Cloud Data Migration is Faster with an Accelerated Transfer Protocol
Reinventing Business and Customer Experience
Transformation was a big theme for the keynote address by Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy at this year’s AWS re:Invent conference. Companies become meaningful and sustainable over time by continuing to reinvent their businesses and customer experience. This being an AWS event, the message was clear – the cloud will enable this transformation. For the vast majority of organizations still using on-premise IT infrastructure, determining how to move data to cloud storage to take advantage of the many services offered by AWS will be an important step.
Andy Jassy cited research showing that 97 percent of the $3.7 trillion IT market is still on premise and not yet in the cloud. In the coming years, more and more enterprises will make the decision to modernize. They will move to the cloud to take advantage of lower infrastructure costs, increased elasticity, and better security. Furthermore, AWS unveiled new machine learning tools that companies can use to gain better insight into their businesses and customers. The faster organizations sitting on vast amounts of on-premise data can complete their cloud data migration, the faster they’ll be able to benefit from these services.
TCP vs. UDP
How to quickly move data to cloud storage is the question. One method is SFTP, which transfers files over TCP. A legacy transport technology, TCP is susceptible to unreliable connections and high latency. Imagine the frustration of moving terabytes (or even petabytes) of data only to experience a timeout halfway through the transfer. With TCP, you would have to restart the transfer session from the beginning.
A better solution is UDP, the transfer protocol at the core of the JetStream file acceleration platform. UDP removes the back-and-forth communication between the sender and recipient required by TCP. As a result, data can be moved at a significantly greater speed. In addition, UDP does not time out. If the network connection goes down for whatever reason, the transfer resumes from where it left off to complete the task and save valuable time.
Amazon S3 Integration
Organizations can use JetStream to enable and accelerate the migration of on-premise data to the cloud through its support of Amazon S3. More importantly, the data can then be used to leverage AWS services to modernize businesses and transform customer experiences.