As businesses look to the cloud to ensure business resiliency and to spur innovation, we continue to see customer migrations to Azure accelerate. Increasingly, we’ve heard from business leaders preparing to migrate that they could learn from our best practices and want general help thinking about migration, and we started a blog series to help share those even more broadly. In our kick-off blog for this series, we shared that landing zones are a key component to anticipating and mitigating complexities as part of your migration. In this blog, we will cover what landing zones are and the importance of getting cloud destinations ready in advance of the physical migration, as that generates significant benefit in the long-term.
IT and business leaders often ask us about how they can both enable their teams to innovate with agility in Azure and remain compliant within organizational governance, security, and efficiency guardrails. Getting this balance right is critical to cloud migration success. One of the most important questions to getting it right is how to set up destination Azure environments we call landing zones.
At Microsoft, we believe that cloud agility isn’t at odds with setting up the right foundation for migration initiatives—in fact,
Moving to the cloud creates an opportunity to pause and think about how to operate the IT environment. Most organizations in the world have seen their ability to innovate and adopt cloud technologies slowed down by the rules and operating model that governs their existing IT environments. Organizations have their own set of processes, tools, and dedicated staff to ensure that these environments can continuously support business needs.
With the move to a cloud environment, IT has access to new tools and processes that unblock IT operations. By revisiting the operating model, technology-focused teams and Azure partners can help organizations improve agility, cost, and scale.
Azure landing zones in the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure are designed to accelerate efforts to map, modernize, or even reimagine the operating model. Azure landing zones help build a cloud environment aligned to the optimal technology operations specific to your needs in the cloud.
As the following analogy illustrates, a standardized foundation can’t fit the variety of needs seen by organizations and operating models. Respecting any need for options and customization, we provide a range of landing zone architectures and implementation options. Organizations can use the implementation option that most clearly aligns to
Organizations today are changing how they run their businesses to ensure safety and efficiency. As we work closely with our customers, their top priorities include optimizing business costs, scaling for a remote workforce, and ensuring business continuity. As a result, cloud migration remains a priority and partners play a critical role.
To support your cloud migration projects, we are committed to solutions that optimize costs, scale efficiencies, and bring unmatched security and compliance. We have amazing offers, like Azure Hybrid Benefit, reserved instances, and free extended security updates to help our customers save money. Azure also delivers the lowest total cost of ownership for Windows Server and SQL Server workloads, with up to 3x better performance over AWS (GigaOm*).
We are also seeing increasing adoption of specialized workloads like the Azure VMware Solution as customers look to migrate their entire IT estate to Azure. Lastly, Azure does all of this while remaining flexible, so customers can extend their on-premises investments and leverage them as they move to the cloud. The new Azure Stack HCI preview is one example that we just announced.
Today, we’re sharing new Azure services that help accelerate migration.
Leverage new Azure infrastructure services to migrate workloads
More than ever before, companies are relying on their big data and artificial intelligence (AI) systems to find new ways to reduce costs and accelerate decision-making. However, customers using on-premises systems struggle to realize these benefits due to administrative complexity, inability to scale their fixed infrastructure cost-effectively, and lack of a shared collaborative environment for data engineers, data scientists and developers.
To make it easier for customers to modernize their on-premises Spark and big data workloads to the cloud, we’re announcing a new migration offer with Azure Databricks. The offer includes:
Up to a 52 percent discount over the pay-as-you-go pricing when using the Azure Databricks Unit pre-purchase plans. This means that customers can free themselves from the complexities and constraints of their on-premises solutions and realize the benefits of the fully managed Azure Databricks service at a significant discount. Free migration assessment for qualified customers.
Azure Databricks is a fast, easy, and collaborative Apache Spark-based service that simplifies building big data and AI solutions. Since its debut two years ago, Azure Databricks has experienced significant adoption from customers, such as Shell, Cerner, Advocate Aurora Health, and Bosch, which are using it to run mission-critical big data and AI workloads.
Azure Migrate now supports assessments for Azure VMware Solution (AVS), providing even more options for you to plan your migration to Azure. AVS enables you to run VMware natively on Azure. AVS provides a dedicated Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) for your VMware environment on Azure, ensuring you can leverage familiar VMware tools and investments, while modernizing applications overtime with integration to Azure native services. Delivered and operated as a service, your private cloud environment provides all compute, networking, storage, and software required to extend and migrate your on-premises VMware environments to Azure.
As organizations now more than ever look for cost efficiencies, business stability, and consistency, choosing the most efficient migration path is imperative. This means considering a number of different workload scenarios and destinations, such as migrating your servers to Azure Virtual Machines or running your existing VMware workloads natively on Azure with AVS.
Previously, Azure Migrate tooling provided support for migrating Windows and Linux servers to Azure Virtual Machines, as well as support for database, web application, and virtual desktop scenarios. Now, you can use the migration hub to assess machines for migrating to AVS as well.
With the Azure Migrate: Server Assessment tool, you can analyze
The global health crisis has transformed the way we work and live. Remote work has surged across industries, and the ability to scale and manage your business from anywhere has become essential. As our customers are moving beyond resolving immediate crisis needs, many are thinking about the next set of IT investments that can set them up for long term success. Microsoft is here to help.
Moving to the cloud has clear economic benefits. Convert upfront capital expenditures into operating expenditures and pay as you consume. The cloud scales up and down to meet demand as you need, so you don’t need to over-provision resources to be ready for peak usage and incur expenses on idle servers. Best of all, the cloud improves operational productivity for your staff, so they can focus on priority business initiatives.
When migrating to the cloud, Azure can provide unique and differentiated value that can help you save. Here’s how…
Save money with unique offers and programs
Meeting your business and budget needs has always been a priority for us. We make this possible through unique offers, transparent and competitive pricing, and free cost management tools. Azure is the most cost-effective cloud for Windows Server
Microsoft’s service for datacenter migration, Azure Migrate, is now available in Azure Government—unlocking the whole range of functionality for government customers. Previously, Azure Migrate V1 was available to US Azure Government customers, which performed limited scale assessment for VMware workloads. Azure Migrate V2 for Azure Government, now available, includes a one-stop shop for discovery, assessment, and migration of largescale datacenters.
Why migrate to Azure Government
We know how important security is for Government customers. Fortunately, Azure Government, Microsoft’s government cloud offering, provides industry-leading security with more compliance certifications than any other cloud provider. By using a cloud government solution, your organization can meet high compliance certifications that aren’t available on-premises.
Azure Government has six government-exclusive datacenter regions across the US, with an Impact Level 5 Provisional Authorization. This means Azure Government can host workloads for the most sensitive organizations, like the US Department of Defense. Azure Government also offers hybrid flexibility, which allows you to customize your digital transformation by keeping select data and functionality on-premises.
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At Microsoft Ignite, we announced new Microsoft Azure Migrate assessment capabilities that further simplify migration planning. In this post, I will talk about how you can plan migration of physical servers. Using this feature, you can also plan migration of virtual machines of any hypervisor or cloud. You can get started right away with these features by creating an Azure Migrate project or using an existing project.
Previously, Azure Migrate: Server Assessment only supported VMware and Hyper-V virtual machine assessments for migration to Azure. At Ignite 2019, we added physical server support for assessment features like Azure suitability analysis, migration cost planning, performance-based rightsizing, and application dependency analysis. You can now plan at-scale, assessing up to 35K physical servers in one Azure Migrate project. If you use VMware or Hyper-V as well, you can discover and assess both physical and virtual servers in the same project. You can create groups of servers, assess by group and refine the groups further using application dependency information.
While this feature is in preview, the preview is covered by customer support and can be used for production workloads. Let us look at how the assessment helps you plan migration.
Azure suitability analysis
The Azure SQL Server Migration Cookbook for Azure SQL Database describes how you can migrate an on-premises SQL Server Database to Azure and can be downloaded here. The cookbook describes engine compatibility, tools to use and how to approach migration READ MORE