Introduction to AWS Migration Hub

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Migration Hub is a powerful tool. It provides a centralized location to manage, monitor, and execute migrations. The platform is designed to help businesses easily move their applications and servers to AWS. This article discusses its features, the necessary steps for successful migration, cross-team collaboration opportunities, and more.

Journey Templates

Migration Hub journeys simplify migrating to AWS by displaying all the essential steps required to complete the migration successfully. These journeys provide recommendations on the tasks for each migration phase. Additionally, they offer customized, step-by-step runbooks for every subtask, reducing the time required for project planning and minimizing reliance on cloud experts. 

Cross-team Collaboration

Migration Hub journeys facilitate collaboration among partners, practitioners, and customers to keep your project on track and within budget. You can start by selecting a pre-defined set of roles, such as administrator or contributor, and invite other users – including AWS personnel and partners – to collaborate. Users can then assign individual tasks to experts based on their privileges, receive automatic notifications for delayed or blocked tasks, and upload artifacts in one place to ensure that project context is never lost.

Application and Server Discovery

To streamline the migration process, Migration Hub allows you to easily bring in data on your on-premises servers and applications. Alternatively, you can opt for a more thorough exploration using the AWS Discovery Agent or AWS Discovery Collector, which is particularly useful for VMware environments and doesn’t require an agent.

Dependency Identification

The AWS Migration Hub network visualization feature is designed to help you plan your migration more efficiently. Using this feature, you can quickly identify servers and their dependencies, determine the role of each server, and group them into applications. To get started with network visualization, you’ll need to install Discovery Agents and begin data collection from the Data Collectors page.

Strategy recommendations

AWS Migration Hub’s Strategy Recommendations assist in creating a migration and modernization strategy for your applications, whether running on-premises or in AWS. This tool analyzes your applications to help you identify the best strategy and tools for migrating and modernizing your applications on a large scale.

Orchestration

The Migration Hub Orchestrator is a tool that can help you speed up your application migration process. It comes with predefined workflow templates for six different types of migrations, including: 

  • Migrating SAP NetWeaver-based applications with HANA databases 
  • Rehosting any applications to Amazon EC2 
  • Rehosting SQL Server databases to Amazon EC2 
  • Replatforming SQL Server databases to Amazon RDS 
  • Importing on-premises virtual machine images to AWS 
  • Replatforming .NET and Java applications to Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) on AWS Fargate. 

These templates help simplify and streamline your migration process by providing a structured approach to each type of migration.

Simple and intuitive migration dashboard

The AWS Migration Hub dashboard shows the latest status and metrics for your rehost and platform migrations. This allows you to quickly understand the progress of your migrations and identify and troubleshoot any issues that arise. Migration Hub lets you track the status of your migrations into any AWS Region supported by your migration tools. Regardless of which Region you migrate into, the migration status will appear in Migration Hub when using an integrated tool.

Incremental app refactoring

AWS Migration Hub’s Refactor Spaces is an excellent starting point if you’re looking to refactor your applications into microservices incrementally. This tool does away with the tedious task of setting up and managing AWS infrastructure for incremental refactoring. By using Refactor Spaces, you can minimize the risk of transforming your applications into microservices or adding new microservices to existing ones. The Refactor Spaces environment connects networking across AWS accounts, allowing old and new services to communicate while preserving separate accounts’ independence. Refactor Spaces also offers an application proxy, which models the strangler-fig pattern, allowing you to add new services to an external HTTPS endpoint and gradually route traffic to them. This way, your application consumers won’t notice the underlying architecture changes.

Conclusion

The AWS Migration Hub presents many features that streamline the migration process. First, it allows for application and server discovery. This feature provides visibility into the portfolio of applications and servers running in the on-premises environment. It also aids in identifying dependencies, which is a crucial step in planning a successful migration. Moreover, the AWS migration Hub offers strategy recommendations. Based on the collected data about your applications, it suggests migration strategies that best suit your organization’s uniqueness. Another feature is orchestration. This facilitates the coordination of complex migration tasks, ensuring all necessary steps are correctly executed. Finally, a user-friendly dashboard displays the progress of all migrations, allowing you to track the status and manage potential issues proactively. If your organization requires any assistance with the migration process, please don’t hesitate to contact HighPlains Computing.

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