. Assess 

Our experts start by assessing your current MDM data, integration points, database, and engine configuration. For each runtime component, we’ll define a “path to cloud” that accounts for your organization’s specific requirements and intricacies.

Our comprehensive assessment reviews:

Support and skills: Which skills currently exist within your team? How are you currently handling MDM tuning, optimization, and issue resolution?

Stability and cost: What are you currently spending on data center costs, dealing with technology end of life upgrades, and licensing fees for OS and database? Are there opportunities to improve stability by reconfiguring the environment landscapes?

Security and scalability: How complex is your current infrastructure? What are your scalability needs, both now and in the future? What SLA or uptime requirements must you meet? And what is your security/threat risk profile?

Agility:  How are you maintaining data quality while responding to change, new business models, or acquisitions? How well can you support new and existing stakeholders to support new strategic initiatives?  Are you able to be as responsive as you could be?

With that information, we’ll build a comprehensive plan that involves all necessary stakeholders.

  1. Connect

Approved plan in hand, we’ll work with your networking team to configure a secure, encrypted, high-bandwidth tunnel that connects your network with you’re the MDM services in AWS and transfer your current configurations to minimize testing and change management.

  1. Migrate

Next, we’ll extract and load your data via a secure Amazon S3 service. We will minimize migration downtime by using exceptionally high data transfer rates.  Through use of special tooling, we will transition data in a form that requires no conversion and preserves EIDs.

Meanwhile, we will “right-size” your MDM environments to align with your current usage patterns and data storage needs. This minimizes your costs and boosts efficiency, but you retain the ability to scale on demand as needed. 

  1. Go Live

Thanks to the mindful planning and analysis, go-live won’t disrupt user access or source system connectivity. Your data stewardship users access Inspector and Web Reports as always, as user credentials will continue to be federated to your on-premise LDAP directory.

Going forward, IMT can fully manage your MDM solution in AWS, helping you reduce downtime and continually improve operations or share the responsibility by selecting the right managed services level for you.

Ready to begin your own Cloud journey? Read more about our migration approach, and register for our Webinar on April 22 at 11AM CT – Start Planning your Migration to AWS or get in touch with your IMT account representative or email sales@imt.ca to discuss what’s right for you.

If you haven’t’ already – be sure to review the other blog posts in our AWS series:

The Many Advantages of MDM on AWS

5 Reasons to Migrate Your MDM to AWS

How IMT and AWS Protect Your Data in the Cloud

How IMT MDM AMS Managed Services on AWS Can Optimize Your Operations