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Is Your Company Ready for a Cloud Transformation?

3 important things we learned at AWS re:Invent

AWS re:Invent, the cloud giant's annual gathering of software developers, cloud practitioners, and IT/Ops folks, is widely considered the "must attend" technology event for the modern enterprise—and this year re:Invent was bigger and more exciting than ever.

One of our favorite parts of re:Invent is the always much-anticipated keynote from Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy. While we’re always excited to hear Jassy announce the new AWS products, features, and capabilities the company is rolling out, we also like to pay particular attention to the theme of his talks, as they provide a look at the direction of the company and what we can expect over the coming year. This year, Jassy’s theme was Transformation.

3 essential cloud transformation takeaways

Jassy kicked off his 2019 keynote with a big message for enterprises that want to fast-forward to the cloud: It’s time to think big—much bigger than you’ve ever thought before. All too often, we hear about cloud transitions, but if your organization hopes to capture the explosive potential of the cloud, you need to think about cloud transformations. (Watch Jassy's full presentation below.)

It’s time to embrace the next cloud wave or get crushed by it, Jassy told the audience of developers, cloud practitioners, and other technologists and business leaders filling the massive hall inside the Venetian. The cloud gives you a chance to fundamentally reinvent your customer experience and your business and to build things that you’ve never built before. 

“The move to the cloud is the most titanic shift in technology that we’ve seen in our lifetimes,” he said, “and it’s sometimes difficult to think about how to handle it.” 

In fact, AWS hears from plenty of customers who want to know how to transform their businesses to stay relevant. Of course, he had plenty of answers, but here are three key takeaways from Jassy’s keynote that address such concerns:

1. Don’t wait too long—the ditch only gets deeper 

No one ever said a cloud transformation would be easy. A true transformation requires major changes across your technology and your culture. “You don’t want to procrastinate,” Jassy said, “it doesn’t get easier if you wait.” The longer you wait, the harder it gets and the more difficult it becomes to stay relevant. 

Jassy shared four suggestions to get teams off the starting line:

Align your senior leadership team on the need for change. Inertia from key stakeholders only causes problems. 

Set aggressive top-down goals that force your organization to move fast. Don’t spend too much time “dipping your toes in water.”

Train your builders. If they’re not trained, how do they even know where to start?

Don’t get paralyzed if you haven’t figured out how to move every workload. Before you even start your transformation, create a multi-year plan.

2. Give your developers the tools they want and need

As soon as you decide to make this transformation and move to the cloud, your developers will be raring to go, Jassy said. But, developers undertaking a cloud transformation want the broadest possible toolset and capabilities, and they don’t want to be slowed down. With over 175 services to choose from, Jassy said, AWS is still very much the center of gravity for cloud native development. After all, 81% of containers and 84% of Kubernetes deployments in the cloud run in AWS. A cloud transformation requires that you set your developers up for success with the tools and services they need.

3. Choose what to take with you and what you’ll leave behind 

As you work through your transformation, you’ll have to make some serious choices about your technology stack and who you partner with. Having watched plenty of enterprises move to the cloud, Jassy identified five trends in cloud modernization:  

Companies are moving from Windows to Linux environments. Jassy cited an IDC prediction that in 2020, over 80% of cloud workloads will run on Linux. Companies don’t want their business built on a proprietary operating system, he said.

Companies want to partner with independent software vendors (ISVs) and SaaS platforms that run on AWS.

Companies are moving to the cloud with different systems integrators than they’ve used for on-premises data centers, and they want to work with systems integrators that have deep cloud expertise.

Companies are moving away from mainframes as quickly as possible. They’re teasing apart these monoliths into microservices, or cherry-picking key workflows and shifting those to the cloud. 

Companies are also moving away from proprietary databases as quickly as possible. "Customers want open source database engines that are lower cost, but with comparable capabilities to enterprise-grade relational databases,” Jassy said.  

Make your AWS cloud transformation with New Relic

Jassy’s keynote made it clear: Cloud transformation has become one of the most important strategic initiatives for modern software companies in order to survive and thrive in today’s business landscape. With the promise of increased agility and development velocity leading to quicker software delivery and improved customer experience, companies are working hard to migrate their infrastructure and applications to public cloud platforms like AWS. 

The New Relic Cloud Adoption Solution (CAS) is a unique combination of roles, processes, and technology designed to manage complexity and give you a thorough understanding of the entire migration process from inception, through planning, and on to implementation and operation. 

In fact, according to Forrester’s Total Economic Impact of The New Relic Cloud Adoption Solution, the utility of New Relic’s CAS is significant. Key findings of the report showed that after adopting the solution, customers were able to:

  • Deploy applications to the public cloud 90% faster with 95% lower cost.

  • Code cloud applications more quickly: Cloud application developers saved 30% of the time they spent writing cloud application code.

  • Right-size public cloud infrastructure and cut costs by 50%.

And once you complete your cloud transformation, there’s still plenty of work to do to perfect your cloud experience. The New Relic Guide to optimizing your cloud native environment provides nine hands-on tutorials for using New Relic to optimize your business in the cloud.

Deliver on your AWS cloud transformation with New Relic

You adopt AWS cloud services to deliver superior customer experiences and fast innovation. Here’s a handful of recent announcements we made during re:Invent 2019, all built to help you deliver more perfect software and maximize your AWS investments using the New Relic platform.

New Relic booth at AWS re:Invent 2019

End-user traces in New Relic Browser: Adding customer experience to distributed tracing 

Distributed tracing in New Relic One helps DevOps teams avoid downtime by providing views they can use to quickly find and fix latency, errors, and anomalies within their complex distributed systems.

To help our users better identify and prevent errors that arise within their customer experience, we’ve enhanced our distributed tracing so that it adds end-user traces in New Relic Browser. Now it’s easier than ever to monitor the entire lifespan of a trace as transaction requests travel throughout inter-connected services in your application. Learn more > 

10 integrations for AWS monitoring with New Relic Infrastructure

To achieve observability of your AWS infrastructure, you need a connected view that accounts for all entities spread across your AWS hosts and services. At AWS re:Invent 2019, we announced 10 new cloud integrations for AWS, adding to an already significant list of powerful integrations for New Relic Infrastructure users. Learn more >

New Relic Logs for AWS FireLens: Custom log routing for Amazon ECS clusters

In partnership with AWS, we released support for FireLens custom log routing for Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) environments. FireLens provides a fast, simple, and extremely efficient way to send your ECS log data to New Relic—a capability that gives you additional visibility into the health and performance of your ECS environment. Learn more >

New serverless instrumentation options

In an effort to make AWS serverless monitoring easier, simpler, and more intuitive, we released the following capabilities that help you add monitoring and observability to your serverless functions without requiring code changes:

  • If you’re using the Serverless Framework to build, deploy, and operate applications on AWS Lambda, you can now use our Serverless Plugin to gain real-time, high-resolution invocation metrics and intuitive debugging throughout your serverless applications.

  • Or add New Relic’s AWS Lambda layer manually for faster, simpler instrumentation of Lambda functions compared to the fully manual process. Learn more >

Additionally, we’ve brought three new capabilities that enhance the experience of New Relic customers using AWS Lambda and New Relic Serverless solutions: Provisioned Concurrency for AWS Lambda, provisioned concurrency metrics for New Relic Serverless, and a new CLI installer for New Relic Serverless.

Ready for Your Cloud Transformation?

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