Cloud migration can be daunting, no matter how large or small your company may be.
Every tool or update that can make the move easier is welcomed with a round of applause.
AWS released a series of updates last month that expanded its offering and increased flexibility for customers who want to migrate their VM workloads to AWS from Azure.
Amazon Simple Migration Service – AWS announced on April 18th that it would now support VMs migrating from Azure to AWS. This will make it easier to migrate your existing apps to AWS cloud.
Azure customers don’t have to replicate individual servers. Instead, they can use SMS to transfer their VMs or apps in one package.
This agentless service makes it easy to automate, schedule and track server migrations on an even larger scale. It also reduces the time required and minimizes the chance of errors.
Prospective customers who are moving their operations from Azure into AWS will be pleased to know that all capabilities included in the migration service are free. Only pay for the resources that you use on other services such as S3, EBS and EC2.
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Key advantages of using AWS SMS:Cloud migration–simplified. AWS SMS makes it easy to move your first server batch. AWS SMS manages the details of the migration and automatically replicates live servers.
Multi-server migrations can be organized. AWS SMS manages server-migrations. Users can schedule and configure replications ahead of their time, and track progress across applications.
Incremental server testing. AWS SMS supports incremental replication and allows you to quickly test the servers you have brought over. AWS SMS allows you to make small, incremental changes to your servers and save money on bandwidth.
Supports replication across a variety of operating systems. This tool supports the replication and backup of operating system images that contain Windows as well as many major Linux distributions.
Minimal downtime. AWS SMS’s incremental replication reduces the impact that app failure could have on your business operations.
Cloud providers are competing to win the migration race. AWS SMS was launched in response to Microsoft Azure Site Recovery tool. This will help to support the vendor’s ongoing efforts to not only keep but also expand its market share over its main competitor.
AWS purchased CloudEndure in January 2019, a start-up that specializes in disaster recovery and backup services to enterprise customers. The acquisition–together with its existing products and increased focus on multi- and hybrid cloud deployment–reaffirmed AWS’s commitment to prioritizing workload migration.
AWS has a strong reputation for internal development and rarely ventures into the world start-up acquisition. However, the CloudEndure high-level disaster recovery, back up, and migration tools were too tempting to pass up.
CloudEndure can handle more complex migration scenarios that SMS and is available via a SaaS subscription.
The race to increase migration capabilities isn’t just for the two largest players in the market. Google Cloud Platform also invested in its offerings with the 2018 acquisition Velostrata. This start-up, which previously provided support for all three major providers, now only caters to Google Cloud.
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