Category Archives : Migration



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.

Leading-edge innovations in Azure ensure your government organization is modernized and effective, with advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, and high-performance computing. Transform how your organization learns from and interacts with citizens. Analyze smart devices




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.

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The end of SQL Server 2005 extended support is nearing on April 12, 2016. To accomplish a smooth and trouble-free upgrade to SQL Server 2014, you should plan for upgrade and address the complexity of upgrade for your applications. AsRead More




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 migrationRead More