2018 Year in Review: DevOps Adoption & AWS Cloud Migration

By Flux7 Labs
December 28, 2018

According to research by IDG, 2018 saw a continued investment in the cloud by organizations big and small, with 73% of enterprises running at least one application, or a portion of their computing infrastructure, in the cloud. Another 17% say they plan to do so within the next 12 months. Moreover, more than one-third of IDG’s surveyed executive technology leaders feel pressure from the business to execute a complete cloud migration. The overarching goals of such a cloud migration: speed IT service delivery, increase agility, enable business continuity, and improve the customer experience.

AWS Cloud Migration

With the pressure to achieve all this and more with a wholesale move to the cloud, it’s little wonder that our series on AWS Cloud Migration was among the most widely read this year. Our most popular piece on the subject, AWS Migration Strategy: Replatform vs Refactor, discussed the differences between replatforming and refactoring, and when you might favor one approach over the other.

However, replatforming and refactoring are just two of several cloud migration approaches, which brings us to our second most popular piece on the topic, A Large Scale Cloud Migration Strategy & Process Framework which walks readers through a process for creating a custom approach to their own cloud migration strategy, in support of strategic business change.

Both blogs, (and for deeper reading a Cloud Migration Strategy white paper) focus on the need to properly identify your workloads’ strategic value to the organization to determine the right approach to cloud migration. Which leads us to our third most widely read blog on the topic, The Best Cloud Migration Path: Lift and Shift, Replatform or Refactor? In this piece, Flux7 CEO, Dr. Aater Suleman, presents readers with a series of questions that help assess workload value for the right migration path.

And, no series on AWS migration would be complete without a real-world example. In the two-part blog, DevOps Adoption Case Study: Developing an AWS Migration Path and Developing a Tomcat Cloud Migration, our cloud migration consulting team shares the process an enterprise media group went through to apply Flux7’s cloud migration framework to achieve a tailored cloud migration strategy for hundreds of applications, including over 100 Java apps.

DevOps Adoption

As we just saw in the example of the enterprise media organization, for many, DevOps is closely aligned with their move to cloud computing. This synergy was evident in our overall blog readership this year as our DevOps adoption series closely trailed the popularity of our cloud migration blogs.

Most popular in the series was DevOps Adoption: 7 Lessons for a Successful DevOps Pilot — and for good reason — as getting started on the right foot is imperative to a successful DevOps implementation. In this article, we explore important lessons learned for correctly choosing, scoping and evangelizing a ‘right-sized’ pilot project. As sherpas for many organizations who travel this path, at Flux7 we’ve learned many DevOps best practices, seven of which we share in this critical get-started piece.

As organizations transition from a traditional Development – IT Operations framework, a Landing Zone becomes a key component to DevOps success. We discuss in this DevOps blog, DevOps Adoption: Why Every DevOps Pilot Needs a Landing Zone, why the Landing Zone is such a critical foundational piece and the three incredibly important functions it serves. (Spoiler Alert: it provides needed efficiency, standardization, and governance.

Last, we were pleasantly surprised and humbled to see that our blog Announcing Flux7 AWS Landing Zones for Enterprise DevOps caught the eye of our readers. With IP based on proven successful deployments, Flux7 Landing Zones are a cloud implementation service that provides enterprise customers with a rapid route to a secure foundation in AWS. Flux7 Landing Zones on AWS can be used to launch an initial DevOps pilot project, to facilitate a mass AWS cloud migration, and to achieve Enterprise DevOps at Scale.

Bonus! For additional reading on DevOps success with Landing Zones, download our paper, Getting Started with Landing Zones.

Stay tuned for next week when we share our most popular thoughts from this year on CI/CD, security, and AWS services. In the meantime, we hope you enjoyed our best AWS Migration and DevOps transformation blogs of the year.  Were there articles you particularly enjoyed this past year that we didn’t mention here? What would you like to see more of in 2019? Drop us a line in the form below. We’d love to hear from you!