3 Tips to migrate Alfresco to AWS or Azure

Posted by Daniela Di Noi on 1/7/19 12:02 PM

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Cloud infrastructure offers many benefits and companies are progressively migrating from on premise to cloud models, driven by the need to reduce infrastructure costs, increase business agility and modernize the IT asset base.

According to recent statistics,  it is estimated that by 2020, more than 1/3rd of the data will pass through the cloud and by 2021, 94% of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centers (Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2016–2021 White Paper).

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is no exception and, accordingly to Gartner, 39% of organizations are primarily deploying ECM via a cloud model. However, you can’t realize all the benefits of the cloud by lifting-and-shifting a monolithic legacy ECM system. Instead, look for a content services platform that is purpose-built for the cloud, like Alfresco Content Services.

At Xenit, we have been working with cloud since 2012, but at that time clients adoption was lacking behind. Until 2016, when we migrated two projects from on-premise instances to AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Azure (Microsoft cloud computing service).

In 2018, at the Alfresco DevCon in Lisbon, we shared 3 tips to migrate your Alfresco to the cloud, to help companies grow and manage their infrastructures rapidly and efficiently, while simultaneously optimizing and managing capital costs and expenses.


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During the migration of the two projects, copying over the data, from on-premise data center to the cloud, was the bottleneck. It's often slow to copy a lot of small files. To give an example: it takes about 15 days to copy 4TB of content over a 3 Mbps connection.



Cloud architectures are very transparent, because all information about their possibilities and prices are available online. Components are regularly added and updated to take into account the latest technology and are easy to evaluate and access.



It's a migration project first. Those projects typically require a very short cut-off period, during the weekend, for example. Therefore limit the scope of work to the migration. And leave other ideas, like upgrades, to subsequent projects.


Want to migrate and deploy your Alfresco to the cloud with us? With Alfred Hosting, we offer a flexible content hosted offering, providing an infrastructure, as well as services, that simplifies managing infrastructure, storage, and databases.



Topics: Alfresco, Alfred, Digital Transformation, Cloud, AWS, Azure

About Xenit 


Xenit is a Belgium-based IT company, focusing  on content services solutions, and covering all document-related business processes, from data migration to digital archive to hybrid/cloud hosting solution, to help organizations get control of their information. Premier Partner and System Integrator of Alfresco Digital Business Platform, Xenit has more than 10 years of experience in Alfresco Content and Process Services.


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