Migrating Data to the Cloud: Weigh the Options

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IBM Cloud offers a portfolio of data migration services

As your company looks to take advantage of the cloud to deploy new applications, take advantage of advanced AI and analytics services, or simply move to an OPEX model, data will have to be moved to the new cloud environment. Depending on several factors, such as your use case, physical location, amount of data, and security considerations, you will most likely choose to employ a variety of data and application migration methods to address the needs across your organization.

IBM Cloud offers a portfolio of data migration services to tackle varied needs and to help overcome some of the common challenges associated with moving to the cloud. These include services for transferring data over a network connection, loading and shipping physical storage devices, capturing and storing continuous data streams, and services for lifting and shifting entire databases and applications.

Transfer data using over-the-network options

Depending on your timetable and network availability and capacity, you may choose to transfer data over a network. IBM® Aspera® High-Speed File Transfer lets you to rapidly transfer large files and data sets (whether structured or unstructured) over an existing WAN infrastructure. It provides predictable, reliable, and secure delivery regardless of file size, transfer distance, and network conditions. Optionally, you can use IBM Cloud Direct Link to move data over a dedicated network link, worldwide, with a variety of high-speed connectivity options.

Transfer data by shipping physical devices for large or small data sets

If you are looking for a fast, simple, secure way to move large amounts of data to the IBM Cloud, consider IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration, a versatile data transfer solution that makes it possible to move large amounts of data to the IBM Cloud in days. It is a portable storage device with 120TB usable capacity, inline data compression, and end-to-end security with AES 256-bit encryption. It helps overcome common data transfer challenges (including long transfer times) and security concerns, and it is commonly used to free-up on-prem storage space or decommission data centers. For smaller amounts of data (10 TB of data or less), clients can opt to use IBM Cloud Data Transfer Service and send a USB storage device to an IBM Cloud data center. Once received, the data will be transferred it to your cloud storage at no cost.

IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration - How it works


Capture, store, and analyze continuous streams of data

With the number of connected devices set to top 11 billion, the need to capture, store, and analyze continuous streams data has never been greater. With IBM Cloud Streaming Analytics with Event Streams, you can continuously ingest and analyze multiple streams and unlock the potential of your event-driven apps by leveraging a high-throughput messaging backbone that’s optimized for event ingestion into IBM Cloud. Optionally, you can use IBM Aspera Streaming for Data Stream from an in-memory application to the cloud while the data is being created or captured. The stream is transported as a uniform, unaltered, in-order byte stream.

Easier VMware, Hyper-V, and database migrations

To simplify the process and take more of a lift and shift approach for individual or multiple protocol environments and databases, IBM Cloud has a few options. IBM Lift makes it easy to quickly, securely, and reliably migrate your database from on-premise data centers to an IBM Cloud data property. It enables secure and rapid migration to the cloud with zero downtime.

For VMWare customers, VMware HCX on IBM Cloud can be used to simplify application portability across hybrid cloud environments with VMware vSphere and VMware Cloud Foundation. Global enterprises like American Airlines have used the powerful combination of VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud and HCX to streamline the cloud migration process. In addition, Zerto on IBM Cloud helps migrate your existing vSphere and hypervisor workloads to IBM Cloud.

A migration solution for everyone

Weigh your options and match your unique requirements with the right migration solution. You can choose from a broad range of services that can be quickly implemented and that offer efficiencies and capabilities to help accelerate cloud projects while ensuring secure, best practices for data migration.

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