Recently Amazon Web Services launched a long-awaited addition to the Migration Stack they currently offer called Migration hub.
This article will tell you all there is to know about AWS Migration Hub and how it works.
AWS Migration Hub offers a single web portal to track the migration of applications and databases to AWS; this can be done via multiple AWS and partner solutions.
With Migration Hub, you simply choose the AWS and partner migration tools that best fit your needs and work through the phase I will outline later. During migration you retain visibility of the status of migrations across your portfolio of applications and databases.
AWS has really made it easier
Here’s how, by bringing together the other elements that AWS has been developing over the years in the migration stack to simplify the process.
As Jeff bar announced recently saying:
“One of the processes that AWS can help put focus on is the migration process.
When enterprises decide to migrate their application portfolios they want to do it in a structured, orderly fashion. These portfolios typically consist of hundreds of complex Windows and Linux applications, relational databases, and more.”
The application or migration approach is typically in three phases making it straightforward for customers eager to migrate but uncertain as to how to get started.
1. Discovery Phase– This is where a deep and complete understanding of all of the moving parts that power each application is done.
2. Server & Database Migration Phase – Here the transfer of on-premises workloads and database tables to the cloud takes place.
3. Tracking / Management Phase – Track and manage progress in an application-centric fashion. Having large application portfolios and multiple migrations happening in parallel means this is key.
It is also possible to skip the Discovery step and begin the migration immediately
where the estate is a lot smaller and a full-blown discover is not the best use of time.
Migration hub also provides access to the other tools that I mentioned above, while guiding you through the migration process and tracking the status of each migration, all in line with the methodology described in AWS’s Migration Acceleration Program (MAP).
You can also track the status of your migrations by checking the Migration Hub Dashboard.
This is significant as migrating applications and databases due to the diversity of products that are typically moved onto AWS cloud is extremely challenging.
There are already a bunch of companies interested in moving workloads (Applications or Databases) to AWS.
To date, AWS the company’s Database Migration Service has been used to move more than 34,000 databases to the cloud.
Migration hub answers those questions and I see it being a significant growth area for AWS. This is fertile ground for start-ups to capitalise on given the trending numbers above as an indication to go by.
These numbers are pretty impressive when you consider the fact that it is competing for enterprise customers with the likes of Microsoft, Google, and IBM. These enterprise companies often have large numbers of legacy applications, and moving them to the public cloud can be a challenge. The easier a migration is the better, at least as far as Amazon’s business is concerned.
AWS Migration Hub is available to all AWS customers at no additional charge. You only pay for the cost of the migration tools you use, and any resources being consumed on AWS in the course of the migration. AWS Migration Hub can manage migrations in any AWS Region that has the necessary migration tools available; the hub itself runs in the US West (Oregon) Region.
In conclusion, AWS continues to drive innovation and change in the Cloud space. The company’s vision to continually iterate and simplify the user experience is clear to see. Currently, the word is that AWS is leveraging its Partner network to provide competencies that will signify partners have the specialisation needed to effectively migrate onto AWS.