AWS Adds Partner Competencies in Cloud Migration

The new categories are designed to help customers identify solutions providers with proven ability to perform and give advice on migration to AWS.

Aldrin Brown, Editor-in-Chief

June 9, 2016

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AWS Adds Partner Competencies in Cloud Migration

Amazon Web Services this week released new partner competencies aimed at validating the ability of managed services providers (MSPs) to handle migrations of workloads to the AWS cloud.

The new AWS Migration Competency regime adds to the 12 competencies already available through the AWS Partner Competency Program.

Also recognized, were 32 Amazon Partner Network “launch partners” who have gained some of the new competencies through demonstrated expertise in helping customers migrate to AWS.

“More and more, I hear from customers who want to migrate large-scale workloads to AWS, and seek advice regarding their cloud migration strategy,” said a blog post by Jeff Barr, the official Chief Evangelist for AWS.

“In an effort to make it as easy as we can for you to identify APN partners who’ve demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in migration, I’m pleased to announce the launch of the AWS Migration Competency,” he wrote.

The new categories include:

  • Migration Delivery Partners – Help customers through the entire migration process by providing personnel, tools and professional services education.

  • Migration Consulting Partners – Provide expertise and training to help customers quickly achieve outcomes or develop capabilities, like DevOps, modernizing applications and solutions implementation.

  • Migration Technology for Discovery & Planning – Build comprehensive migration plans that include solutions for discovering IT assets and identifying dependencies and requirements.

  • Migration Technology for Workload Mobility – Execute migrations by capturing host server, configuration, storage and network states, then provisioning and configuring the target resources on AWS.

  • Migration Technology for Application Profiling – Capture and analyze application performance data, usage and monitoring dependencies, before and after migration.

AWS’s move is the latest initiative by major cloud service providers aimed at steering partners toward more cloud-focused businesses.

In April, the Microsoft Partner Network announced it would phase out obsolete competency categories during the subsequent 18 months, including those deemed inconsistent with the vendor’s intensifying cloud focus.

As part of that initiative, Microsoft detailed a robust effort to help partners gain certification in newly developed or existing competencies that emphasize cloud-related skills and expertise.

The AWS announcement stressed the rigor of the competency program. Consulting and technology partners must provide at least five customer references attesting to successful AWS migration projects of 10 applications or more.

Migration consulting partners must obtain at least 10 AWS certifications, including two professional-level certifications, while migration delivery partners need a minimum of 30 certifications, including eight at the professional level.

“Workload migration is a key milestone of the customer journey on AWS, and helping customers map out a clear and comprehensive migration strategy is a top priority in which AWS Partner Network (APN) partners can provide enormous support,” said a blog entry published by APN.


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Aldrin Brown

Editor-in-Chief, Penton

Veteran journalist Aldrin Brown comes to Penton Technology from Empire Digital Strategies, a business-to-business consulting firm that he founded that provides e-commerce, content and social media solutions to businesses, nonprofits and other organizations seeking to create or grow their digital presence.

Previously, Brown served as the Desert Bureau Chief for City News Service in Southern California and Regional Editor for Patch, AOL's network of local news sites. At Patch, he managed a staff of journalists and more than 30 hyper-local and business news and information websites throughout California. In addition to his work in technology and business, Brown was the city editor for The Sun, a daily newspaper based in San Bernardino, CA; the college sports editor at The Tennessean, Nashville, TN; and an investigative reporter at the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA.


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