Cloud Pathway to AWS – Step 2

March 27th• 18.00 to 20.30 • 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, Mid Lothian, EH3 9DZ


On March 27th at Codebase in Edinburgh, Cloudsoft held an event with three speakers covering the thinking and practicalities of migrating applications to AWS, including as a foundation for digital transformation, and real world guidance on how to secure AWS.


Our presenters provided some fascinating insights into how businesses and practitioners are actually doing cloud – the reality behind the theory!
  • Migration can be tricky – what should you look out for? What should you avoid?
  • Migration is more than moving workloads: there’s a mindset change required, but what is it?
  • Getting cloud security wrong can be expensive – even existential – but there is an abundance of practices and tools to help everyone.


The clear messages and key take-aways from the event could be summarised thus:
  1. Migration can be pitched as a “simple lift-and-shift” but the reality is much more complex. It’s definitely worth doing, but not with your eyes shut. Common pitfalls include not understanding what dependencies exist between the migrated workload and the non-migrated on-premises systems, like Active Directory.
  2. Cloud gives you the chance to buy-not-build, but there are some things you want to build for yourself – your unique business innovation, for example, and some commodity things you should just let managed AWS services do for you (API Gateways being a good example).
  3. Security used to be a challenge for people looking at cloud: now it is a driver, because AWS have democratised access to fantastic security services, tools and practices. And there’s a healthy security ecosystem including Slack channels like #securityscotland and Open Source tools galore.

Get the slides

You can already download Cloudsoft’s VP of Engineering Aled Sage’s migration slides and Matt Erasmus’ security slides if you missed the event or would like to refresh your memory:
For all enquiries regarding this event or future ones, email Cloudsoft at

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