Top 6 Cloud Migration Tools

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Migrating to the cloud can be a hassle. It comes with the worry of downtime and teams struggling with where to start. But the right cloud migration tools can make the migration smooth.

A Cloud Migration Tool assists IT teams in moving from legacy infrastructure to the cloud or between two cloud environments. Cloud migration tools help in effectively moving data, applications, and workload. 

Migration may involve more than one cloud. Some clouds may be public, where the services are delivered over the public internet. At the same time, some clouds are private and consist of secure cloud infrastructure available to only a specific IT organization. IT companies commonly use several clouds, that are both public and private, in a hybrid cloud environment. So the cloud migration tool that is chosen by the IT team should be compatible with the cloud destination. 

Cloud migration tools are solution suites where the vendor company supports the client's end-to-end cloud journey.

Key features of a Cloud Migration Tool

A cloud migration tool is used to access an organization's digital landscape, plan and execute the migration journey and ensure optimal post-migration performance. 

Features of a cloud migration tool

  • Must support end-to-end migration journey

  • Cloud destination compatibility

  • Pre-migration assessment 

  • Ability to migrate data and application 

  • Provides insights on cloud performance optimization

Before we discuss the cloud migration tools, let me introduce you to  Zluri. 

Zluri is a SaaS management platform that monitors, controls, and secures all applications of an organization's SaaS environment. There are different modules in Zluri that helps to automate onboarding and offboarding, discover all applications in the organization, and monitor renewals of contracts. It even optimizes application costs and guides in smooth vendor management. 

Zluri provides IT teams with utilization data, real-time insights, and reports about every application in the company. This can help IT admins manage and secure all the applications.

Cost optimization

Zluri dashboard

Zluri is the most comprehensive software purchase and cost optimization platform globally. Employees sometimes have access to corporate credit cards, but finance teams are unaware of 70% of the IT resources. Zluri helps to view all these apps and solve accounting issues associated with these apps.

With Zluri, IT teams get clear visibility into their SaaS landscape. This helps to discover all apps that the employees have signed up for. The admins can then provision or deprovision these apps according to the employee's job requirements.

Zluri eliminates SaaS wastage and helps to be audit-ready. IT Admins can also automate IT workflow and grant/revoke access to the application in a single click.

With Zluri, IT teams can buy new apps and manage SaaS renewals with pricing benchmarks and data-backed negotiations. Zluri helps to save up to 50% of the SaaS spend!

This software application provides complete control over SaaS tracks, thus reducing the financial, compliance, and security risks associated with SaaS apps and their usage.

IT teams can save up to 50% of the organization's SaaS cost by eliminating SaaS waste from the company's SaaS stack by removing redundant apps. The redundant apps exist in the form of duplicate apps, and unused and underused apps. With Zluri, admins can optimize SaaS spending by right-sizing licenses by increasing/decreasing the number of licenses and their tiers.

The renewal calendar by Zluri provides alerts about upcoming renewals and prevents auto-renewals, and helps to make data-informed decisions on renewals.

Zluri connects with the company's expense and finance management systems to automatically map reimbursement with SaaS spending. It also makes approving spend and reimbursement easy and saves 100s of hours for finance teams.

Smooth Onboarding and Offboarding

user mfo

Zluri saves precious time spent on repetitive and mundane IT tasks like employee onboarding and offboarding. With automated onboarding, new joiners need not wait for weeks to get access to the tools. Instead, Zluri allocates them the tools on day one. While with offboarding, Zluri provisions all the licenses of the employee and eliminates all additional applications that the employee had signed up for. 

Zluri even gives personalized recommendations for new employees based on their department and seniority. Zluri knows which apps a new employee will require and what groups/channels they will be joining. This is done based on the users' app usage, Zluri recommends apps with high accuracy that the new joiners will need.

During offboarding, Zluri revoked access from all apps the employee has access to rather than just the SSO or Google workspace and secure the data from unauthorized access.

Smart app discovery

smart app

Zluri provided 100% discoverability to identify redundant, unused, and underutilized apps. It finds applications using five powerful discovery methods: SSO or IDP, finance systems, direct integration, browser extensions, and desktop agents.

These methods help to discover unauthorized apps running in the organization and act on them. Also, get to know who has purchased an app, who its users are and how frequently they are used.

Zluri identifies the idle and least used apps from the SaaS landscape. IT admins can discard them right away to cut off the excess SaaS spend. 

This software application also ensures that all the present apps in the SaaS landscape meet industry-wide compliance standards before the audit date.

Top 6 Cloud Migration Tools

1. AvePoint fly server

AvePoint Fly Server is a cloud migration tool that helps to move, migrate or restructure cloud content with Microsoft teams and Microsoft 365. It migrates unlimited data easily and with full fidelity. 

Avepoint

This tool easily consolidates Microsoft 365 tenants, content in other clouds like Google, Slack, Dropbox, and Box, or even on-premises email, file shares, and SharePoint into Microsoft 365 and even the latest SharePoint version.

Features

  • Pre-scan migration sources.

  • Automate the migration project by defining filters, mapping, and schedules.

  • Monitoring migration progress.

  • Clean and secure data

  • Optimize the M365 migration project

Pros

  • Easy to set up and start new migrations

  • Through support, solutions come quickly

  • Verity of options for migrations, good planning tools, and user management

  • Straight forward deployment and a SharePoint migrator 

Cons 

  • There are error reports and issues with Nintex workflow migrations

  • There is no granular permission for site collection admins to run reports just for their denoted site collection.

Customer Rating

  • G2- 3.9/5

  • Gartner- 4/5

2. AppDynamic

Appdynamics

AppDynamic monitors real-time performance issues to speed up and streamline migration. Organizations can use AppDynamic cloud migration tools to prove the value of their cloud investments with pre and post-migration performance metrics.

With AppDynamic, companies can prevent technical issues from delaying migration progress. Get immediate answers on where and why an issue has occurred.

Features

  • Key infrastructure metric for clear performance insight.

  • Dashboard for agreement compliance in real-time.

  • Visibility into every application and dependency through flow maps.

  • Expedite root cause analysis across hybrid cloud architectures.

  • Validates post-migration success.

Pros

  • Good integration with load runner tool for performance test

  • Real-time monitoring of databases and servers

  • Application performance matrix data display

Cons 

  • Needs a little bit of a learning curve to get started 

  • No options for login checking; you have to log in server or use Splunk

  • Customizing alters, and suppression is difficult  

  • Subscription is very expensive 

Customer Rating

  • G2- 4.3/5

  • Capterra - 4.6/5

3. Azure Database migration tool

Azure

Azure Database migration is a tool that helps simplify, automate and guide database migration to Azure. It easily migrates the organization's data, scheme, and objects from multiple sources to the cloud at scale.

Organizations can execute a complete migration with near-zero downtime. This tool helps to migrate databases and server objects, including user accounts, agent jobs, and SQL Server Integration Services packages, all at once with almost no downtime.

Features

  • Database sensitive migration service moves data, objects, and schemes to Azure.

  • Easy-to-understand processes help get the job done the first time.

  • Supports Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB migration to Azure from on-premises along with other clouds.

  • Highly resilient and self-healing migration services provide reliable outcomes.

Pros 

  • Ability to use excel files to rework data

  • Plenty of resources to assist with the migration 

  • Mapping of the app interaction with the analytics agent installed in the device

  • Very intuitive and secure  

Cons 

  • Needs a more detailed matrix like CPU and memory usage in real-time 

  • Only offers migration to Azure 

  • Downloading and installing the collector appliance is an issue

Customer Rating

  • G2- 4.3/5

  • Gartner- 4.4/5

4. Carbonite Migrate

Carbonite

Carbonite Migrate allows IT organizations to easily migrate workloads to and from physical, cloud, and virtual environments with near-zero downtime. There are options for finely tuned automation that help orchestrate every stage of the process.

This migration tool replicates data continuously to minimize downtime and enable fast cutover. It also performs unlimited testing of new environments without disrupting operations. 

Features

  • Migrates data and systems to, from, and between any combination of physical, virtual, and cloud-based platforms.

  • Automates and orchestrates migration configuration and management.

  • Scalable continuous replication with minimal performance or bandwidth impact.

  • Lock into any specific hypervisor, cloud vendor, or hardware.

  • AES-256-bit encryption.

  • Comprehensive SDK for integration, orchestration, and automation.

Pros

  • Helpful on an infrastructural level

  • Works well in windows platform migration and in the case of vml platform 

  • Migrating Windows and Linux servers from one data center to another data center and also in the cloud lie Azure and AWS

Cons

  • While migrating the window cluster server, it keeps failing 

  • Difficult to use this tool in a multi-cloud environment 

  • Migration is RHEL, and the Linux environment can be improved 

Customer Rating

  • G2- 5/5

  • PeerSpot- 3.5/5

5. Cloudsfer

Cloudsfer

Cloudsfer helps to instantly copy file storage and transfer and backup your files anywhere. This migration tool is cloud-to-cloud migration as well as on-premise to the cloud. It Integrates with over 20 cloud storage providers at the fingertips. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, SharePoint Online, and Egnyte are some of the integration.

Cloudsfer takes advantage of multi-user migration, cloud backup services, and on-premise to cloud transfer. It also supports a wide variety of systems and categories.

Features

  • It provides multi-user data migration- migration between more than 20 cloud systems. 

  • It offers migration to any cloud storage from over 12 different on-premise systems.

  • Handles any numbers and sizes of migration.

  • Get to keep the original metadata of files. 

  • Schedule cloud backup and migration.

  • Provides secure cloud backup and migration.

Pros

  • The user interface is good.

  • Wide support to a variety of tools and cloud providers

  • Supports multiple and easy-to-use cloud-based data storage systems

  • Cost-Effective 

Cons

  • The support crew takes time to react to client inquiries  

  • The dashboard could improve with customizable widgets

Customer Rating

  • G2- 4.3/5

  • Capterra- 4.7/5

6. Turbonomic

Upguard (1)

Turbonomic supports "Lift and Shift" and "Optimized" migration modes. Both methodologies lead to cloud migration but differ in the resulting application performance and cost.

The latest Cloud Migration features of Turbonomic 8 offer a guided step-by-step wizard that allows users to compare the life and shift strategy with the optimized migration strategy and choose the one that best fits the needs of the IT organization.

Features

  • It provides cloud and on-premise data centers.

  • Gives visibility into all workloads.

  • It evaluates throughput and IOPs demand to scale to the perfect storage solution. 

  • Scales database resources exactly when the applications need them.

  • Supports any upstream version of Kubernetes. 

Pros

  • Proactive monitoring of all open enrollment applications

  • Effectively shows patterns to identify the most problematic factors that affect the progress of migration.

  • Ability to monitor the virtual environment and take steps to correct issues related to migration.

  • Ensures that VMs are allocated with proper resources like memory, storage, networks, etc.

Cons

  • It is expensive 

  • Capacity planning can be difficult to manage at times

  • Limited reporting capabilities 

  • It doesn't support AIX and Oracle environments 

Customer Rating 

  • G2- 4.5/5 

  • PeerSpot- 4.5/5



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