Amazon Web Services (AWS) have launched the End-of-Support Migration Program for Windows server (EMP) to give AWS customers a migration path to AWS EC2 for applications dependent on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 that have reached End-of-Support.

Cloudhouse has been selected as the EMP Preferred Partner, working with partners and customers to help drive server migration to AWS.


What is EMP?

From January 14, 2020, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have reached End-of-support.

So that AWS enterprise customers have a migration path to EC2 for applications dependent on End-of-Support platforms, AWS have launched the End-of-Support Migration Program for Windows Servers, or EMP.

EMP leverages specialist application compatibility packaging technology which isolates the application from the underlying Operating System, enabling the migration of applications to a newer, supported version of Windows Server on AWS.

EMP will help partners attract End-of-Life Windows Server migrations to AWS.

While any licensing associated with EMP is included in EC2 subscriptions, partners delivering AWS migration projects will need to incorporate application compatibility packaging into their delivery programmes and services.


How does AWS EMP work?


Why Cloudhouse?

Cloudhouse brings a decade of experience migrating incompatible applications, a deep knowledge of the application compatibility solution underpinning AWS EMP, and an application compatibility packaging service that can scale up to deliver rapid packaging services to AWS customers and partners.


What is Application Compatibility Packaging?

To make an incompatible application function on the modern AWS EC2 platform, it needs to be taken through a process called Application Compatibility Packaging.

The process itself is very similar to the traditional application packaging process most often used to support desktop transformations but the output is an EMP Application Compatibility Package, configured to enable the application to deploy into AWS EC2 without the need to refactor, recode or upgrade the application.

The resulting Application Compatibility Package includes the resources necessary for the application to run on the newer version of Windows Server as well as all the application files, runtimes, components, and deployment tools, and has an engine that redirects the API calls from your application to files within the package.

This resolves any dependencies, and decouples the application from the underlying OS. The packaged application can now run on future versions of Windows Server, which means it’s not necessary to upgrade them when the next end of support event for Windows Server arrives.


How do I take advantage of EMP?

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