VM migration

Moving VMs to the cloud can deliver compelling benefits, but the mechanics of data and workload migration may strain limited IT resources. Google Cloud offers solutions for customers migrating VMs to GCP at no additional cost, as well as an extensive ecosystem of partners to help with discovery and assessment, planning, migration, special use cases, and more.

Customer stories

Story features

  • 4x improvement of online grocery site performance

  • Reclaimed up to 50% of site reliability engineers' time for innovation

  • Enabled new real-time personalization features and shopping conveniences for customers


  • Retail and consumer goods

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VM migration strategies

Lift and shift as is

Moving VMs to the cloud can help you escape capital-intensive refresh cycles. With our partners' on-premises discovery and analysis tools, you can understand the cost benefit of moving to the cloud. Once you're ready, our industry-leading solution, Migrate for Compute Engine, can migrate your VMs to Compute Engine for free,* delivering a fast, frictionless migration journey.

Upgrade to containers

For some VMs, it may be possible to expand the benefits you receive when you migrate them into the cloud by also upgrading them to containers. To do that, we've launched Migrate for Anthos, which helps you migrate VMs from on-premises or other clouds directly into containers in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) without having to modify the VMs or rewrite the applications beforehand. Migrate for Anthos is powered by our Migrate for Compute Engine technology, so you can migrate and modernize your VMs in one smooth motion.

* The Migrate for Compute Engine product/service is at no charge; consumption of GCP resources will be billed at standard rates.

Key benefits

Do more. Pay less.

Google Cloud VMs are billed on a per second basis with no up-front costs or termination fees, saving you more even as your needs grow.

Improve performance

With automatic, app-specific sizing recommendations and custom machine types, VMs on Google Cloud give you exactly what you need and boot in a matter of seconds.

Fast, flexible, safe storage

Data is encrypted both in motion and at rest with millisecond access for all storage classes and on-the-fly disk resizing.

Recommended products and services

We offer a wide range of products and services to help you migrate your VMs to Google Cloud.

Recommended VM migration partners

These handpicked partners can guide you through every stage — from initial planning and assessment to migration and disaster recovery strategies — at your own pace.

Assessment and planning

Begin your migration journey with confidence thanks to specialized partners who can help with estimating costs and viability, dependency mapping, and everything in between.


When you're ready to migrate, these partners can help with infrastructure modernization, data center consolidation, and more.