Microsoft Azure Migration Service


Enable resilience and accelerate growth with your Azure migration


In response to the global health and macroeconomic crisis that began last year, customers have been accelerating their digital transformation efforts at an unprecedented pace to help bolster organizational resilience. They have depended on the cloud to not only help maintain business continuity throughout the recovery but also reimagine their mission for long-term growth.

Customers like Albertsons Companies, H&R Block, and Additiv have shared how migrating to the cloud with Microsoft Azure allowed them to stay resilient.

Azure has always helped our diverse customers adapt to new ways of doing business, and we see common areas where you are focusing your transformation during this crisis. Almost every organization has had to pivot towards remote work with a huge push for empowering new forms of employee productivity in these environments.

Every organization is looking at cost optimization initiatives to manage cash flow better. IT leaders are worried about operating their data centers without interruption, dealing with reduced staff and resources while security also remains top of mind.

Cloud migration can help you overcome the challenges above. To realize these benefits quickly and predictably, you can look to cloud service providers for prescriptive best-practices guidance and support through your journey. You are seeking the confidence that will help you mitigate risk through your transition.


Get started with best-practices and cloud economics guidance in Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure

Most customers have workloads running across on-premises, cloud, and edge environments during and post-migration. Consistency in management and governance is critical, which is why you can accelerate your cloud adoption in predictable ways with the help of proven guidance, documentation, and tools in the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure.

Now Microsoft expanded the cloud Adoption Framework to include guidance around hybrid cloud and multi-cloud approaches while ensuring security, governance, and compliance across the board.


Stop paying for unused infrastructure

As you make the move to the cloud, it is also important to account for the impact on your organization’s financial posture of transitioning from a capital expenditure (CAPEX) model—owned and operated data centers and hardware—to an operational expenditure (OPEX) model— where you pay-as-you-use.

With a CAPEX model, it’s common for organizations to use roughly 60 percent of their data center capacity for daily operations and only 30 percent of their server capacity. While having excess capacity is critical, it still means paying for unused infrastructure. We advise you to have upfront alignment with finance and procurement as you build migration and modernization plans to help establish early agreement around the cloud business case along with the right guard rails to track.


Azure Migrate Prerequisites

There are the steps you should follow before you migrate on-premises machines to Azure using the Azure Migrate: Server Migration tool.

  • Review migration limitations.
  • Select a method for migrating VMware VMs
  • Check hypervisor and operating system requirements for machines you want to migrate.
  • Review URL and port access for machines you want to migrate.
  • Review changes you might need to make before you begin migration.
  • Check Azure VMs requirements for migrated machines
  • Prepare machines so you can connect to the Azure VMs after migration.