Top 10 AWS Cloud Migration Tools and Services in 2023

Shivkumar Mallesappa 18th January 2022 - 7 mins read

Cloud Migration is the first step that comes to mind when discussing digital transformation for any application. Even though cloud migration is a top priority for companies across the globe, yet they fail due to poor strategy and planning.

Public Cloud-like AWS helps organizations with seamless application migration, thereby, helping them to move their on-premise workloads to the cloud. And, since Cloud Migration is the iterative approach, AWS brings the best to the table with tools and services to simplify as well as expedite your move to the cloud.

In this blog post, we have listed top 10 AWS Application Migration tools, services and programs that will help you realize the benefits of migrating your most critical applications.

1. AWS Cloud Adoption Readiness Tool (CART)

Cloud readiness assessment is an essential first step that can provide a solid footing before moving forward with any of your plans. A cloud readiness assessment is where you examine your applications and data to determine if they can be moved to the cloud with minimal impact on operational continuity.

AWS Cloud Adoption Readiness Tool (CART) helps organizations of all sizes develop efficient and effective plans for cloud adoption and enterprise cloud migrations.

This is an online survey and assessment report that details your application migration readiness across six perspectives including business, people, process, platform, operations, and security.

This take-away report will help you plan and communicate with stakeholders.

2. AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP)

Enterprise migrations can be complex and time-consuming, but MAP can help you accelerate your application migration and modernization journey with an outcome-driven methodology.

The program is created specifically to help large enterprises streamline their cloud adoption with AWS services and best practices by taking the advantage of consulting, training and providing credits to offload initial migration cost.

MAP provides tools that reduce costs and automate and accelerate execution, tailored training approaches and content, expertise from AWS Professional Services, a global partner ecosystem, and AWS investment. MAP also uses a proven three-phased framework (Assess, Mobilize, and Migrate and Modernize) to help you achieve your migration goals.

3. AWS Application Migration Service

This is one of the latest services offered by AWS. It is an automated Lift and Shift Service.

AWS Application Migration Service (AWS MGN) allows you to quickly realize the benefits of migrating applications to the cloud without changes and with minimal downtime.

AWS Application Migration Service minimizes time-intensive, error-prone manual processes by automatically converting your source servers from physical, virtual, or cloud infrastructure to run natively on AWS.

And by launching non-disruptive tests before migrating, you can be confident that even the most critical applications such as SAP, Oracle, and SQL Server will work seamlessly on AWS.

4. AWS Migration Hub

AWS Migration Hub provides a single location to track the progress of application migrations across multiple AWS and partner solutions.

It allows you to choose the AWS and partner migration tools that best fit your needs, while providing visibility into the status of migrations across your portfolio of applications.

Migration Hub also provides key metrics and progress for individual applications, regardless of which tools are being used to migrate them.

5. AWS Application Discovery Service

AWS Application Discovery Service helps enterprise customers plan migration projects by gathering information about their on-premises data centers.

AWS Application Discovery Service collects and presents configuration, usage, and behaviour data from your servers to help you better understand your workloads.

This data is also available in AWS Migration Hub, where you can migrate discovered servers and track their progress as they get migrated to AWS.

6. AWS Database Migration Service

AWS Database Migration Service helps you migrate databases to AWS easily and securely. The source database remains fully operational during the migration, minimizing downtime to applications that rely on the database.

The service supports homogeneous migrations such as Oracle to Oracle, as well as heterogeneous migrations between various database platforms, such as Oracle to Amazon Aurora or Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL.

AWS Database Migration Service can also be used for continuous data replication with high availability.

7. AWS Server Migration Service

AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) is an agentless service which makes it easier and faster for you to migrate thousands of on-premises workloads to AWS. AWS SMS allows you to automate, schedule, and track incremental replications of live server volumes, making it easier for you to coordinate large-scale server migrations.

8. AWS Snow Family

The AWS Snow Family helps customers that need to run operations in austere, non-data center environments, and in locations where there’s lack of consistent network connectivity. The Snow Family comprises AWS Snowcone, AWS Snowball, and AWS Snowmobile and offers a number of physical devices and capacity points, most with built-in computing capabilities. These services help physically transport up to exabytes of data into and out of AWS. Snow Family devices are owned and managed by AWS and integrate with AWS security, monitoring, storage management, and computing capabilities.

9. AWS Datasync

AWS DataSync is a data transfer service that makes it easy for you to automate moving data between on-premises storage and Amazon S3 or Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS).

DataSync automatically handles many of the tasks related to data transfers that can slow down migrations or burden your IT operations, including running your own instances, handling encryption, managing scripts, network optimization, and data integrity validation.

DataSync uses an on-premises software agent to connect to your existing storage or file systems using the Network File System (NFS) protocol, so you don’t have to write scripts or modify your applications to work with AWS APIs.

The service enables one-time data migrations, recurring data processing workflows, and automated replication for data protection and recovery.

10. AWS Transfer Family

AWS Transfer Family provides fully managed support for file transfers directly into and out of Amazon S3 or Amazon EFS.

It supports Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), File Transfer Protocol over SSL (FTPS), and File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

AWS Transfer Family helps you seamlessly migrate your file transfer workflows to AWS by integrating with existing authentication systems.

Our application migration service minimizes downtime, enabling seamless collaboration through automation and much more. For more information, visit the Cloud Migration Service page or fill in our contact form for a free assessment of your current IT infrastructure.

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