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A glimpse of AlibabaCloud Server Migration Center

Updated: Apr 29, 2022

Today's topic is the Server Migration Center (SMC), a migration service provided by AlibabaCloud.


Overview and Features

Server Migration Center (SMC) is a server migration platform developed by AlibabaCloud that allows you to migrate one or more source servers to AlibabaCloud. The source server can be a server in a data center, a virtual machine, or a host on another cloud platform.

SMC also supports automatic data migration from the source server to AlibabaCloud, and provides the following features:

  • Sync incremental data from the source server to AlibabaCloud without interrupting service.

  • Multiple migration tasks can be started at once in the SMC console.

  • You can invoke SMC's API operations to create and start migration tasks, query migration progress, and manage multiple migration tasks at once.

  • The SMC client supports multi-threaded data transmission. When high bandwidth is available, this feature improves bandwidth utilization and transmission efficiency.

 ■Centralized task processes monitoring

  • If you are migrating multiple source servers to AlibabaCloud at once, SMC can monitor the migration status of each source server.

  • The status of each source server or migration task can be checked in the SMC console. This allows you to identify any problems that may occur during the migration.



 ■Migration from diverse platforms and infrastructure environments

  • SMC can migrate servers running various versions of Windows and Linux operating systems.

  • SMC can migrate data from servers in data centers, on-premises virtual machines, and cloud platforms to AlibabaCloud.

Supported VMs: VMware / VirtualBox / Xen / KVM / Hyper-V

Supported Cloud Platforms: Amazon Web Services (AWS) / Microsoft Azure / Google Cloud Platform (GCP) / Tencent Cloud / UCloud / China Telecom e-Cloud / QingCloud

 ■Independence from the underlying environment of the source server

  • SMC supports physical to Cloud (P2C), Virtual to Cloud (V2C), Cloud to Cloud (C2C) types of migration, and multiple types of file systems and disks.

  • Migrate without interrupting services. No need to stop services running on the source server.

  • As a lightweight client that does not require installation, it provides multiple migration methods and allows you to choose the method that best suits your needs. Once the migration task is started, SMC will manage the entire migration progress.

  • By default, a 2048-bit RSA key is used to encrypt data during transmission to ensure secure data transmission. With SMC, you can migrate servers over a private network, such as a VPN gateway or a physical connection provided by Alibaba Cloud ExpressConnect.


Migration Process

SMC consists of the SMC client and the SMC console. The following figure shows how to use SMC for migration.



Although the server migration destination is limited to AlibabaCloud, there seems to be no migration tool that is so versatile at this point, so if you have a chance to migrate, you will not be disappointed to try it out.

This blog post is translated from a blog post written by Yuya Ohara on our Japanese website Beyond Co..

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