4 Reasons To Consider Cloud Database Migration

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For many organizations, the journey to the cloud has already begun. According to Deloitte, over 90% of global enterprises will be relying on the hybrid cloud by 2022.

There’s no overlooking the significance of the pandemic in all this. During the past two years, companies of all sizes have recognized the agility and security the cloud provides, enabling more flexible working arrangements, collaborations and operations necessary to foster innovation and scale. But the move to the cloud was already happening. The pandemic only accelerated it, much like it rapidly increased other trends towards digital transformation, like omnichannel e-commerce.

So what are some of the reasons why organizations like yours are migrating their databases to the cloud at a rapid pace, and if you’re not already, then why might you be considering it? Here are the top four:

1. You want to kick off the journey to the cloud

Migrating to the cloud can seem a complex and daunting process, but if you want to start getting the benefits of AWS, you’ve got to start somewhere. Many AllCloud customers turn to us for a Lift and Shift database migration, which is a great way to dive into the journey. 

Why Lift and Shift? It’s a pain-free migration that involves simply picking up your existing workload and transferring it “as is” to the cloud. That makes it a great choice for organizations that want to take it slowly and risk-free, and migrate relatively quickly without all the complexity of a managed services migration. It’s also an efficient way to make the first move to the cloud with no disruptions while continuing business as usual. Lift and Shift is often the preferred choice for larger enterprises, who perhaps don’t have the flexibility to jump right into modernization, and who need to take the time to overcome internal obstacles and approvals for database migration. Modernization, and all the benefits that come with it, can wait for a later date when your organization feels more comfortable about managing its data on the cloud.

2. You want to modernize 

The demand for AWS services is rising, along with the understanding that migration is necessary for modernization and growth. While cloud migration can be a resource-heavy venture, the long-term benefits for businesses are supremely clear. You can read all about the various business benefits here. 

One of the common obstacles to database migration is often the issue of cost. However, the CTOs that turn to us at AllCloud requesting to move their workload to Managed Services are aware that over time, modernization in fact leads to cost reduction. Over a period of 5 years, we’ve seen businesses save 150% in costs with migration and modernization, compared to on-prem. Modernization is not an event; it’s a journey. As AWS advances and changes over time, offering more functions, capabilities and benefits, businesses also adapt and learn to leverage those functions to support more agility, growth and ROI of their cloud environment.

Some of the benefits of AWS database migration include:

  • Storage autoscaling: No need to deal with the hassle of storage any longer
  • Auto minor upgrade of your database software: No more time wasted on database patching.
  • Multi-AZ: Built-in high availability solution just one click away.
  • DWH: AWS enables you to have your replication DWH solution in the simplest possible way. One-time setup and no overhead.


Customers can learn more about the benefits of migrating their databases with the AWS Database Freedom program. Database Freedom for software vendors is an end-to-end program that is specifically designed to help ISVs modernize their applications at every stage of the migration process.  There are dedicated AWS specialists, resources, and funding to support and enable the ISV together with AllCloud’s support. To learn more about Database Freedom click here.

3. You’ve reached end-of-life of your data warehouse

Here’s another common reason that makes companies find they are ready for migration: they are facing end-of-life of their database warehouse. 

Once the end-of-life is looming, many companies find it to be the optimal (and logical) time to migrate from on-prem to AWS database managed services (RDS & Redshift being the most common practices). As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. There’s a need for a new solution on the horizon, cloud migration is going to have to happen at some point, so why not take the opportunity now and dive into the journey so you can start reaping the short and long-term benefits?

4. You’re ready to make the mindshift

Cloud database migration is not just a technological and operational decision; it is actually a shift in mindset and company culture. When an organization is ready to make that mind shift, then the decision to migrate to the cloud is a natural one.

AWS migration requires an organization to adapt to a new operational platform that impacts all aspects of their business. It will necessarily require new skills, new manpower, training or retraining, adjustments to costs and billing, and much more. For large enterprises, making that cultural shift can take  time, with many layers of approvals and stages of the process to undergo. Sometimes these organizations prefer to start with the simpler step of Lift and Shift with a view to modernization at a later date, although large organizations that are ready may also choose to head straight to managed services. For agile and responsive startups, however, migrating directly to managed services can be the best choice, as they have the flexibility and culture of adaptation already built into their DNA. 

Whether going for Lift and Shift or straight to modernization, the shift to cloud culture is inevitable. However, it is made easier and smoother with AllCloud’s training and enablement services, helping teams adopt the new skills and adapt to the mindset required for a successful AWS migration and management.

Do these reasons for database migration resonate for you? 

AllCloud delivers the best practices for Cloud Database Migration and will tailor the best solution and approach for your database. With the AllCloud team’s unparalleled experience in migrating databases to the cloud, you will gain access to the latest technology and cloud business knowledge to drive your organization forward.

Are you considering cloud database migration? If yes, contact AllCloud and find out how our team can help you Lift and Shift, or modernize, or assist you at any stage of the cloud journey.

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Nitzan Israeli

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