A Magic Wand for Converting BYOS to PAYG on AWS

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What if you had a Magic Wand for AWS, one that helps with lift and shift migrations, minimizing time-intensive, error-prone manual processes by automatically replicating entire servers and converting your source servers from physical, virtual, or cloud infrastructure to run natively on AWS. Even better, you can do all this without having to make any changes to the applications, their architecture, or the migrated servers. Wouldn’t that be amazing? The good news is, such a magic wand exists – it’s called AWS MGN or AWS Application Migration Service. It was actually launched last year. AWS MGN reduces overall migration costs because there is no need to invest in multiple migration solutions, specialized cloud development, or application-specific skills. AWS MGN can be used to migrate any application from any source infrastructure that runs supported operating systems – truly magical, right? You can learn more about MGN from these 2 blogs here: How to Use MGN, Accelerating Your Migration with MGN.

So the magic wand isn’t new, what’s new is this latest update to MGN – a magic wand especially for SUSE customers! How does it work? Let me explain. Some of our customers are on AWS, but using SUSE provided subscriptions, this is called BYOS – or Bring Your Own Subscription. How this happened is usually – the customer is a long time SUSE client, they are reducing their own data center footprint (or eliminating it entirely) and moving to the cloud. Their subscriptions to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES for short) are still valid, so they’re like – lemme just keep on using these subscriptions. Now your subscription is up for renewal. And since you are already in the cloud, it just makes sense to get the SLES license directly from AWS, however, that does mean you have to reinstall, redeploy. Now if you have hundreds, or even thousands of server instances – this can be a daunting task. But now with the MGN SUSE update, presto-chango, you can convert to Pay As you Go (PAYG) on AWS easily – fully automated! Thanks – AWS! This is another June gift that our customers will surely appreciate. 😊

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Helen Tang

Helen Tang is a worldwide evangelist and runs alliances marketing at SUSE. In this role, Helen focuses on helping customers launch digital transformations in their own data centers or in the cloud. Her team helps customers adapt new infrastructure, modernize applications and implement mission critical workloads with our partner solutions.