With the number of servers moving into the cloud accelerating rapid solution providers with cloud migration expertise are in high demand. To help automate that process Racemi, a provider of server migration tools, has expanded the number of data centers managed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM SoftLayer that it supports.

With this latest release of its DynaCenter software Racemi is adding support for eight data centers that are part of the IBM SoftLayer cloud, which in addition to the 12 IBM SoftLayer and the ten AWS data centers it already supports, gives solution providers and their customers a total of 30 data centers to choose from around the globe.

In addition, Racemi is now adding the ability automatically select the appropriate server size on tan AWS or IBM SoftLayer cloud based on the processor and memory information in the image captured from the source server.

Finally, Racemi is now making it possible to queue migrations between source and target servers before synchronization in order to ensure file and application consistency. James Strayer, vice president of product management at Racemi, says that capability is especially useful for database servers and other applications that cache changes in memory.

Rather than move servers into the cloud themselves Strayer said Racemi sees IT organizations increasingly make use of solution providers to execute a movement that is generally perceived to be a one way trip. With more IT organizations starting to adopt a “cloud- first” mentality the bar for continuing to run a server on premise has been substantially raised.

Priced starting at $299 per successful migration to the cloud, Strayer said solution providers are generally anxious to migrate as many workloads into the cloud as possible to not only maximize the usage of their technical bench, but also begin delivering higher margin managed services once those application workloads are moved into the cloud.

While it’s clear that the vast majority of application workloads running in the cloud were born there, the number of legacy workloads that are expected to move from on premise environments into the cloud is expected to substantially increase in the months ahead. As such, solution providers across the channel has an opportunity to present themselves as server migration experts using tools that most internal IT organizations don’t generally have ready access to because the number of times they need to migrate an application workload from one server to another is minimal.

Of course, this cloud server migration opportunity may not last forever. But while it does it should prove to be especially lucrative both in the short term and as an opportunity to establish a deeper customer relationship that could generate reoccurring revenues for years to come.