General

Q: Where can I find CloudEndure Migration?
AWS Application Migration Service (AWS MGN) is based on CloudEndure Migration and improves on it by integrating with the AWS Management Console. You can find more information on when to use CloudEndure Migration and AWS Application Migration Service in the section below titled "AWS Application Migration Service and other AWS services."

Q: What is AWS Application Migration Service?
AWS Application Migration Service (AWS MGN) is the primary migration service recommended for lift and shift migrations to AWS. AWS Application Migration Service simplifies and expedites your migration to AWS by automatically converting your source servers from physical, virtual, or cloud infrastructure to run natively on AWS. It further simplifies your migration and reduces costs by enabling you to use the same automated process for a wide range of applications, without changes to applications, their architecture, or the migrated servers. You can use AWS Application Migration Service to perform non-disruptive tests prior to cutover. After testing, you can use AWS Application Migration Service to quickly lift and shift your applications to the cloud during a short cutover window, typically measured in minutes.

Q: How do I get started with AWS Application Migration Service?
To start using AWS Application Migration Service, simply click here or sign into the AWS Management Console and navigate to “AWS Application Migration Service” in the “Migration & Transfer” category. You can follow the steps provided in the console to set up and operate AWS Application Migration Service, or refer to the Quick Start Guide.

The AWS Application Migration Service (AWS MGN) – A Technical Introduction training is recommended if you want to learn more about how to use the service, or if you are assisting customers with a migration using AWS Application Migration Service. This free online training is offered by AWS Training and Certification, and covers key concepts, service architecture, and implementation approaches for AWS Application Migration Service.

Q: What source infrastructure does AWS Application Migration Service support?
You can use AWS Application Migration Service to migrate your applications to AWS from physical servers, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and other cloud providers. You can also use AWS Application Migration Service to migrate Amazon EC2 instances between AWS Regions or between AWS accounts, and to migrate from EC2-Classic to a VPC.

Q: What operating systems and applications are supported by AWS Application Migration Service?
AWS Application Migration Service enables you to migrate physical, virtual, or cloud source servers to AWS for a variety of supported operating systems (OS). AWS Application Migration Service supports commonly used applications such as SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.

Q: Does AWS Application Migration Service support agentless replication?
Yes. AWS Application Migration Service supports agentless replication from VMware vCenter versions 6.7 and 7.0 to AWS. You can perform agentless snapshot replication from your vCenter source environment to AWS by installing the AWS MGN vCenter Client in your vCenter environment. This option is intended for users who want to rehost their applications to AWS but cannot install agents due to company policies or technical restrictions. When possible, we recommend using the agent-based replication option as it enables continuous replication and shortens cutover windows.

Q: How can I receive product support for AWS Application Migration Service?

Contact AWS Premium Support to receive product support for AWS Application Migration Service according to your support plan.

Q: What does “AWS MGN” stand for?
The shortened service name for AWS Application Migration Service is AWS MGN. “MGN” is an abbreviation of the word “migration.” 

AWS Application Migration Service and other AWS services

Q: Which AWS lift and shift migration service should I choose?
AWS Application Migration Service is the primary migration service recommended for lift and shift migrations to AWS./

You can continue using CloudEndure Migration if you are currently in the middle of a migration project. If your current project is expected to span more than several months, please engage AWS Premium Support or your Technical Account Manager (TAM) to determine the best time to switch to AWS Application Migration Service. 

Q: What are the main differences between AWS Application Migration Service and CloudEndure Migration?
AWS Application Migration Service is the next generation of CloudEndure Migration, and offers key features and operational benefits that are not available with CloudEndure Migration. For example, with AWS Application Migration Service you can:

  • Operate the service from the AWS Management Console.
  • Control permissions and access using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).
  • Operate the service without a connection to the public internet.
  • Store your migration metadata in the same AWS Region as your migrated instances.
  • Utilize an agentless replication option (for vCenter), if needed.
  • Use a new API that is better suited for migration-specific workflows, as well as a CLI and SDKs.
  • Use Amazon CloudWatch and AWS CloudTrail to monitor AWS Application Migration Service.
  • Better control how your test and cutover instances are launched using Amazon EC2 launch templates (rather than Blueprints).
  • Use tags to organize your source servers and control access permissions.

AWS Application Migration Service is not yet supported in AWS GovCloud and China Regions, and does not currently support some legacy operating systems that are supported by CloudEndure Migration. Consider using CloudEndure Migration if your preferred AWS Region or operating system is not currently supported by AWS Application Migration Service.

Q: Can I use AWS Migration Hub with AWS Application Migration Service?
Yes, AWS Migration Hub is integrated with AWS Application Migration Service, and you can use the AWS Migration Hub console to monitor the servers you are migrating using AWS Application Migration Service. Learn more about using the AWS Migration Hub with AWS Application Migration Service.

Q: Can I use AWS Application Migration Service to migrate from EC2-Classic to a VPC?
Yes, you can use AWS Application Migration Service to migrate your instances and your databases from EC2-Classic to VPC with minimal downtime. Learn more about how to prepare for EC2-Classic retiring and how to migrate from EC2-Classic to a VPC.

Pricing and billing

Q: How am I charged for AWS Application Migration Service?
For each source server that you want to migrate, you can use AWS Application Migration Service for a free period of 2,160 hours, which is 90 days when used continuously.

The free period starts as soon as you install the AWS Replication Agent on your source server and continues during active source server replication. 

If you do not complete your migration of a specific server within the free period, you will be charged per hour while you continue replicating that server. Most customers complete migrations of servers within the allotted free period.

Note that while your source servers are actively replicating, including during the free period, you will incur charges for any AWS infrastructure that is provisioned by AWS Application Migration Service to facilitate data replication. You will also incur charges for resources that are provisioned when you launch test or cutover instances, such as compute (Amazon EC2) and storage (Amazon EBS) resources, according to your AWS pricing plan.

Please refer to the AWS Application Migration Service pricing page for more details. 

Security and AWS Region availability

Q: How is my data encrypted while in transit from my source server to AWS using AWS Application Migration Service?
Your replicated data is encrypted in transit using TLS 1.2, and is transferred directly from your source servers to your VPC. Your data can also be encrypted at rest on AWS using Amazon EBS encryption.

Q: Can I avoid using the public internet to replicate my data to AWS using AWS Application Migration Service?
Yes, with AWS Application Migration Service you can control the data replication path using private connectivity options such as a VPN, AWS Direct Connect, VPC peering, or another private connection. Learn more about private connectivity options with AWS Application Migration Service.

Q: How can I learn more about keeping my data secure when using AWS Application Migration Service?
Please refer to the Security in AWS Application Migration Service documentation to understand how to apply the shared responsibility model when you use AWS Application Migration Service. 

Q: In what AWS Regions is AWS Application Migration Service available?
AWS Application Migration Service is currently available in the following AWS Regions: 

US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Africa (Cape Town), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Osaka), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (London), Europe (Milan), Europe (Paris), Europe (Stockholm), Middle East (Bahrain), and South America (São Paulo). 

Please refer to the AWS Regional Services List for the most up-to-date information.

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