Migration Evaluator is a migration assessment service that helps you create a directional business case for AWS cloud planning and migration. To project future-state cloud costs, Migration Evaluator provides a clear baseline of what your organization is running today and projects AWS costs based on measured on-premises provisioning and utilization. The software models compute patterns for all instances, showing the projected costs to re-host at AWS and the breakdown of costs by infrastructure and software licenses.

Inventory discovery

No matter where you are in your migration journey, Migration Evaluator works at all stages of migration planning.

If you do not have existing inventory and resource utilization data, or require a high level of accuracy, Migration Evaluator recommends installing a complimentary agentless collector. This tool is deployed on-premises and leverages read-only access to VMware, Hyper-V, Windows, Linux, Active Directory and SQL Server infrastructure. To learn more about the on-premises collector, please download our install guide on the resources page.

If you do have existing inventory, Migration Evaluator allows you to securely upload exports from 3rd party discovery and monitoring tooling. If gaps in hardware provisioning or utilization are discovered during import, industry benchmarks are automatically applied. To learn more about what type of data is required, please download our import template on the resources page.

If you have inventory and utilization already collected via the AWS Application Discovery Service (ADS), it can be used in a Migration Evaluator assessment. The same ADS collector can be used for Application Dependency Mapping within AWS Migration Hub and within Migration Evaluator.

Migration Evaluator Quick Insights

This pre-migration assessment delivers a one-page report to rapidly understand the projected cost of running your on-premises workloads in the AWS Cloud. This deliverable provides a summary of the number of servers included in the analysis, the projected costs to re-host at AWS based on your usage patterns, and the breakdown of costs by infrastructure and software licenses. Once the report is generated, results are updated on a daily basis.

AWS Migration Expertise

After receiving your Migration Evaluator Quick Insights assessment, if your organization decides there is a need for additional insights you can request a Migration Evaluator Business Case. Migration Evaluator includes a team of solution architects to understand your migration objective (e.g. exiting a data centre, shifting from cap-ex to op-ex, or changing software licensing strategies) and use that data to narrow down a subset of best suited migration patterns. The results are captured in a Migration Evaluator Business Case that will help to align business and technology stakeholders, while providing a prescriptive next step in the migration journey.

Migration Evaluator Business Case

A business case report is provided to the customer at the end of the migration assessment. This report includes 5 sections:

  1. what went into the assessment (collection window, existing inventory from 3rd party export, assumptions, server counts, etc.)
  2. an executive summary of the savings across a combination of scenarios applied to different workloads
  3. a breakdown of what went into the on-premises costs
  4. multiple workload specific 'what-if' scenarios for repurchasing and bring your own licenses (BYOL) (with or without dedicated hosts)
  5. recommendation for the customer on next steps for a successful migration
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