U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) processes hundreds of thousands of Veterans Appeals each year. "Our appeals processing system, VACOLS, includes 20 million records stored in an Oracle 11g database. The system is more than 20 years old and is in the process of being modernized. During this time, we need to ensure that the data is securely replicated into the cloud for safekeeping. We're using AWS DMS to replicate the database into an RDS Oracle database in AWS GovCloud, in a Multi-AZ deployment. This setup ensures that VACOLS data is preserved, secured, and highly available in the cloud, which is a serious win for VA and for our Veterans, who rely on us for the safeguarding of their information." – Alan Ning, Site Reliability Engineer, U.S. Digital Service


Expedia, Inc. is one of the world’s leading travel companies, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. “We are in the process of migrating some databases to Amazon Aurora,” said Kuldeep Chowhan, Principal Engineer, Expedia, Inc. “The ease by which we can do this using the AWS Database Migration Service has simplified this process for us and enabled us to accelerate our migration efforts. The ability to closely monitor the process, the detailed logging feature, and the support we received from AWS have given us a great deal of confidence in a successful migration.”


Totango is a leading provider of customer success solutions, enabling software and service companies to proactively and intelligently engage with their customers to increase retention, expansion and referrals. "We were in the process of splitting a mission critical database into two instances to improve system performance and reliability. We had to perform this procedure with zero downtime, and AWS Database Migration Service saved us a lot of work. Instead of developing the migration code ourselves, we used DMS for the entire transition. We used the simple, intuitive DMS UI to set up database replication into the new environment, and ran the jobs until we were ready to cut over. The ongoing replication gave us the comfort that our data is available all the time. Amazon DMS improved the efficiency and resiliency of the transition, and has become our tool of choice to get data migration jobs done quickly, easily and reliably." – Ram Kalendarev, Big Data Engineer, Totango


Thomas Publishing has been in business for over a century, connecting buyers and suppliers across all industrial sectors, evolving from an industrial trade print publisher into industry’s most respected group of digital-friendly businesses. “Faced with the challenge of rapidly growing volumes of data and the need to increase efficiency and deliver results on shorter timelines, we were confronted with unattractive options requiring significant upfront investment in both infrastructure and Oracle license expense,” said Hans Wald, Chief Technology Officer, Thomas Publishing. “We were intrigued by the possibilities when we first learned about Amazon Aurora from our partner Apps Associates, but the magnitude of effort to migrate legacy PL/SQL code seemed to rule out the feasibility of this approach at the outset. The availability of the AWS Database Migration Service caused us to take another look at this problem, and after a careful evaluation, we demonstrated that the AWS Database Migration Service automated most of the work and dramatically reduced the manual effort involved in the code migration. The AWS Database Migration Service will be a key enabler for our plans to migrate more databases to Amazon Aurora in 2016.”


Pegasystems, whose customers include many of the world’s most sophisticated and successful enterprises, develops strategic applications for sales, marketing, service, and operations. “In our testing, the AWS Database Migration Service reduced the manual effort and time required to migrate applications from our stand-alone databases to AWS-powered datastores,” said Willy Fox, VP of Cloud Product and Commercialization, Pegasystems. “Now that the AWS Database Migration Service is generally available, we are going to use it to onboard our customers to AWS so that they can realize value even faster from their Pega 7 platform and strategic applications.”


Currencycloud offers a digital toolbox of customizable payment APIs for building payment solutions, facilitating seamless cross-border bank transfers and connecting to the global economy. “We recently completed the migration of all our databases to Amazon Aurora. The migration options provided by DMS gave us more flexibility than regular replication when we migrated our existing MySQL database. This allowed us to dry run our migration process before the final cutover, to ensure everything worked as planned. DMS reporting features allow you to closely monitor each job to track progress, and this gave us the confidence that our data was being migrated correctly to Aurora." - Duncan Wren, Head of Infrastructure, Currencycloud


Veoci, created by Grey Wall Software, is the technology leader in crisis and emergency preparedness and management, serving corporations and organizations worldwide every day in drills and in actual situations. “Without the AWS Database Migration Service, we would have had to do a tremendous amount of work to move our MySQL databases between our different AWS accounts,” said Simon Tamas, Co-Founder, Grey Wall Software. “The AWS Database Migration Service will help us complete our database migration with minimal disruption, which would have been impossible for us to do previously without experiencing significant downtime.” 


SysAid simplifies challenges that IT pros face every day, by providing a powerful and centralized help desk and IT service management (ITSM) solution. “When SysAid was facing the challenge of moving a large amount of legacy customers to the cloud, we looked for a smart, efficient way to automate the process. We found that the AWS Database Migration Service was a real time-saver. With the unique need to import both SQL Server and MySQL databases and migrate them into our cloud schema MySQL, while simultaneously performing SysAid version upgrades, we realized that only a tool such as DMS could help us complete the task. We're now performing over 6x more migrations, in a set period of time, than we ever could in the past." - Rafi Rainshtein, Vice President of R&D, SysAid


Verizon is a global leader delivering innovative communications and technology solutions. “Verizon is helping our customers build a better, more connected life. As part of this journey, we are undergoing a major transformation in our database management approach, moving away from expensive, legacy commercial database solutions to more efficient and cost-effective options. Testing of Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL showed better performance over standard PostgreSQL residing on Amazon EC2 instances, and the AWS Database Migration Service and Schema Conversion Tool were found effective at identifying areas for data-conversion that required special attention during migration.” - Shashidhar Sureban, Associate Director, Database Engineering, Verizon