Launched a year ago, the AWS Migration Hub is a portal for Amazon and third-party cloud migration tools and services that enable companies to move their servers and databases to AWS faster than ever before. Although the Migration Hub was not built from the ground up, it is an exciting new development in that it brings together three existing AWS migration services, namely the Application Discovery Service, the Database Migration Service, and the Server Migration Service. By doing so, Amazon has provided a single dashboard for discovering apps, moving servers and databases, and for post-migration workload optimization.   

What Made the AWS Migration Hub Necessary?

Amazon’s cloud service is featured year after year as the industry leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), and the Migration Hub is yet more proof that Amazon’s position is well-deserved. The Seattle-based tech giant has realized that streamlining the use of its services can be a major differentiator both for its consumers and its customers. In this particular case, Amazon found that by offering a simple and intuitive cloud migration process, it could strengthen its leading position even more.   

How Does the AWS Migration Hub Work?

Migrations to AWS take place in five steps that, in fact, may not be so different from other platforms:

  1. Evaluation
  2. Planning
  3. Design
  4. Migration
  5. Optimization

While the first step of the methodology covers an assessment of migration readiness, the two that follow correspond to migration readiness and planning engagement. The final two represent the execution phase.

In terms of tools, the Migration Hub features both AWS tools and services, as well as methodology and the partner migration tools that can move apps and workloads into the Amazon cloud. The fact that the RiverMeadow SaaS has recently been listed as a partner tool used through the Migration Apps confirms, yet again, the maturity of our platform.

If you’re familiar with the RiverMeadow SaaS, you already know that our cloud migration platform takes a similar approach, from initial discovery and assessment to final optimization. Still, this is only one among many aspects that make our platform an excellent choice for an integration with the AWS Migration Hub.

The Main Benefits of the AWS Migration Hub

While the AWS Migration Hub doesn’t present a broad diversity of benefits, the ones it does provide are vital. First off, it improves the visibility of the IT portfolio that will be migrated to the cloud. As a result, migrations performed using this tool are far more flexible and can be adjusted if it’s ever needed.

Centralized migration tracking is definitely one of the most important advantages of using the AWS Migration Hub. Migration tracking can also be expanded even more by using dedicated APIs. The access control features that come with the portal ensure that only designated personnel will be able to prepare, run, and optimize the migration. Multi-region migrations are a welcomed bonus, as most companies doing migrations to AWS operate across multiple countries or even continents.

How Much Does AWS Migration Hub Cost?

The AWS Migration Hub is offered by Amazon as a free cloud migration tool. That said, your enterprise will have to cover the costs of the cloud migration platform. In this regard, the RiverMeadow SaaS is one of the most cost-effective solutions, besides being the most secure cloud migration platform currently available on the market. Despite being hosted in the AWS’ US-West-2 region, the AWS Migration hub can be used from anywhere in the world, so there should be no worries in that regard.

Would you like to learn more about the benefits of using the RiverMeadow SaaS platform from within the AWS Migration Hub? Please get in touch with us!