Microsoft Azure Migration

At its core, Azure is a public cloud computing platform.

Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, provides a range of cloud services, including those for hosting, storage and networking.
It is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) that can be used to replace or supplement your on-premise servers. Advantages include speed and flexibility, minimised costs, performance, and reliability.

Do you plan to move everything into the cloud? When deciding to migrate to the cloud some organisations will arrive at the need to run a hybrid cloud scenario, where certain servers remain on-premise. The Hybrid cloud model still offers many advantages, but how do you arrive at the best solution for your unique business requirements?

Solutions4IT adopt a methodical and proven approach to all Azure migrations. Here are some specific steps we take to help you get started.

Plan and Assess your Environment

  • Develop a business case for your cloud migration. We use an Azure Total Cost of Ownership Calculator to do your analysis.
  • Carryout a thorough assessment using tools within Azure Migrate. Then, with a deep assessment in hand, we can advise you on what is involved when migrating resources to Azure,and how they will perform when moved, all before any time is invested in the actual migration.
  • At this point we can provide you with a ‘statement of work’ along will accurate initial and ongoing costings. Your budgets can be set around fixed projected costs, safe in the knowledge that a report confirms the move we be made successfully.

Migration strategies

The most common is Rehost, Often referred to as a "lift-and-shift" migration. This option doesn't require software changes, and lets you migrate your existing servers to Azure quickly. Each server is migrated as is, to reap the benefits of the cloud, without the risk and cost associated with code changes. Rehost is used...

  • When you need to move servers quickly to the cloud.
  • When you want to move a server without modifying it.
  • When your software applications are architected so that they can leverage Azure IaaS scalability after migration.
  • When your servers are important to your business, but you don't need immediate changes to software capabilities.

Refactoring often referred to as “repackaging" requires minimal changes to software, so that they can connect to Azure PaaS, and use cloud offerings. For example, you could migrate existing software applications to Azure App Service or Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Or, you could refactor relational and non-relational databases into options such as Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and Azure Cosmos DB.

Solutions 4IT can assist you with the whole ‘Migrate to Azure’ journey and this includes where other opportunities exist to enhance your business processes. We can help you investigate other cloud SAAS offerings like;

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