Amazon Web Services has announced that its AWS Database Migration Service, a fully managed service that allows customers to migrate their production Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL databases from on-premises data centers to AWS Cloud “with virtually no downtime,” is now available to customers globally.
Customers, including global enterprises and startups from a range of industries, used the AWS Database Migration Service preview to move more than 1,000 databases to the AWS Cloud since January 1, 2016. Many of these customers also used the AWS Schema Conversion Tool to switch database engines and break free from “the cost and complexity” of old guard commercial databases.
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 would solve this problem by reducing the complexity, cost, and downtime of database migration, making it possible for customers to migrate terabyte-sized on-premises Oracle, SQL Server, and open source databases to the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) or to a database running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) with virtually no downtime.
Customers would be able to set up their migrations in less than ten minutes. The AWS Database Migration Service handles all of the tasks involved in moving data and completing the migration. Customers can use the service to perform one-time migrations, or they can maintain continuous replication between databases without having to install or configure any complex software.
The AWS Database Migration Service monitors the progress of replication and migration, notifies customers of any network or host failures, and automatically provisions a host replacement in the event of a failure. Customers pay a hourly fee for the compute resources they use for migrating their database. For those customers who want to transition their applications from Oracle or SQL Server to Amazon Aurora or any of the open source engines supported in Amazon RDS (MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB), the AWS Schema Conversion Tool converts database schemas and stored procedures from one database platform to another.
“Hundreds of customers moved more than a thousand of their on-premises databases to Amazon Aurora, other Amazon RDS engines, or databases running on Amazon EC2 during the preview of the AWS Database Migration Service,” said Hal Berenson, Vice President, Relational Database Services, AWS. “Customers repeatedly told us they wanted help moving their on-premises databases to AWS, and also moving to more open database engine options, but the response to the AWS Database Migration Service has been even stronger than we expected. In the preview, one-third of the database migrations used the AWS Database Migration Service to not only move databases to the AWS Cloud, but also to switch database engines in the process.”