Migrate for Compute Engine

Fast, flexible, and safe migration to Google Cloud with Migrate for Compute Engine.

Frictionless, enterprise-grade migration for any business

Cloud migration creates a lot of questions. Migrate for Compute Engine by Google Cloud has the answers. Whether you’re looking to migrate one application from on-premises or one thousand enterprise-grade applications across multiple data centers, Migrate for Compute Engine gives any IT team, large or small, the power to migrate their workloads to Google Cloud.

Watch the video to your right to hear what one of our customers, Rackspace Technology, thinks about Migrate for Compute Engine's speed and ease of use. 

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Fast, efficient migrations

With Migrate for Compute Engine’s simple “as a service” interface within Cloud Console and flexible migration options, it’s easy for anyone to reduce the time and toil that typically goes into a migration. Avoid complex deployments, setup, and configurations. Eliminate confusing and troublesome client-side migration tool agents. By using the right migration tool, you can save your migration team’s valuable time for what matters most: migrating workloads. 

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Simplicity at scale

Take advantage of Migrate for Compute Engine’s speed, scale, and flexibility to accelerate your migration program. Migrate a single app with a few clicks, execute a migration sprint with 100 systems using groups, or use our Cloud API to build your in-house migration factory. With Migrate for Compute Engine, you are empowered to customize your migration in whatever way that is best for you.

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Minimal downtime and risk

Built-in testing makes it fast and easy to validate before you migrate. No client-side software agents means no impact on the resources needed by the workload itself, no need to open access to or from the network where the workload is running, and the ability to complete your migration without the source systems running at all. And periodically replicating data from the source workload to the destination without manual steps or interruptions to the running workload minimizes workload downtime and enables fast cutover to the cloud.

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Lower cost, higher staff productivity

Migrate for Compute Engine’s as-a-service offering helps reduce migration labor and complexity. By leveraging speed and simplicity, you can eliminate costly on-premises hardware and software licenses. Plus, Migrate for Compute Engine provides usage-driven analytics to help you rightsize destination instances and avoid cloud over-provisioning.


Get a firsthand look at how Migrate for Compute Engine can accelerate your migrations to Google Cloud. 

Migrate for Compute Engine: The basics

Migrate for Compute Engine allows you to migrate your virtual machines from your on-premises data center to Google Cloud Compute Engine. In this video, Roger Martinez shows how you can use Migrate for Compute Engine to manage your migration from start to finish.
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Advanced replication technology

Migrate for Compute Engine’s advanced replication migration technology copies instance data to Google Cloud in the background with no interruptions to the source workload that’s running.

As a service

Provision cloud instances directly from Migrate for Compute Engine, including support for customizations to networking, encrypted disks, and more. 

Destination flexibility

Migrate to flexible cloud targets (projects, instance types, etc.) directly from Migrate for Compute Engine, including support for customizations to networking, disks, and more.

Pre-migration validation and testing

Pre-migration validation via Migrate for Compute Engine’s test-clone capability, which allows non-disruptive testing of production workloads and data directly in the cloud, within an isolated environment that has zero impact on production or live systems.

Migration groups

Plan and execute migration waves within Google Cloud Console using VM groups. Group VMs based on your needs (examples: application types, workload ownership, etc.) which enables you to run one-click group migration. In addition, you can have the flexibility to execute migration operations on specific VMs within the group (e.g. test-clone a set of VMs from a group).

Automatic and seamless adaptations

Automatic and seamless adaptations for cloud, including driver/agent installations, networking, licensing, and more. No required manual changes to the applications, images, networks, storage, or drivers are required when migrating popular operating systems and versions.

On-premises utilization reports

Easily plan your destination instance sizes with help from built-in on-premises utilization reports, so as to avoid accidental cloud overprovisioning.

Programmable migrations

Programmable operations with Cloud API enable automation of the migration flow using the orchestration/automation tools of your choice.

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"Migrate for Compute Engine has helped Rackspace Technology to greatly accelerate our customers' transition into Google Cloud. It handles the complexities of MSSQL and Windows that we previously had to solve with custom log shipping and other consistency set tooling. Using Migrate for Compute Engine, especially the new version 5, is very simple and it makes cutover extremely fast while minimizing downtime during cutover. To date, this is the best tool for migration to Google Compute Engine."

Matt Richins, Senior Manager Rackspace Cloud Architecture and Security, Rackspace


Customers migrating to Google Cloud may use Migrate for Compute Engine software at no additional cost. However, Google Cloud charges for resources like Compute Engine instances, Cloud Storage, Cloud Monitoring, Cloud Logging, and networking bandwidth used during your migration.

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