Many organizations looking to adopt AWS have a “need for speed”: they need the benefits and the business outcomes that come with cloud now.

A business may decide to move to AWS many different reasons, but almost all of them come with some element of time pressure.

Maybe they have held on to legacy on-premises infrastructure for too long, even as their competitors have transformed their business with the cloud, and they are now feeling the FOMO.

Maybe their legacy contracts are expiring soon, and they require continuation of service for their business to stay operating. It’s possible they already have a footprint with a different public cloud provider, and they are pursuing a multi- or poly-cloud strategy.

Business may be seeking to capitalize on a new commercial opportunity, that needs to happen now. Or maybe they’re involved in a merger, or in the process of being acquired themselves.

External factors also play a role. For example, there was a widespread, rapid move to AWS in 2020 following the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But whichever way a business arrives at the decision to move to AWS, the challenge then becomes, how? "How do we get there fast, while making sure we build something that remains fit-for-purpose over the long-term?"

It’s not easy.

Only 32% of Australian IT and business leaders consider their organizations to be ‘well prepared’ to migrate critical applications to the cloud, according to the State of Cloud Adoption in Australia 2021 report, commissioned by Telstra Purple. There are plenty of challenges.

The Challenges of Moving to the Cloud

One of the main challenges in moving to AWS is establishing secure, best practice foundations, consisting of guardrails, secure accounts, user access, repeatable deployment patterns and network configuration.

This requires a significant investment in both time and capital expenditure, and also a skilled cloud engineering team to handle the implementation. But a migration cannot begin until this foundational build is complete, sidelining your application engineers for long periods.

A typical build costs $400-800k in CapEx and takes between eight and 14 weeks to go live. Once the environment is built, your team must support, update, and optimize it over time. You can’t adopt a “set and forget” approach to cloud. Doing so leaves you open to elevated security risk, delivery risk and higher costs. AWS releases new product updates constantly, many of which will improve your security, reduce costs or improve workflows—but only if you can adopt them. If your team lacks the resources to do so, your business will miss out on the benefits.

The Stax Solution

But what if you could skip all of this pain? What if you could accelerate your transition to AWS, and then allow your team to focus on building value, not maintaining the underlying cloud? There is a solution to this issue: Stax.

Stax allows businesses to rapidly establish an enterprise-grade, production-ready cloud environment, ready to build on in days, not months. An AWS-endorsed architecture for a multi-account cloud environment with segregated account access means your environment is “secure by design” and can scale as your business grows.

Automated patterns mean a consistently high level of security and less of an impact from human error, as well as more enabled teams who can focus on innovation, not cloud foundations. Bank-grade security and risk management features keep customer data safe. Stax establishes guardrails governing team access and compliance alerting, allowing you to have confidence you are adhering to industry compliance standards such as the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) standards.

Maybe your organization has a need for speed and is feeling the pressure to enter the cloud now. Stax can make that happen. But it can also make sure your cloud environment is secure, robust, best practice—and guarantee it will stay that way in the long run. With Stax, you can start strong, and stay strong. Get in touch with our team to learn more, and to request a demo.

By Rowan Udell Stax expert Rowan Udell's blogs feature unique insights into the realities of building an AWS ecosystem.