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Azure VMware Solution

Run your VMware workloads natively on Azure.

Move or extend on-premises VMware environments to Azure

Seamlessly move VMware-based workloads from your datacenter to Azure and integrate your VMware environment with Azure. Keep managing your existing environments with the same VMware tools you already know while you modernize your applications with Azure native services. Azure VMware Solution is a Microsoft service, verified by VMware, that runs on Azure infrastructure.


Get scale, automation, and fast provisioning for your VMware workloads on global Azure infrastructure

Keep using your existing VMware investments, skills, and tools, including VMware vSphere, vSAN, vCenter

Modernize your VMware workloads with native Azure management, security, and services

Take advantage of Azure as the best cloud for your Microsoft Windows and SQL Server workloads


Seamlessly integrate your VMware environment with Azure

Easily move your VMware workloads to Azure and increase your productivity with elasticity, scale, and fast provisioning cycles. View and create vSphere VMs in the Azure portal via API calls or CLI, automate deployments, and enable single sign-on. Enhance your workloads with the full range of Azure compute, monitor, backup, database, IoT, and AI services.

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Use your existing VMware investments with Azure

Get on-demand access to additional capacity when you consolidate, retire, or expand existing datacenters. Move to Azure seamlessly using VMware’s HCX technology and continue to manage your environment using the same VMware tools you already know: vSphere Client, NSX-T, Power CLI, or any popular DevOps toolchain. Ensure operational continuity when redeploying your vSphere-based applications to Azure, and avoid the complexity of application refactoring.


Deploy on dedicated cloud infrastructure in Azure

Rely on the operating platform and backend infrastructure of Azure to run VMware vSphere, vSAN, and NSX-T platforms natively and at scale. Eliminate the hassles of procuring, deploying, and managing hardware infrastructure by running your workloads on fully managed, single tenant, bare-metal Azure infrastructure. Choose from a variety of connectivity options, including Azure ExpressRoute, and encrypt your data at rest and in transit with protected, high-speed, low-latency connectivity.

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Microsoft workloads are best on Azure

Azure is the cloud of choice for Windows Server and SQL Server. Take advantage of intelligent security, seamless hybrid capabilities, and unique cost savings options on Azure. Join customers of all sizes who trust Azure for their Windows Server and SQL Server workloads. A recent Microsoft study found that enterprise customers considering cloud migration for Windows Server were 30 percent more likely to choose Azure.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

Get started with an Azure free account


Start free. Get USD$200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 55+ other services that are always free.


After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.


After 12 months, you'll keep getting 55+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.

Trusted by companies of all sizes

"Our business critical workloads depend on cloud infrastructure that is 'always on' and Microsoft Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple will enable us to meet our disaster recovery and business continuity needs without having to change our existing VMware infrastructure. Microsoft and VMware are longtime partners of Dot Foods and we're excited at how this integration will help us save time and money as we work to modernize our application portfolio."


Eric Ellerman, Infrastructure Architect, Dot Foods, Inc.

Frequently asked questions about Azure VMware Solution

  • Yes, Azure VMware Solution is now generally available. Please visit Azure products available by region to learn more about availability in your region.

  • Azure VMware Solution is developed, operated, and supported by Microsoft, backed and cloud verified by VMware.

  • Start by Accessing Azure VMware Solution in the Azure Portal to stand up your AVS private cloud. You can also work with your Microsoft Account team or preferred channel partner.

  • Popular Azure VMware Solution scenarios include:

    • Datacenter footprint reduction, consolidation, and retirement

      Reduce your datacenter footprint with a one-time re-deployment of your VMware-based virtual machines. Lift and shift any vSphere-based workloads to Azure in a non-disruptive, automated, scalable, and highly available way without changing the underlying vSphere hypervisor.

    • Datacenter expansion based on demand

      Seamlessly and elastically expand or augment datacenter capacity—and adjust your costs—on demand for short periods of time.

    • Disaster recovery and business continuity

      Use a VMware stack deployed in Azure as a primary or secondary on-demand disaster recovery site for on-premises datacenter infrastructure.

    • Application modernization

      Tap into the Azure ecosystem to modernize your applications without having to rebuild your VMware-based environments.

  • Azure VMware Solution is a first party Azure service, we encourage you to work directly with your Microsoft support team. The solution is fully supported and verified by VMware, Microsoft will work with VMware as needed to address any issues.

  • Use the same VMware tools that you use today to manage your VMware on-premises environments, including vCenter, vSphere Client, vRealize Operations, NSX Manager, Power CLI, and API calls. You can also use VMware HCX technology to support migration efforts.

  • With the new Azure VMware Solution Microsoft and VMware have a direct cloud provider partnership, and the new solution is entirely designed, built and supported by Microsoft, endorsed by VMware. Architecturally the solutions are consistent, with the VMware technology stack running on Azure dedicated infrastructure.

  • There is no change to the existing Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple. We continue to support the solution on Azure. Azure VMware Solution is backed by our service level agreement SLAs. Customers should continue to use the service for production workloads, this is a generally available solution governed by Microsoft’s service terms.

  • Yes, Azure VMware Solution supports migration using familiar VMware tools such as HCX. For customers interested in migrating to the new solution at general availability, please work with your Microsoft account team to explore options and support available.

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