​AWS makes Database Migration Service available to all customers

Amazon Web Services has now made its database migration service available to all of its customers, after completing the migration of over 1,000 databases since the first day of 2016.
Written by Asha Barbaschow, Contributor

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that its AWS Database Migration Service, previously available as a preview, is now also available to all AWS customers.

The AWS Database Migration Service has seen over 1,000 databases from the likes of Expedia and Pegasystems already complete the move over to its AWS cloud since January 1, 2016.

According to AWS, the migration service is a fully managed service that allows customers to migrate their production Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL databases from on-premises datacentres to AWS' cloud.

"Hundreds of customers moved more than a thousand of their on-premises databases to Amazon Aurora, other Amazon RDS engines, or databases running on Amazon EC2 during the preview of the AWS Database Migration Service," Hal Berenson, vice president of Relational Database Services AWS, said in a statement.

In less than 11 weeks, AWS said many of its customers also used the AWS Schema Conversion Tool to switch database engines.

The cloud giant said historically, migrating a database to the cloud saw the potential loss of revenue from the downtime involved in copying over a database, or the purchase of costly migration tools.

"Customers repeatedly told us they wanted help moving their on-premises databases to AWS, and also moving to more open database engine options, but the response to the AWS Database Migration Service has been even stronger than we expected," Berenson said.

"In the preview, one-third of the database migrations used the AWS Database Migration Service to not only move databases to the AWS Cloud, but also to switch database engines in the process."

This week, AWS celebrated its 10th birthday; in its 10 years, the side venture of the American ecommerce giant has taken on 1 million active customers in 190 countries and its database services have reached a $1 billion revenue run rate -- not including Amazon usage.

AWS rival Oracle released its third quarter financial results on Monday, showing strong cloud growth with its cloud software and platform as-a-service sales up 57 percent year-on-year to $535 million.

Speaking of Oracle's cloud business, Steve Koenig, analyst with California-based financial services and investment firm Wedbush Securities, said the company's cloud renewal rates are running significantly below industry-standard levels for SaaS and PaaS, and well below on-premises renewal rates, adding that a portion of Oracle's cloud customers are using less than 20 percent of their contracted capacity.

"These problems are likely related: Customers who aren't using their capacity or haven't turned on their cloud services are unlikely to renew metered contracts (we estimate about 50 percent of all cloud contracts are metered) at their full amount," Koenig wrote.

"Unless Oracle can change these trends -- which it is trying to do by ramping its 'customer success manager' staff by an order of magnitude -- cloud bookings are likely to decelerate rapidly and cloud revenue may not accelerate as much as guided."

Koenig also said that these questions about cloud attrition and unused capacity may indicate that customers are trying out other databases for workloads, and that customers could be moving database capacity to AWS or Microsoft and looking at other options as unstructured data grabs more of the pie.

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