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As Its Cloud Grows, AWS Launches Free Migration Tool

Amazon Web Services (AWS) put a spotlight on enterprise cloud migrations at its AWS Summit event in New York City on Monday.

AWS now has a $16 billion run rate, according to Adrian Cockcroft, AWS' vice president of cloud architecture and strategy, who presided over the Monday morning keynote.

No doubt a major contributor to AWS' growth has been the constantly growing roster of organizations that are migrating part or all of their operations to its platform. Major customer wins from just this year include Dunkin' Brands Group, The New York Times, California Polytechnic State University and Ancestry.com. Cockcroft, who joined AWS last fall, is himself a veteran of major AWS customer Netflix, which completed its own seven-year migration to AWS in 2016.

On Monday, AWS announced two new high-profile customers: video streaming service Hulu and analytics firm FICO. Cockcroft also touted the success of the AWS Database Migration Service (DMS), which, since launching just last March, has helped customers migrate over 34,000 databases to date.

To facilitate the migrations of even more businesses to its cloud, AWS is launching the new AWS Migration Hub, a free tool that Cockcroft said "simplifies and accelerates" the application discovery and migration process for organizations.

[Click on image for larger view.] The main AWS Migration Hub dashboard. (Source: AWS/Jeff Barr)

The AWS Migration Hub first lets users run AWS' existing discovery services to identify exactly what assets, including servers and applications, they have to migrate.

It then automates the migration of those assets while providing users with ongoing visual data to help them track the process.

The solution integrates with AWS' own discovery and migration tools, as well as tools from AWS' partners. Users can see a list of applicable tools on the AWS Migration Hub screen, and choose which ones they want to use for their 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," said AWS evangelist Jeff Barr in a blog post Monday announcing the launch.

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