Cloud Migration

Migrate to Alibaba Cloud with a fast, smooth, and secure migration journey


Alibaba Cloud offers a full range of services and resources to help you comprehensively assess and plan your migration journey, quickly migrate to Alibaba Cloud in easy steps with enhanced security measures, and manage your resources on Alibaba Cloud with cost-effective services to ensure business continuity.

You can choose to migrate to Alibaba Cloud with your self-built platforms, or opt to outsource the migration to Alibaba Cloud's Migration Service or a trusted Alibaba Cloud Partner.

Alibaba Cloud Migration Whitepapers

Cloud Adoption Framework

This whitepaper is intended for CIOs and CTOs to understand migration strategies, total cost of ownership (TCO), organization alignment, business values, and cloud adoption roadmap. It provides comprehensive guidance for enterprises to plan, execute, and optimize the cloud adoption process.

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Cloud Migration Methodology and Tools

These whitepapers provide references for infrastructure leads or members of the Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) to understand the migration process to Alibaba Cloud with our four-step cloud migration framework and how Alibaba Cloud uses a landing zone to help financial services customers build a secure, compliant, manageable, and scalable cloud environment.

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Download "MNC Landing Zone Whitepaper" >
Download "Building a Secure and Compliant Landing Zone for Financial Services Institutions" >

Cloud Migration Guides

These whitepapers provide step-by-step guidance for infrastructure team members or managed solution partners to migrate digital assets from on-premises, AWS, GCP, and Azure environments to Alibaba Cloud.

Download "Migration to Alibaba Cloud Handbook" >
Download "Alibaba Cloud Infrastructure Guide for AWS Professionals (2024)" >
Download "Alibaba Cloud Infrastructure Guide for GCP Professionals" >
Download "Alibaba Cloud Infrastructure Guide for Azure Professionals" >

Migration Journey to Alibaba Cloud in 4 Steps


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Step 1: Assess Migration

Assess the business value, migration workload, migration method, and costs


Evaluate Migration Needs

Evaluate the challenges and objectives for migration, understand the cloud environment and the tolerance to maximum downtime, current or potential risks of failure, and the compatibility of the current system to the target cloud platform
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Estimate TCO of the Cloud Environment

Calculate the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of cloud infrastructure and compare it with costs of other cloud vendors using Cloud Migration Hub
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Prepare the Resource Inventory List

Analyze your current resource inventory to forecast cloud infrastructure requirements and migration workloads to gain more visibility on migration time, method, and scheduling
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Cost Analysis: How to use Cloud Migration Hub (CMH) to carry out TCO Analysis

Resource Analysis: How to use Cloud Migration Hub (CMH) to obtain resource list online

Resource Analysis: How to use Cloud Migration Hub (CMH) to obtain resource list offline with an agent

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Step 2: Plan and Customize Migration

Landing Zone helps enterprises migrating to the cloud for the first time to comprehensively plan the migration, making it easier to fulfill business needs for flexible cloud resource allocation, unified business operations, and regulated security and compliance management.

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Design Migration Strategy

Gain a full understanding of Alibaba Cloud’s solutions for migrating your IT infrastructure to Alibaba Cloud, including application migration, data migration, and database migration-related tools, utilities, and methodologies, to plan and implement an IT infrastructure migration
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Map Products

Blueprint the overall architecture and map the appropriate cloud products and services based on your business needs to ensure high availability, scalability, and performance.

Prepare for Cloud Governance

Pre-plan the IT resources of different accounts, including landing zone deployment, resource structures, identity and permission management, and security and regulatory compliance, to facilitate a smooth and cost-efficient migration
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Test the Cutover Solution

Verify the cutover strategies to ensure the feasibility of the cutover solution, such as validating applications to ensure the cutover process is in order, identify gaps and issues, and designing cloud backup strategies for cutover applications
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Resource Preparation: How to use Cloud Migration Hub (CMH) to prepare migration resources

Planning: How to use Cloud Governance Center to set up landing zone

Account Management: How to use Cloud Governance Center to create new accounts by using Account Factory

Migration Project Management: How to use Cloud Migration Hub (CMH) to manage migration Projects

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Step 3: Migrate to Alibaba Cloud

Migrate application servers, containers, databases, and data to Alibaba Cloud with tailored products and services


Migrate Application Servers

You can use Alibaba Cloud Server Migration Center (SMC) to migrate one or more source servers to Alibaba Cloud. Source servers can be servers in data centers, VMs, servers on other cloud platforms, and servers of other types. You can also use third-party migration tools such as saasame for the migration of on-premise VMs and images.
For agentless migration of VMWare virtual machines, you can use Alibaba Cloud Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR) to ensure cost-effective disaster recovery and migration for data stored in VMware virtual machines.

Migrate Containers

You can migrate containers to Alibaba Cloud with your own self-built platform or the tools we provide. First create and configure resources on the target clusters, then migrate data to corresponding Alibaba Cloud services. For example, migrate images to Container Registry, databases to ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL and PolarDB, and data storage to Object Storage Service and File Storage NAS. Next you can choose to migrate applications with your self-built CI/CD platform, or with Alibaba Cloud Velero. Last, test the services of your business after migration, and update the DNS configuration to switch traffic to ACK clusters.
You can also migrate docker image files with Alibaba Cloud Image Syncer to Alibaba Cloud Container Registry.

Migrate Databases

Alibaba Cloud Database Migration solution provides a low-cost self-service database migration experience. Both homogenous migration such as MySQL to MySQL, or heterogenous migration such as Oracle Database to PolarDB, are supported. You can smoothly migrate databases from 100s of GB to multiple TBs in size with minimal business impact.
You can also leverage the Oracle Database Migration solution to migrate your legacy Oracle databases to Alibaba Cloud to save on long-term costs and take advantage of improved scalability, reliability, robust security, high performance, and cloud-native features.

Migrate Data

You can migrate data from a local IDC to Alibaba Cloud OSS, or from an on-premises Network Attached Storage (NAS) server to Apsara File Storage NAS or OSS for long-term storage. You can also migrate the data of a web-based service provider from a cloud service to Alibaba Cloud Object Storage Service (OSS). Please refer to Data Online Migration for detailed migration instructions based on your business needs.

Data Migration: How to Use Data Transport to Migrate Data from AWS S3 to Alibaba Cloud OSS

Server Migration: How to Migrate an AWS EC2 Instance to Alibaba Cloud with Server Migration Center

Database Migration: How To Migrate from an AWS RDS MySQL to an Alibaba Cloud RDS MySQL

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Step 4: Manage Resources on the Cloud

Monitor resource usage and application performance, manage operations and permissions, and facilitate future infrastructure deployment.


Monitor Cloud Resources

Monitor the usage of the cloud resources, and the status and health of your business to ensure the availability of your application when an alarm is triggered
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Manage Operations

Manage O&M permissions in a centralized manner, monitor all O&M operations, and reproduce O&M scenarios in real-time to facilitate identity authentication, access control, and operation audit
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Ensure Business Continuity

Improve business availability on the cloud with secure, efficient, and cost-effective backup services, cross-AZ and cross-region disaster recovery, and the deduplication and AES-256 encryption features.
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Automate Infrastructure Deployment

Manage identical future infrastructure deployment with Infrastructure as Code (IaC) to reduce errors that will compromise the cloud infrastructure and application deployment.
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Data Backup: How to use Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR) to backup and protect data on the cloud

O&M Security: Best Practice for Hybrid Cloud O&M Security by using Bastionhost

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Customer Success Stories

"By using Alibaba Cloud Migration Hub’s TCO Analyze feature, we can generate the TCO report in a few minutes to provide our customers with a clear view of the cost savings after migrating to Alibaba Cloud."

- Sittiwat Vechayaphan, Head of Cloud Business, Com7 Public Company Limited

Com7 Public Company Limited (Com7) operates its main business as an IT product retailer in Thailand. Com7’s cooperation with Alibaba Cloud enabled Com7 to optimize its IT infrastructure, and Alibaba Cloud Migration Hub offers valuable features to accelerate Com7’s cloud migration process. As a result, Com7 reduced the total cost of ownership by 30%, improved scalability, reliability, and security, and increased the performance and stability of digital marketing solutions by 20%.

"With Alibaba Cloud, we are able to fully utilize the advanced cloud technology of a global public cloud, which we had longed for, and achieve stable operation of a large-scale system with a large number of users. We are very happy with the results."

- Mr. Tan, Leader of the Technology Department, enish Co. Ltd.

enish Co. Ltd. is a leading game production company in Tokyo. enish selected Alibaba Cloud as the ideal system migration partner. Alibaba Cloud met all of the requirements in terms of scale and security, and offers the most advanced cloud technologies and a rich set of migration services that automate virtually any migration task between Alibaba Cloud products and on-premise or external clouds, making various processes more efficient and significantly reducing maintenance and operation hours.

"The teams at Alibaba Cloud, ViBiCloud, and PT. CSI worked closely to build a full migration and operation plan. As a result, the migration was completed within 3 days without the disrupting the business operation of PT. CSI."

- PT. Catur Sukses Internasional

PT. Catur Sukses Internasional (PT. CSI) is a large home appliances distributor in Indonesia established since 1986. Alibaba Cloud’s strong local presence with 2 Data Centers in Jakarta meets PT. CSI's requirements on data security regulation and network latency. The teams at Alibaba Cloud and PT. CSI worked closely to build a full migration and operation plan and helped PT. CSI reduce internal IT resources that are dedicated to maintenance, and allocate more time and resources to key business tasks.

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Cloud Migration Hub

Plan your migration with automatic and intelligent system surveys, cloud adoption planning, and migration management

TCO Analysis for Cloud Migration

Full-Coverage System Survey

Business Analysis and Presentation

Migration Assistance and Integration

Cloud Governance Center

Set up and manage an Alibaba Cloud multi-account environment in one stop

Compatibility with Your Existing Solutions

Automatic Setup of a Multi-Account Environment

Quick Account Creation

Visual Continuous Governance

Server Migration Center

Migrate servers in self-managed data centers, virtual machines (VMs), third-party cloud servers, or servers of other types to Alibaba Cloud

Multiple Migration Scenarios

Automated Server Migration

Automatic Server Restoration

Migration Result Verification

Data Transmission Service

Migrate and synchronize data between data engines, such as relational databases, NoSQL and OLAP

High-Speed Data Migration

Real-Time Data Replication

Easy-to-Use Management Console

Automatic Monitoring

Data Transport

Migrate TB-level or PB-level data to Alibaba Cloud securely and efficiently while reducing costs

High-Speed Data Transmission

Point-to-Point Device Encryption

Low Logistics and Network Costs

Quick and Easy Scaling

Object Storage Service (OSS)

Store and access any amount of data from anywhere with industry-leading scalability, durability and performance

99.9999999999% (12 9's) Durability

Enterprise-Ready Security

Easy Data Migration

Cost-Effectiveness and Easy Consumption

Container Registry

Migrate images with secure image management and easy permission control

Support for Multiple Regions

Image Security Status Scan

Stable Service Build Creation

Seamless Integration with Cloud Services


Automate performance monitoring of all your web resources and applications in real time

Ready to Use With No Coding

End-to-End Monitoring

Flexible Alarms

Maintenance Efficiency Improvement

Log Service

Support the collection, consumption, shipping, search, and analysis of logs for comprehensive system monitoring

Fully-Managed Service

Easy Integration and Configuration

Real-Time Response

Comprehensive APIs and SDKs

Hybrid Backup Recovery

Provide secure and efficient backup, disaster recovery and archive services

Up to 70% TCO Reduction

Up to 30:1 Deduplication and Compression Ratio

AES-256 Encryption

99.9999999999% Data Durability

Database Backup

Provide a secure and cost-efficient solution for continuous data protection

Real-time Incremental Backup

Encrypted Data Transmission and Storage

Support for Multiple Environments

Pay-As-You-Go Billing Method

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Security and Compliance

We are committed to providing stable, reliable, secure, and compliant cloud computing infrastructure services across major jurisdictions around the world.
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  • ISO 27001
  • SOC2 Type II Report
  • C5
  • MLPS 2.0
  • MTCS

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