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Migrating to AWS From an End-of-Life Data Center

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Scenario: Migrating From an End-of-Life Data Center to AWS
1h 7m

This course is a "live" scenario discussion where the Cloud Academy team tackle a migration project. Our customer needs to migrate out of their current data center by a certain date. They also would like to modernize their business applications. 

Our brief in the exercise is to deliver:

  • A target architecture that addresses the challenges described by the customer
  • A migration plan detailing how to move the service to AWS with minimal interruption
  • A recommendation on how to approach DR to achieve RPO of 24 hours and RTO of 4 hours
  • An application optimization plan with a proposed enhancement roadmap

As a scenario, this series of lectures is recorded "live" and so is less structured than other Cloud Academy courses. As a cloud professional you often have to think and design quickly, so we have recorded some of the content this way to best emulate the type of conditions you might experience in the working environment. Watching the team approach this brief can help you define your own approaches and style to problem-solving.

Intended audience

This course discusses AWS services so it is best suited to students with some prior knowledge of AWS services. 


We recommend completing the Fundamentals of AWS learning path before beginning this course. 

If you have thoughts or suggestions for this course, please contact Cloud Academy at support@cloudacademy.com.


22-01-2020: Duplicate lecture removed 


- [Instructor] Hello, and welcome to the Migrating From an End of Life Data Center to AWS scenario course. Now in this scenario, we migrate a business application from an end-of-life data center to Amazon Web Services. Now a customer has asked us to help solve an end-of-life data center issue, and to help them transform their online legal business. The team used tools like the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework and AWS design patents to define a future state, target architecture, and project timeline. The team then discussed the details of the solution design, the transformation stages, and tackle a variety of implementation considerations. This scenario is based loosely on a workshop run by Mark Statham's AWS Professional Services team at AWS re:Invent, which is a great workshop. So I'll quit it, and thanks to Mark for the inspiration for this content. The scenario is designed to be challenging as it is out there in the real world. And as with all situations, there is no one right way to solve an issue. As a cloud professional, it is your ability to combine services in a way that deliver the best outcomes for the customer. So there may be other designs that might suit better, and of course there will be new services becoming available that could potentially solve ExpertisePlease.com's issues in a better, more elegant way. We acknowledge that, so if you have any ideas for how you might approach this project and you want some feedback on those, just send them through to us at support@cloudacademy.com so we can help you work out your own approach to this scenario. Okay, well if you're ready, let's get cracking.

About the Author
Andrew Larkin
Head of Content
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Head of Content

Andrew is an AWS certified professional who is passionate about helping others learn how to use and gain benefit from AWS technologies. Andrew has worked for AWS and for AWS technology partners Ooyala and Adobe.  His favorite Amazon leadership principle is "Customer Obsession" as everything AWS starts with the customer. Passions around work are cycling and surfing, and having a laugh about the lessons learnt trying to launch two daughters and a few start ups.