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

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Cloud projects often require you to evaluate requirements, define priorities, and come up with technical designs quickly and effectively. This course is designed to help you learn and develop the range of skills required to be a cloud professional dealing with a technical migration project by walking through how to migrate a business application from an end-of-life data center to Amazon Web Services.

We start by getting familiar with some of the business aspects that may be relevant in considering a cloud migration project. We then work through a technical migration scenario with a series of live brainstorming sessions. Our customer needs to migrate out of their data center by a specific date, as well as to make their business application more scalable and easier to improve and iterate on. In short, they want a more agile environment for their business service.

We join the CloudAcademy team as they evaluate the project requirements, agree on technical priorities, define a future state, define a reference architecture, and time box the phases of a migration plan.

We then learn more about some of the technical services we used in our design with six hands-on labs. Next, we learn about the AWS Database Migration Service, which is a very useful tool when considering any database migration. Finally, we complete two labs to introduce us to AWS Lambda and the Amazon Elastic File System - two services we included in the target architecture for our scenario. 

Learning Objectives

Following this course you will have a better understanding of how to:

  • Discuss and evaluate a cloud project
  • Define business and project requirements
  • Evaluate and review cloud services against a set of technical requirements
  • Prototype and demonstrate proof of concepts

Intended Audience

This scenario is highly recommended for anyone interested in learning how to become a cloud architect, specialist or consultant.


To get the most from this scenario, we recommend having a working knowledge of AWS. We recommend completing the Fundamentals of AWS course first.

This course Includes:

  • 6 courses
  • 8 labs 
  • 2 quiz sessions 
  • 1 exam


Please feel free to reach out to us at support@cloudacademy.com if you need help or want to provide feedback on this course.


  • May 31, 2018 - Added course exam
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Andrew is fanatical about helping business teams gain the maximum ROI possible from adopting, using, and optimizing Public Cloud Services. Having built  70+ Cloud Academy courses, Andrew has helped over 50,000 students master cloud computing by sharing the skills and experiences he gained during 20+  years leading digital teams in code and consulting. Before joining Cloud Academy, Andrew worked for AWS and for AWS technology partners Ooyala and Adobe.

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