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Google Cloud networking BYOIP feature could ease migrations

Google hopes a new networking feature will spur more migrations to its cloud platform and make the process easier at the same time.

Customers can now bring their existing IP addresses to Google Cloud’s network infrastructure in all of its regions around the world. Those who do can speed up migrations, cut downtime and lower costs, Google said in a blog post.

“Each public cloud provider is looking to reduce the migration friction between them and the customer,” said Stephen Elliot, an analyst at IDC. “Networking is a big part of that equation and IP address management is a subset.”

Bitly, the popular hyperlink-shortening service, is an early user of Google Cloud bring your own IP (BYOIP).

Many Bitly customers have custom web domains that are attached to Bitly IP addresses and switching to ones on Google Cloud networking would have been highly disruptive, according to the blog. Bitly also saved money via BYOIP because it didn’t have to maintain a co-location facility for the domains tied to Bitly IPs.

BYOIP could help relieve cloud migration headaches

IP address management is a well-established discipline in enterprise IT. It is one that has become more burdensome over time, not only due to workload migrations to the cloud, but also the vast increase in internet-connected devices and web properties companies have to wrangle.

Stephen Elliot, IDCStephen Elliot

AWS offers BYOIP though its Virtual Private Cloud service but hasn’t rolled it out in every region. Microsoft has yet to create a formal BYOIP service, but customers who want to retain their IP addresses can achieve a workaround through Azure ExpressRoute, its service for making private connections between customer data centers and Azure infrastructure.

Each public cloud provider is looking to reduce the migration friction between them and the customer.
Stephen Elliot Analyst, IDC

Microsoft and AWS will surely come up to par with Google Cloud networking on BYOIP, eventually. But as the third-place contestant among hyperscale cloud providers, Google — which has long touted its networking chops as an advantage — could gain a competitive edge in the meantime.

IP address changes are a serious pain point for enterprise migrations of any sort, particularly in the cloud, said Eric Hanselman, chief analyst at 451 Research.

“Hard-coded addresses and address dependencies can be hard to find,” he added. “They wind up being the ticking time bomb in many applications. They’re hard to find beforehand, but able to cause outages during a migration that are problematic to troubleshoot.”

Deepak Mohan, IDCDeepak Mohan

Overall, the BYOIP concept provides a huge benefit, particularly for large over-the-internet services, according to Deepak Mohan, another analyst at IDC.

“They often have IPs whitelisted at multiple points in the delivery and the ability to retain IP greatly simplifies the peripheral updates needed for a migration to a new back-end location,” Mohan said.

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Microsoft acquires Mover.io to ease OneDrive migrations

Microsoft plans to add cloud migration tools to aid SharePoint on-premises migrations to the OneDrive cloud with its Monday acquisition of Mover.io, an eight-year-old Canadian startup specializing in the self-service mass migration of enterprise files.

Mover.io, acquired for an undisclosed sum, also provides cross-cloud migrations from a dozen OneDrive file-sharing cloud competitors, including Box, Dropbox, Egnyte and Google Drive. Microsoft continues to support SharePoint on-premises, but the company has not said how long it will continue to do so, leaving room for speculation among users and experts.

Mover.io, acquired a month after Microsoft bought data-migration vendor Movere, will join several file-migration tools and services already on the Microsoft cloud platform, including FastTrack and the SharePoint Migration Tool. Users also have a choice of several other third-party tools to do the job, including ShareGate and Metalogix, which support file migrations to OneDrive.

Microsoft could, theoretically, poach customers from competing cloud file-management systems such as Box with the Mover.io migration tools. But the real OneDrive migration target customer for the Mover.io tools is Microsoft’s SharePoint on-premises base, said Deep Analysis founder Alan Pelz-Sharpe.

Enterprise-scale file migrations from on-premises servers to the cloud pose challenges of maintaining file directory structure as well as access and security policies, Pelz-Sharpe said. SharePoint enterprise migrations in particular can be even thornier because it was designed for front-line office workers to set up ad-hoc file-sharing sites with little IT assistance.

The fact that SharePoint’s been around for nearly two decades, pre-dating widespread cloud adoption, compounds the issue. Pelz-Sharpe described one of his clients, a utility company, whose SharePoint on-premises footprint has grown over the years to 12,000 SharePoint sites.

“They have no idea what is in them, and no idea what to do with them,” Pelz-Sharpe said. “These things can be complex. It’s a recognized problem, so the more experience, skills and tools Microsoft can bring to help, the better.”

Specifics about Mover.io features integrating with the Microsoft 365 platform will come next month, said Jeff Teper, Microsoft corporate VP for Office, SharePoint and OneDrive, in a blog post announcing the acquisition.

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VMware Cloud on AWS ups its appeal to legacy shops

LAS VEGAS — Updates to VMware Cloud on AWS aim to ease hybrid cloud migrations and reduce costs, but the jury’s still out as to whether they will compel enterprises with more modern application needs.

VMware rolled out several enhancements to its hybrid cloud offering here at VMworld this week, most of which are designed to simplify the migration of on-premises workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS, as well as help users manage those workloads after the move.

“For VMware workloads, the service makes a lot of sense, and I think they’ll find a market for that,” said Gary Chen, analyst at IDC. “It’s going to be the new workloads that are more of a challenge.”

Expanded migration, availability options

For users that want to move legacy workloads to the public cloud, the latest version of VMware Cloud on AWS offers some help.

Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX), a service in VMware Cloud on AWS that helps admins move large volumes of VMs into the public cloud, now supports scheduled migrations. Based on vSphere Replication, this capability lets users duplicate data into VMware Cloud on AWS, while workloads continue to run uninterrupted on premises. After data synchronizes across the two environments — which, according to VMware, could take days to weeks, depending on volume — admins can more granularly schedule and control the formal “switchover” from their on-premises data center to VMware Cloud on AWS. The switchover uses VMware’s vMotion technology.

“In the past, even though you could do a warm replication and warm migration, when you actually ‘flipped the switch’ there would be downtime,” Chen said. “This eliminates that.”

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Another update to VMware Cloud on AWS is NSX integration with AWS’ Direct Connect service, a move that further seeks to ease the migration process, and improve the performance of hybrid cloud networks.

VMware Cloud on AWS is also now available in five AWS regions, with the addition of Asia Pacific Sydney.

More options to manage costs, secure workloads

Users also can now specify the number of CPU cores to support workloads with per-core licensing models, such as those from Oracle and SAP, or for SQL Server. This reduces the risk that users will pay for more CPU cores than their applications actually need. They also can “pin” a workload to a specific host within a cluster — through a feature called VM-Host Affinity — to further support licensing requirements.

Added support for Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) gives enterprises more control over cloud costs for storage-intensive workloads, as they can independently scale storage capacity without also scaling compute. To do this, users can opt for an EC2 R5.metal instance type with support for EBS volumes. Available options are in increments of 5 TBs, with a range of 15 TBs to 35 TBs per host.

For VMware workloads, [VMware Cloud on AWS] makes a lot of sense. … It’s going to be the new workloads that are more of a challenge.
Gary Chenanalyst, IDC

VMware also has reduced the minimum number of required hosts to run production workloads from four to three. The move could make VMware Cloud on AWS more palatable for users who found the service cost-prohibitive, said Brian Kirsch, IT architect and instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College, and also a TechTarget contributor.

Other VMware on AWS updates include the ability to use NSX micro-segmentation to create more granular security policies for workloads, and integration with AWS Key Management Service (KMS) for data encryption and centralized management of encryption keys.

VMware Cloud on AWS adoption

VMware declined to cite specific adoption numbers for VMware Cloud on AWS. Adoption so far, however, has seemed largely experimental or proof of concepts, IDC’s Chen said. “It’s still fairly new to market, so I think a lot of people are still in research mode,” he said.

Kirsch agreed that most users appear to still be “dipping their toes” in the technology.

One of the biggest challenges for VMware is to attract organizations with more cloud-native applications to this particular service, Chen said. Other VMware offerings, such as VMware Managed Kubernetes (VKE) service, appeal to those with modern apps, while VMware Cloud on AWS is still largely geared toward legacy workloads.

“That’s something they’ll have to develop,” he said.

Microsoft and Attunity announce strategic partnership for data migration – News Center

New Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations offering accelerates migrations to the Microsoft data platform

REDMOND, Wash., and BURLINGTON, Mass. — Nov, 1, 2017 — Attunity Ltd. (NASDAQ CM: ATTU) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced an expanded strategic partnership for enabling data migration and replication initiatives. With this partnership, Attunity is working with Microsoft to offer a new product, Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations, which is designed to facilitate and accelerate migrations from various database systems to the Microsoft data platform. Microsoft and Attunity have been business partners for over 20 years, and with this new enhanced collaboration the two companies will build on the history with new scenarios for data replication to accommodate a broad range of data integration requirements including migration, analytics, Data Lake and Big Data initiatives.

“Our expanded strategic partnership with Microsoft enables us to jointly engage customers worldwide to drive large-scale migrations to Azure and the Microsoft data platform,” said Shimon Alon, chairman and chief executive officer at Attunity. “Microsoft and Attunity share a vision to help users get value from their data leveraging the platform of their choice. Together we can unlock incredible opportunities for innovation, providing our customers with a universal platform for high-speed data replication to support many important business initiatives.”

Attunity logo“Microsoft is committed to meeting our customers’ needs today, while helping them bridge to the future. Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations offers a robust solution for our customers to replicate their data to the Microsoft data platform, including SQL Server 2017 and Azure data services,” said John “JG” Chirapurath, general manager, Data Platform Marketing at Microsoft. “This expedites and simplifies near-zero downtime data migrations with ongoing replication so that our customers can maximize the value of their data.”

Database migration from Oracle to Microsoft SQL Server and Azure Data Services

Businesses globally will be able to use Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations to facilitate and simplify migrations from a broad range of commercial and open-source databases, including Oracle, Amazon Redshift, Teradata, IBM Netezza and PostgreSQL to a broad range of Microsoft data platform targets, across on-premises and Azure. Endpoints include SQL Server 2017, now available on Linux, Docker containers and Windows, as well as Azure SQL Database, SQL Server on a VM in Azure, Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Database for MySQL, and Azure Database for PostgreSQL.

A free license of Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations is provided for 12 months, to allow each migration. Customers requiring extended migration periods and additional data sources can purchase such licenses directly from Attunity.

By collaborating on database migrations, the two companies enable and simplify a number of other in-demand data scenarios.

Data Lakes and Big Data Analytics in Microsoft Azure

Enterprises building data lake solutions on Azure can use Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations to accelerate, simplify and scale data ingestion to support Big Data initiatives including real-time and streaming analytics, IoT, and machine learning. Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations provides universal data delivery to many systems including Hadoop, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Event Hubs, and support is in development for Azure BLOB Store, Azure Data Lake Store and Azure HDInsight.

SAP Analytics

Enterprises using SAP to run their critical business operations can use Attunity Replicate for SAP to deliver live SAP data into their business intelligence (BI) and analytics platforms of choice within the Microsoft data platform. There they can merge SAP data with other business information and leverage tools like Microsoft Power BI to visualize and analyze their data.

Continuous Replication for Real-time Business Intelligence

Customers can accelerate and scale BI initiatives leveraging tools like Microsoft Power BI while reducing the impact on source operational systems like Oracle by using Attunity Replicate’s agentless design. The solution accelerates the replication process by continuously and efficiently capturing and delivering fresh data to SQL Server or Azure SQL Database.

About Attunity

Attunity is a leading provider of data integration and Big Data management software solutions that enable availability, delivery, and, management of data across heterogeneous enterprise platforms, organizations, and the cloud. Our software solutions include data replication and distribution, test data management, change data capture (CDC), data connectivity, enterprise file replication (EFR), managed file transfer (MFT), data warehouse automation, data usage analytics, and cloud data delivery.

Attunity has supplied innovative software solutions to its enterprise-class customers for over 20 years and has successful deployments at thousands of organizations worldwide. Attunity provides software directly and indirectly through a number of partners such as Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Headquartered in Boston, Attunity serves its customers via offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and through a network of local partners. For more information, visit  http://www.attunity.com or our blog and join our communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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