Sidestepping the Snags: 5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Running Microsoft Workloads on AWS

  • 4/10/ 2023
  • Blog
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So, you’ve decided to journey into the Amazon – the realm of Amazon Web Services (AWS), that is, for running your Microsoft workloads. An adventurous move, filled with opportunities to unlock incredible power and efficiency. But beware, like any great expedition, it is fraught with potential pitfalls. Let’s shine a torchlight on these shadowy traps and, more crucially, map out a path to sidestep them deftly.

Operating Microsoft workloads on Amazon Web Services (AWS) can offer tremendous benefits, such as scalability, cost-effectiveness, and performance enhancements. However, without the right strategies, you might not fully leverage these benefits. Here are common mistakes businesses often make with their Microsoft workloads on AWS, and how to avoid them:

Pitfall #1: The EC2 Instance ‘Size-mismatch’ Trap

Imagine strapping on a backpack, ready for a hike. Too small, and you can’t carry all your gear. Too big, and you’re burdened by unnecessary weight. This analogy encapsulates the common error when choosing an EC2 instance type – it’s either too small, leading to performance issues, or too large, causing wastage of resources.

Evasion Tactic: Your key weapon here is knowledge. A deep understanding of your workloads – how much they demand from CPU, memory, storage, and network bandwidth – is the cornerstone. This allows you to choose an EC2 instance type that fits like a glove, neither too loose nor too tight. AWS has you covered with tools like Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Trusted Advisor, ever-vigilant allies that enable you to continuously monitor and adjust your instances.

Pitfall #2: The Manual Management of SQL Server Databases Quagmire

Navigating the manual management of SQL Server databases on AWS is like canoeing up a creek without a paddle. You end up exerting significant effort, but progress is slow, and the journey fraught with the risks of human error.

Evasion Tactic: Delegate the hard work to Amazon RDS for SQL Server, your trusty autopilot for SQL Server database management. This managed service takes the grunt work out of tasks like hardware provisioning, database setup, patching, and backups. This frees up your crew to focus on navigating towards high-value targets such as data analysis and application optimization.

 

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Pitfall #3: The High Availability & Disaster Recovery Oversight

Imagine building a house in a storm-prone area, but neglecting to install a sturdy roof or reliable drainage. That’s what ignoring high availability and robust disaster recovery for Microsoft workloads on AWS is akin to.

Evasion Tactic: Protect your digital homestead by running your Microsoft workloads across multiple Availability Zones (AZs). This simple, effective measure can significantly boost the availability of your applications. For disaster recovery, think of AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery as your ultimate storm shelter. It enables you to quickly recover your applications in the wake of any disaster by replicating them in a separate AWS region.

Pitfall #4: The IAM Policy Blindspot

When managing access to your Microsoft workloads on AWS, inadequate IAM policies are akin to using a simple latch for a vault door. It’s either too easy for unwanted individuals to gain access, or too restrictive for those who need it.

Evasion Tactic: Use precise IAM policies, carefully tailored to match the access needs of your Microsoft workloads. Think of these as unique keys, designed to fit individual locks, providing just the right level of access. Keep your keys up-to-date by regularly reviewing and updating your policies. For an extra layer of security, consider IAM roles to provide required permissions for applications running on EC2 instances, eliminating the need to share long-term credentials.

Pitfall #5: The Cost Optimization Oversight

Running Microsoft workloads on AWS without an eye on cost optimization is like running a car without checking fuel consumption. Costs can quickly spiral out of control, and you might find yourself stranded in the middle of# “Navigating the Amazon: Dodging Common Hurdles When Running Microsoft Workloads on AWS”

Evasion Tactic: Stay vigilant by regularly monitoring your AWS usage with tools like AWS Cost Explorer. Consider EC2 Reserved Instances or Savings Plans for predictable workloads, which offer significant

Ah, the allure of the Amazon – not the river, but the cloud; Amazon Web Services (AWS), a compelling choice for operating your Microsoft workloads. It promises an adventurous voyage filled with potential, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. However, like any thrilling odyssey, potential pitfalls lurk in the shadows.

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