How the AWS Migration Evaluator Simplifies and Optimizes Cloud Migration

May 19, 2023 | AWS, Migration

Moving to the cloud is a smart strategic choice for businesses seeking to boost scalability, flexibility, and cost savings.

However, the road to a successful migration can be complex and daunting, leaving 54 percent of tech and business leaders searching for a cloud service provider that not only understands their goals but also helps them identify technology strategies to boost revenue and slash costs.

To simplify this journey, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced the Migration Evaluator, a powerful tool that streamlines the migration process by simplifying discovery, optimizing cloud planning, and delivering a comprehensive business case. With this tool, businesses can confidently navigate their cloud migration journey, ensuring a seamless and impactful transition to the cloud.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download and install the on-premises “Agentless Collector” through AWS.
  2. The Agentless Collector will connect to hypervisors and servers to gather inventory and resource utilization information. Alternatively, you could import existing data through a spreadsheet or AWS Application Discovery Service to bypass the Agentless Collector.
  3. The Migration Evaluator will then analyze collected data to estimate costs and savings in AWS.

With Migration Evaluator, your organization will gain visibility into various cost-effective cloud migration scenarios and receive insights on how to reuse existing software licenses to reduce costs further. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the key benefits of the AWS Migration Evaluator.

1. Simplifies Discovery by Identifying Resources and Utilization

One of the key challenges in cloud migration is gaining a thorough understanding of your on-premises environment and the resources it utilizes.

AWS Migration Evaluator simplifies this discovery process by providing insights into on-premises computing, local storage, and memory. By accurately identifying resources and their utilization patterns, businesses gain a clear picture of their infrastructure, enabling more informed decision-making.

2. Optimizes Cloud Planning and Finds the Best Fit for Your Workloads

Choosing the right instance size, licensing option, and storage type in the cloud can significantly impact performance and costs.

AWS Migration Evaluator optimizes cloud planning by leveraging its vast database of information to find the best fit for your workloads. It takes into account all regions and payment models available on AWS, ensuring that you make the most efficient and cost-effective choices for your migration.

3. Delivers a Comprehensive Business Case by Making Informed Decisions

Having a clear understanding of the potential benefits and outcomes of a cloud migration is essential for making informed decisions.

AWS Migration Evaluator goes beyond simplifying and optimizing the migration process by delivering a comprehensive business case. It provides directional reporting, including a Microsoft licensing assessment, which helps businesses gauge the financial impact of their migration. These reports can be accessed via AWS teams or through the extensive partner network.

This tool enables you to identify existing licenses in your on-premises environment and perform cost comparisons between Bring Your Own License (BYOL) and License Included (LI) options in AWS. This allows you to make informed decisions about license migration and optimize your licensing costs in the cloud. By efficiently planning your migration, you can maximize the benefits of AWS and minimize any potential pitfalls.

4. Provides Cost-Effective Alternatives

One of the key challenges in cloud migration is identifying over-provisioned on-premises instances and finding cost-effective alternatives on AWS.

With AWS Migration Evaluator, you can easily discover these instances and receive recommendations for cost-effective alternatives in the AWS cloud. By leveraging the tool’s insights, you can optimize your infrastructure, eliminate unnecessary expenses, and maximize the cost-efficiency of your migration. This tool is designed to fast track your cloud migration decisions by providing a customized assessment that can potentially reduce costs by up to 50 percent.

5. Reduces Your Carbon Footprint

Migrating to AWS can also contribute to reducing your carbon footprint. AWS is committed to sustainability, and the Migration Evaluator can measure the potential carbon footprint reduction achieved by migrating to the AWS cloud.

According to recent data, AWS is significantly more energy-efficient compared to traditional on-premises environments. In the United States, AWS is reported to be 3.6 times more energy efficient, while in Europe and the Asia Pacific region, it can be up to five times more energy efficient.

Related: Did You Know Cloud Computing with AWS Lowers Your Carbon Footprint?

AWS Migration Evaluator is a game-changing tool that simplifies, optimizes, and empowers businesses to make informed decisions about their cloud migration. With its comprehensive insights, carbon reduction measurement, and easy accessibility, it is an invaluable asset for organizations embarking on their cloud journey.

We Can Help

At nClouds, we can help businesses of all sizes leverage the insights gained from AWS Migration Evaluator to unlock the full potential of the cloud. With our guidance and support, businesses achieve operational excellence and gain a competitive edge in the market.

Contact us today to learn how nClouds can help you make the most of AWS and accelerate your path to success.


nClouds is a cloud-native services company that helps organizations maximize site uptime, performance, stability, and support, bringing out the best of their people and technology using AWS