Migrating VMs to Google Cloud Platform

Free VM Migration for Google Cloud Platform

Your Journey to Cloud Platform Made Easy

Moving computing workloads to the cloud can deliver compelling benefits, but the mechanics of data and workload migration can strain limited IT resources. Google partners are available to help with this migration. Google also offers a free self-service migration capability for servers running supported operating systems from either an on-premises machine or a VM in another public cloud platform. Using this service will create a virtual machine instantiated in your GCP project that is a replica of a machine in another environment.

Getting Started With VM Migration

Many companies start their journey to the cloud by shifting some work from on-premises resources.

Cloud Disaster Recovery

In conjunction with our partners, we have developed tools to continuously replicate your applications to the cloud, providing a robust disaster recovery solution. Leave your expensive secondary data centers behind and rely on the cloud to achieve robust disaster recovery. With Recovery Points Objectives that help you restore from a recent state and Recovery Time Objectives that guarantee you’ll get back up and running quickly, you can rest assured that your workloads are resilient.

Test in Production Environments

Replicating your production environment for staging and testing creates unnecessary costs and operational overhead. The economics of cloud computing allow your development teams to work with the resources they need when they need them. Google and its partners have purpose-built solutions for creating dev/test versions of your production environment without the need for large capital expenditures.

Lift and Shift Workloads

Often it makes sense to move an entire workload to the public cloud. Leveraging the cloud can allow you to escape capital intensive refresh cycles. Google has created solutions with its partners that facilitate this type of move. Using our partner’s on-premises discovery and analysis tools will help you understand the cost benefit of moving to the cloud. Our partners’ leading replication technology moves your data and workloads with minimal time and expense.

Self Service or Partner Assisted?

Broadly speaking, there are two approaches to cloud migration: self-service and partner-assisted. Our experience suggests that many of our customers, from small businesses to large enterprises, ultimately find a partnership approach provides a better experience and consumes less time and money.

Migration Phase Assessment Planning Network Configuration Replication
Self Service Internal teams generate maps of application dependencies and network traffic. Internal teams download cost models from public cloud vendors and create complex spreadsheets modelling the cost. Teams estimate the best virtual resources to use. Teams configure network rules to match their internal systems. Teams use GCP’s free migration service. Premium OS licenses are mapped (when possible) and packed with the images.
Partner Assisted Partners deploy agents on the network to map server and network activity. Application clusters are automatically extracted. Partners determine the appropriate machine types to handle existing workloads across multiple public cloud vendors. Partner solutions enable networking to match the existing topology. Partners replicate the virtual machines into the cloud, accounting for licensing transitions.

Recommended VM Migration Partners

These partners have been hand-picked by Google to provide the best customer experience throughout the migration process. They allow you to migrate at your own pace, while utilizing their technology to avoid common pitfalls inherent to migrations. These partners cover the entire migration challenge: from on-premises infrastructure assessment and cost modelling to actual data replication to the cloud.


These partners can complete an assessment of your current infrastructure and cost modeling of your journey to the cloud.

With the Cloudamize analytics platform, organizations can assess, plan, and manage their entire cloud lifecycle while maintaining enterprise-level control and visibility.

CloudPhysics is one of the market’s fastest growing channel intelligence platforms, designed to enable data-driven collaborations. CloudPhysics helps customers leverage expert resources to plan and execute public, private, and hybrid cloud migration through analytical assessments and simulations.

The ATADATA Transformation Suite discovers, clones, migrates with an option for OS upgrading, and syncs your existing servers, including hypervisors, to the cloud.

Migrating VMs to Cloud Platform

When you’re ready to execute, these partners can help you shift your workloads to Cloud Platform.

CloudEndure™ enables cloud migration and disaster recovery of any machine to and across clouds, using continuous replication of your entire application stack.

Sureline is leading the way with a complete, easy to deploy Application Mobility solution that is flexible, provides the highest quality Recovery Points, replicates them remotely for safety, delivers zero data loss failover/failback, and the ability to test Disaster Recovery (DR) plans easily and frequently.

The ATADATA Transformation Suite discovers, clones, migrates with an option for OS upgrading, and syncs your existing servers, including hypervisors, to the cloud.

Velostrata provides an agentless streaming cloud migration solution that allows you to efficiently migrate and operationalize your applications to run on Google Cloud Platform in minutes. This patented solution eliminates the complexity and added labor costs associated with conventional cloud migration, delivering a seamless migration experience that is fast, simple and scalable.

Self-service Migration Resources

If you’d prefer to move your virtual machines to Cloud Platform on your own, use our free migration service. While the service is free, you will be billed for your use of Compute Engine to support your new GCP workload. For those looking to understand general concepts about moving to Cloud Platform, we also offer resources on best practices and mapping AWS concepts to Cloud Platform.