AWS Migration Best Practices:
Smoothly Transition to the Cloud with A2C

As more businesses embrace cloud computing, migrating to AWS has become a strategic priority. However, a successful migration requires careful planning and adherence to best practices. In this article, we explore the AWS migration best practices recommended by A2C, an industry-leading AWS cloud consulting partner, to help you maximize the benefits of the AWS cloud.

1. Assess and Plan

Before embarking on your migration journey, conduct a thorough assessment of your current
infrastructure, applications, and data. Identify your goals and establish a well-defined migration
strategy. A2C recommends using AWS’s Migration Readiness Assessment (MRA) tool to
evaluate your readiness and identify potential challenges.

2. Choose the Right Migration Approach

AWS provides various migration methods to suit different scenarios.
A2C advises considering the following approaches:

Lift and Shift

This approach involves migrating your applications and infrastructure as-is, without making
significant changes. It is suitable for legacy applications that require minimal modifications.


This approach involves making minimal changes to your applications 
to take advantage of AWS services and optimize performance.


This approach involves re-architecting your applications to leverage cloud-native 
services fully. It offers the most benefits but requires more effort.

3. Prioritize Security

Security is a top concern when migrating to the cloud. A2C recommends following these best practices:

Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Implement strong IAM policies, ensuring least privilege access to your AWS resources.

Data Encryption

Encrypt sensitive data at rest and in transit using AWS Key Management Service (KMS) and SSL/TLS protocols.

Monitoring and Auditing

Regularly monitor and audit your infrastructure using AWS CloudTrail and Amazon 
GuardDuty to detect and respond to security threats.

4. Optimize Cost and Performance

AWS offers numerous cost optimization and performance enhancement tools.
A2C suggests the following practices:

Cost Optimization

Leverage services like AWS Cost Explorer, AWS Budgets, and AWS 
Trusted Advisor to monitor and optimize your cloud spending.

Auto Scaling

Implement AWS Auto Scaling to automatically adjust resources based 
on demand, ensuring optimal performance and cost-efficiency.

Caching and Content Delivery

Use AWS services like Amazon ElastiCache and Amazon CloudFront 
to improve application performance and reduce latency.

5. Continuous Integration and Delivery (CI/CD)

Implementing CI/CD pipelines is crucial for efficient and reliable deployments. 
A2C recommends using AWS services like AWS CodePipeline, AWS CodeBuild, 
and AWS CodeDeploy to automate your software delivery process.

6. Leverage A2C's Expertise

A2C, an AWS Advanced Tier Partner, offers expert guidance and support throughout 
your migration journey. Their team of certified professionals can assist with:

  • Migration planning and execution
  • Cloud architecture design and implementation
  • Security and compliance optimization
  • Cost optimization strategies
  • Training and knowledge transfer

By following these AWS migration best practices and partnering with A2C, you can ensure a smooth and successful transition to the AWS cloud, unlocking the full potential of cloud computing for your business.

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Joe Cattie

Joe Cattie


As President of A2C since 2021, Joe Cattie steers the company’s ongoing success and expansion. He brings over 20 years experience driving transformation through technology consulting.

Early in his career, Joe was part of the meteoric rise of Alliance Consulting Group – recognized on the prestigious Inc 500 list for three consecutive years. There he crossed paths with future A2C leadership team, forging professional chemistry that persists today.

Joining A2C as Managing Sales Director in 2009, Joe has since elevated to President overseeing sales, service delivery and market growth. His vision has established A2C as a leader in cloud, data and infrastructure solutions.

Joe provides direct oversight for key accounts including Independence Blue Cross, Signant Health, Santander Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and many other large enterprises. He continues to guide clients on their digital journeys, crafting innovation through emerging technologies and the proper staff.

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