Migrating Your App Infrastructure to Graviton: Tips and Best Practices

Migrating Your App Infrastructure to Graviton: Tips and Best Practices

Transitioning scale-out application infrastructure over to AWS Graviton promises significant cost savings and performance gains. But how can development teams smoothly migrate existing deployments while avoiding common pitfalls?


Based on successfully porting dozens of customers, here are our top tips for streamlining your migration to Graviton:



  1. Assess Ecosystem Compatibility


Review whether dependent languages, frameworks and databases have Arm-compatible runtimes or need recompilation. Most popular open source tech now supports Arm but good to validate.



  1. Utilize Cross-Compile Build Tools


Build automation tools like Docker can compile your code to target multiple architectures allowing easier migrations. Automated testing on Graviton also helps catch incompatibilities early.



  1. Enable Architecture Autodetection


Set compiler flags to auto detect underlying hardware on AWS including Arm extensions. This ensures compatibility across hardware generations with less rework.



  1. Start Small with Non-Critical Workloads


Migrate dev, staging or pre-production environments first. Optimize and test extensively before shifting business critical production workloads.



  1. Monitor for Performance Regressions


Actively benchmark across environments to catch any code paths slowing down on Graviton. This data helps prioritize optimization and fine tuning efforts for smooth end user experience.



With careful planning, most Linux-based scale-out infrastructures can migrate to Graviton transparently and start benefiting from significant TCO savings. Our optimization experts can also assist in enabling your custom software stack if needed.


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