In 2021, we saw a continuation of the trends of 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic further drove an already accelerated move to the cloud and cloud-native technologies. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner and a provider of cloud consulting services, ClearScale was right in the midst of these continuing developments.

Our team worked with many organizations ranging from SMBs to the enterprise on a variety of cloud projects. We executed large-scale cloud migrations, built smart recommendation engines, refactored legacy apps for the cloud, built data lakes for collecting and analyzing information, and much more. It was another busy and productive year.

Along the way, we shared our AWS cloud expertise on the ClearScale blog. After examining our web traffic data, we identified the most-read blog posts in 2021. Here are the top 5. As always, thank you for reading.

5. Recapping Adam Selipsky’s AWS re:Invent 2021 Keynote Presentation

When new AWS CEO Adam Selipsky kicked off day two of AWS re:Invent 2021, his keynote address was an anticipated event. And our website metrics show it. Our recap of Mr. Selipsky’s presentation covered his long-term visions for the AWS cloud platform. From the new Graviton3 server chip to a forthcoming mainframe modernization service to the new Amazon EC2 Trn1 instances, AWS’s CEO laid out a convincing argument for why AWS is still the leader in cloud computing.

4. Top 3 Benefits of Using AWS Step Functions

When AWS originally launched Step Functions, the purpose of the serverless function orchestrator was to simplify the process of managing and sequencing AWS Lambda functions. AWS Step Functions helps businesses improve application resiliency, write efficient code, and more. In Top 3 Benefits of Using AWS Step Functions, we take a look at those AWS Lambda challenges. We then explain how AWS Step Functions plugs those gaps.

3. Calculating Cloud Migration Costs

There are many reasons why some organizations are hesitant about migrating to the cloud. But, undoubtedly, one of the primary concerns is uncertainty about whether the financial investment is worth it. After all, when you don’t know what to expect, it’s difficult to calculate the potential return on investment of a migration. Based on our extensive cloud migration experience, we compiled a list of five steps to help businesses calculate their cloud migration costs. We published those steps in Five Steps for Calculating AWS Cloud Migration Costs to help those who might still be on the fence about moving to the cloud get off to a good start.

2. Using the 12-Factor Approach for Microservices

There are many advantages of using microservices architecture rather than the monolith approach to app development. But a common question is, how exactly do you pull it off? One method that we’ve found extremely beneficial is the Twelve-Factor App methodology, originally created by developers at Heroku. These principles work well for breaking monolithic apps into microservices and for developing cloud-native apps from scratch using microservices. In Using the 12-Factor Approach for Microservices, we give an overview of the Twelve-Factor App methodology with information specific to microservices.

1. 8 Reasons to Migrate to the Cloud in 2021

As expected, cloud migration was a hot topic in 2021. That’s evidenced by two out of our top five blog posts for the year. Organizations migrate to the cloud for many different reasons. Some need to reduce IT costs. Others want to adopt DevOps best practices. Regardless of the reason, our blog post 8 Reasons to Migrate to the Cloud in 2021 summarizes the top drivers for cloud migration that we see through our work as a cloud consulting service provider. If you’re uncertain about how a cloud migration would benefit your organization, our most-read blog post of 2021 may spark some ideas.

Thanks for reading, and keep following the ClearScale blog. We’ll continue publishing new content about how the cloud can help your organization meet its most ambitious goals in 2022.