Navigating the Top AWS MAP Migration Challenges


Beginning the AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP) is a transformative journey, yet it presents unique challenges. To pave the way for a smooth transition, let’s explore the primary obstacles faced during AWS MAP migration and explore strategies to overcome them.


1. Visibility – The Key to Success
Achieving visibility is paramount when migrating to the cloud through AWS MAP. The way data is presented is just as important as having comprehensive visibility. Thorough MAP resource tagging plays a key role in maximizing clear visibility. Filtering this newfound visibility ensures that untagged and incorrectly tagged resources are prioritized for remediation, facilitating swift MAP contract compliance and accelerating MAP credits. Without a clear understanding of your MAP environment, decision-making becomes challenging. Poor visibility means you might not be aware of what you don’t know. This challenge is compounded by AWS’s quarterly billing cycle, which may result in discovering lost credits weeks after it’s too late. To address this, leverage tools providing real-time, actionable insights, ensuring a clear view of your resources and facilitating informed decision-making.


2. Comprehensive Tagging – Capture Every Eligible Resource
Proper resource tagging is a cornerstone of AWS MAP success. Tagging MAP resources or workloads enables tracking the migration inventory scope as it is migrated over time, identification of AWS resources being used in place of legacy resources and the collection of cost and usage data for migrated resources. Tagging is used to report the spend on migrated resources and then to generate appropriate credits. Policies should be implemented to automatically tag MAP resources at the outset to ensure the capture of every eligible MAP resource, even ephemeral ones before they disappear from view. Resources must be properly tagged for eligibility in the calculation of MAP financial credits by AWS.


3. Correct Tags – the Last Piece of the Puzzle
Correct tags are the elusive last piece of the puzzle essential for capturing all eligible resources. Incorrect or missing tags can result in a loss of credits and hinder the migration process. Eligible resources must be correctly tagged, following AWS tagging conventions. Understanding and adhering to AWS’s tagging requirements is paramount. Implementing a tagging strategy, including automation, becomes the final puzzle piece, ensuring the use of correct and accurate AWS approved tags throughout.


In conclusion, achieving success in AWS MAP migration involves addressing key challenges head-on. Enhance visibility, capture all eligible resources through proper tagging, and ensure the use of correct tags. By navigating these challenges strategically, your migration journey becomes not just a transition, but a pathway to unlocking the full potential of AWS MAP for your organization’s success.

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About the Author


Sarah Breshears
Director of Marketing, CloudSaver