Three misconceptions about AEM as a Cloud Service

Since the introduction of AEM as a Cloud Service, its usage is steadily gaining momentum. Offering all the benefits of a PaaS solution, it’s very attractive regarding its features such as scalability, no downtime, redundancy, and pricing. But for organizations currently running on managed services or even on premise, the migration to the cloud service might seem like a big hurdle to overcome. In this article, we’ll discuss three common misconceptions about AEM as a Cloud Service.

1: Our case is customised uniquely to us, so we can’t move to the cloud

While some AEM features got sacrificed to transform AEM into a cloud native product, most instances can still be migrated without major issues. The most notable alterations are;

The removal of the Classic UI (but this has been long anticipated), the replication agents as well as the reverse replication. However, any modern codebase should be easily transferred to the cloud. Furthermore, Adobe has released the Cloud Acceleration Manager, which is a tool to scan AEM projects, regardless of size, for possible issues during migration. For every issue, there are various workarounds available.

2: My data is not safe in the cloud

Safety is firstly a guarantee. All data stored in AEM as a Cloud Service is stored on encrypted volumes and transferred via secure channels at all times. Furthermore, there is a full isolation between the instances and networking infrastructure of different customers.

The AEM as a Cloud Service solution has multiple independent certifications that attest both the product and applicable processes are secure and adhere to modern standards. These include e.g., SOC2, ISO 27001, and ISO 22301. Read more on AEM security here.

3: We are dependent on Adobe for releases if we move to the cloud

AEM as a Cloud Service includes usage of Cloud Manager. This is a service allowing customers to build, test, and deploy AEM applications hosted by Adobe. Cloud Manager enables customers to manage their custom code deployments on their cloud environments with manageable pipeline automation and complete flexibility for their deployments timing or frequency.

Using the Cloud Manager API, customers can integrate custom processes into Cloud Manager’s Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline.

So, we can conclude this is a very mature and flexible deployment tool, allowing deployments to be done with just the click of a button. There are no dependencies on external engineers or any ticketing systems.

If there are any questions about AEM as a Cloud Service or the migration of your platform to it, feel free to contact us. We have over 15 years of specialised experience in Adobe products, AEM sites and are currently an Adobe Certified Platinum partner in the EMEA region.

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