Migrate to Azure with Confidence: Start modernizing your infrastructure today
What triggers Cloud Migration?
Customers move to Cloud. And that is a fact. The 2018 State of the Cloud Survey* identified several key findings:
- Enterprises with a hybrid strategy (combining public and private clouds) made up 51 percent in 2018, while organizations with a strategy of multiple public clouds or multiple private clouds grew slightly.
- Public cloud adoption increased to 92 percent from 89 percent in 2017.
- Private cloud adoption increased to 75 percent from 72 percent in 2017.
- More enterprises see public cloud as their top priority, up from 29 percent in 2017 to 38 percent in 2018.
Biggest motivators, according to the research, are cost optimization and consistency across infrastructure whereas top challenges are security and spend
Moreover, what we would describe as catalysts for Cloud Migration can be outsourced datacenter contract expirations, integrating acquisitions, urgent capacity needs, software and hardware refresh, end of support, security threats, Compliance (e.g., GDPR), and the need to deliver applications faster.
What Azure IaaS Has to offer?
While the cloud offers many benefits, customers are also facing a few challenges presented by a fast-evolving cloud environment. For example
- Complex, heterogeneous workloads—with so many infrastructure services on the market today, it is difficult to know where to start
- Cost and time of implementation (Hybrid)
- Security and management concerns
- Monitoring and managing costs
Microsoft Azure can help you migrate your customers’ infrastructure with cost-effective and flexible paths. Thousands of customers have migrated to Azure, at their own pace and with high confidence by using a reliable methodology and flexible and powerful tools. In short Azure can help you save—before, during, and after migration, and it offers value during every stage of your cloud migration journey.
Azure IaaS solutions offer:
A modern infrastructure for all your workloads – Gets new apps to users faster. Because you don’t need to first set up the infrastructure before you can develop and deliver apps, you can get them to users faster with IaaS.
With true hybrid capabilities – Hybrid clouds combine public and private clouds, bound together by technology that allows data and applications to be shared between them. By allowing data and applications to move between private and public clouds, a hybrid cloud gives your business greater flexibility, more deployment options, and helps optimize your existing infrastructure, security, and compliance.
Secure and well-managed – With the appropriate service agreement, a cloud service provider can provide security for your applications and data that may be better than what you can attain in-house.
And cost-effective – Eliminates capital expense and reduces ongoing cost. IaaS sidesteps the upfront expense of setting up and managing an onsite datacenter, making it an economical option for start-ups and businesses testing new ideas.
Cloud Migration best Practices
Despite roadblocks in the process, cloud migrations can bring significant rewards. To successfully move to the cloud, organizations need to craft a migration strategy, assess risks and plan for surprises. Cloud migration issues, such as unexpected costs, interoperability, security gaps and unanticipated application rework, can create significant obstacles. To help smooth a frequently bumpy path, organizations need to craft a well-thought-out migration
Azure Migrate is a free service which assesses on-premises workloads for migration to Azure. The service assesses the migration suitability of on-premises machines, performs performance-based sizing, and provides cost estimations for running on-premises machines in Azure. If you’re contemplating lift-and-shift migrations, or are in the early assessment stages of migration, this service is for you.
A new version of Azure Migrate was released in July 2019. The new version of Azure Migrate provides a number of new features:
- Unified migration platform
- Assessment and migration tools
- Azure Migrate assessment
- Azure Migrate migration
- Azure Migrate appliance
- VMware VM migration
- Database assessment and migration
- Web app migration
- Data Box