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Architecture & Strategy – AWS rolls out database migration service

21/03/2016 by Sharon Shahzad


Amazon has announced that it is has started rolling out its new AWS Database Migration Service, which enables enterprise customers to migrate Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL and other leading databases from on-premise data centres to the cloud in a cost-effective and timely manner. The new service was first unveiled in October at the re:Invent Conference and is now being extended to all AWS customers.

Amazon claims the new service will put an end to difficult migration choices by reducing the cost, complexity and downtime of switching on-premise and open-source databases to the cloud. It also includes a few useful features, including replication and migration monitoring during the process, host failure notifications and the provision of a replacement if something goes wrong. Amazon has also confirmed that customers will only be required to pay an hourly fee for the compute resources during migration, which could come to around $3 per terabyte.

In an official statement, Amazon said: “Customers migrating their databases to the cloud have faced a difficult choice: either take their database out of service while they copy the data (losing revenue and traffic in the process), or purchase migration tools that typically cost hundreds of thousands of dollars … The AWS Database Migration Service solves this problem by reducing the complexity, cost, and downtime of database migration.”

Amazon has said that hundreds of customers have already moved thousands of on-premises databases since the preview product went live late last year. Another benefit of the new service is that customers will have the option of maintaining a continuous loop or replication between the databases, or performing a single one-off migration. The process can also be completed without configuring or installing any additional software.

A new study by VMware and EMC has highlighted how modern enterprises are still struggling to develop an effective IT cloud strategy with nine out of ten respondents admitting that their hybrid cloud plans are not yet past the proof of concept stage. The report found that 95% of IT departments are aiming to eliminate silos, but just 4% have managed to do this. Additionally, the businesses with the most mature hybrid cloud architectures have less than 20% of apps in the hybrid environment. It also noted that organisations would greatly benefit from a “robust IT service strategy”.

VMware federation Vice President Loretta Brown added: “Together, with EMC, our mutual customers can achieve IT transformation by easily extending their private cloud workloads to and from the public cloud, while managing, securing and connecting all of their applications across all clouds and all devices.”

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