Cost-effectiveness, scalability, and security are just a few of the important reasons why organizations everywhere are choosing to move their systems, data, and applications to the cloud. But even with all the tools at your disposal and the benefits of cloud computing, migrating the critical systems your organization depends on every day from one location to another can cause a fair amount of trepidation.
Of course, one of the most important components to migrate is data. Whether you choose to move data from all of your systems at once, or only some as part of a hybrid approach, a well-thought-out data migration strategy that aligns with your business goals and existing infrastructure is essential to success. But a strategy is only as good as the tools available to execute it, so let’s take a deeper look at the on-premise, open source, and cloud-based tools organizations can use to successfully support their digital transformations.
On-premise cloud data migration tools
When moving data from your organization’s network to a cloud server or database, on-premise cloud data migration tools have the dual capability of combining all your data sources from within the enterprise and moving the location of your data to the cloud service of your choice. On-premise cloud data migration tools offer a number of security restrictions to safeguard processes, systems, and data during migration.
Here are several popular on-premise cloud data migration tools:
- Centerprise Data Integrator
- IBM InfoSphere
- Informatica PowerCenter
- Microsoft SQL
- Oracle Data Service Integrator
- Talend Data Integration
Open source cloud data migration tools
Open source cloud data migration tools are essentially free or low-cost software solutions that can be modified to suit your needs. Because they are continually improved upon, open source tools tend to offer the latest in code development. However, you will need coding skills on staff, as custom coding could be required depending on your existing configurations, and bringing on consultants or hiring developers to fill that need could eat up some or most of your savings.
Some of the most popular open source cloud data migration tools include:
Cloud-based cloud data migration tools
Moving your data to the cloud, or moving data that's already stored in the cloud to another cloud location works the best using latest-generation cloud-based migration tools. Known for their power and flexibility, cloud-based migration tools can handle large amounts and various types of data and applications with ease. These tools also offer high levels of security and adaptability which, after initial setup, translates into significant cost savings over time.
Take a look at some of the more in-demand cloud-based migration tools:
How to select the right cloud data migration tool
To help you choose the right tool for your cloud migration strategy, carefully consider the following:
Cost. If long-view cost management is a chief concern, cloud-based tools are your best bet since they will save you money in the long run on both physical infrastructure and human resources. On the other hand, you can get the most bang for little to no money from open source tools, allowing you to focus unused resources elsewhere. But remember that you’ll need the right expertise in-house to set up and configure them.
Security. If the data and systems you are migrating are sensitive or subject to strict compliance and regulations, again, cloud-based tools come out on top as they rank high for security and are usually compliance-certified. On-premise tools can also be very secure, but only to the extent that your on-premise infrastructure is secure.
Data model. Migrating data to the cloud while also changing up your data model — e.g., moving from relational data to structured and unstructured data — is the most effective with cloud-based tools since they support many different data models. On-premise tools support far fewer models and tend to be more restrictive.
Data transformation. One benefit of migrating to the cloud is the opportunity to cleanse and enrich your data along the way, especially if you plan to add or change data sources. Out of all the migration tools available, cloud-based tools can do the best job of transforming your data due to their flexibility and support of a variety of data types.
Getting started with cloud data migration
Alooma’s cloud migration solution and data experts are here to help you plan and execute your data cloud migration strategy. Our flexible, secure, compliance-certified platform can transform your data, accommodate any number of data changes, and support a wide range of source formats and data destinations.
Ready to get started? Contact Alooma today to begin your cloud migration process.