Azure cloud migration and modernisation centre
Get cloud migration tools and expert help to move, manage, and secure all your workloads, no matter the size of your business or industry.
Do more with less by moving to Azure
Migrate to the cloud. Save on cloud costs, increase efficiency and accelerate growth by adopting a cloud operations–based model on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) technologies. Modernise to drive innovation with fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) offerings.
Assess your readiness to migrate to the cloud.
Accelerate time to market with fully managed Azure services for PaaS, containers, low-code apps, and databases.
Speed up app delivery, boost developer productivity, and join more than 70 million developers working with GitHub and Visual Studio.
Find transformative solutions for any industry, including healthcare, financial services, retail, and manufacturing.
Mitigate business disruptions with built-in high-availability and disaster recovery options.
Reduce your emissions footprint as you migrate and modernise with carbon-intelligent sustainability solutions.
Azure is optimised for SAP. Move your SAP applications with confidence, and get data analytics and visualisation services that work with both SAP and non-SAP data.
Get unmatched price-performance for Windows Server and SQL Server, simplified Windows Server VM management, and SQL Server compatibility with an enterprise-grade SLA.
Extend Azure innovation to on-premises environments and enable consistent app development and DevOps practices across hybrid environments.
Consistently manage and govern Linux, Windows and SQL workloads across on-premises and multicloud environments.
Get comprehensive cloud security management and workload protection for all of your assets, anywhere.
Only on Azure: Get extended security updates for 3 more years at no additional charge on Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 R2.
Why migrate and modernise with Azure?
Transform your business with agility, resiliency and cost optimisation.
391 percent 3-year ROI by migrating and modernising with Azure.1
Save up to 85 percent compared to pay-as-you-go rates when migrating Windows and SQL Server licences with Azure Hybrid Benefit.2
Save up to 54 percent versus on-premises and up to 30 percent versus AWS by migrating ASP.NET apps to Azure.3
The Microsoft cloud is up to 93 percent more energy efficient than traditional enterprise datacentres.4
Tools and resources
Provide secure, remote access to desktops and applications—in just minutes—from virtually anywhere.Azure Virtual Desktop
Easily move on-premises servers to Azure, and even extend your VMware environments to Azure.
Get minimal downtime, fully managed and self-managed options, built-in high availability, monitoring, and security by migrating your databases to Azure.
Spend more time innovating and less time managing infrastructure by modernising your .NET, Java, and PHP web apps and databases.
Mainframe and midrange
Migrate and modernise with ease and without abandoning the applications you rely on.Mainframe and midrange migration solution
Bring intelligence, security, and reliability to SAP with a simplified migration path—thanks to the unique partnership between Microsoft and SAP.SAP on Azure
Development testing (dev/test)
Improve software quality, reduce costs, and quickly deploy hundreds of VMs by moving dev/test to Azure.
Migrate terabytes to petabytes of file and object data with specialised solutions.
Calculate estimated costs with Azure product pricing and example scenarios. Save multiple estimates for different approaches.
Trusted by companies of all sizes
Aster Group achieved flexibility and agility migrating to Azure
Mark Bonelle, Infrastructure Networking and Virtualisation Lead, Aster Group
"We've also seen a productivity gain in IT... that means better productivity, reduced carbon footprint and reduced overheads."
Campbell’s modernised its SAP environments on Azure
Prashant Srinivasan, Director, Enterprise Applications Platforms and Integration, Campbell Soup Company
"Our SAP on Azure journey was completed with an on-time migration of SAP ECC, SCM, and PO to SAP HANA 2.0, with more than 100 virtual machines, over 15 systems, 15-plus TB, and five new technologies."
Fujitsu reduced costs and scales in minutes with Azure
Christian Walter, Head of Web and Collaboration, Fujitsu
"By migrating to Azure, we have more scalability, flexibility, and efficiency, along with reduced upgrade-related costs for our online presence, than when we kept it in on-premises datacenters."
Memo migrated critical call centre systems to Azure
Michael De Decker, CEO, Memo
"Scalability, security, availability—it was a no-brainer for me… I was blown away with what Azure offers. It also gives us a competitive advantage."
O2 Czech Republic saves 30 percent TCO per workload
Martin Kozisek, Transformation Manager, O2 Czech Republic
"When we decided which workloads to modernize and move to Azure, we had a requirement that we would save 30 percent of total cost of ownership over five years. That's true of everything we've moved to Azure so far."
Orbit Healthcare increased scalability with Azure
Krishna Velaga, CTO, Orbit Healthcare
"Our confidence in our product increased multifold after we moved to Azure."
Frequently asked questions
There are a lot of benefits with application and data modernisation, but most organisations are motivated by one or both of the following:
- Spend more time innovating and less time maintaining legacy infrastructure by using cloud-native technologies.
- Build applications that are resilient, highly scalable, independently deployable and able to evolve quickly by using microservices architecture.
All workload cloud migrations, including databases, typically follow a six-step process. Factors such as the types of workloads, the complexity of the existing digital estate, and industry or governmental compliance requirements might require special planning and tools, but the six steps are almost always the same:
- Define strategy: Define your business justification and expected outcomes.
- Plan: Align actionable adoption plans to business outcomes.
- Ready: Prepare your environment for your cloud migration strategy.
- Adopt: Move your workloads to the cloud environment.
- Govern: Benchmark and implement governance best practices for your environment and workloads.
- Manage: Use proven methodologies to manage your cloud and hybrid solutions.
Modernise your .NET or Java apps by using Azure App Service or Azure Spring Cloud, and modernise your databases by using Azure managed databases like Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instances. Modernisation enables you to take advantage of Azure platform as a service (PaaS) capabilities such as built-in security, patching, high availability and autoscaling.
You can also containerise your .NET and Java apps and run them in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) without needing to make any code changes.
Extend Azure management and services to hybrid, multicloud and edge environments using Azure Arc. Azure Arc simplifies governance and management by delivering a consistent multi-cloud and on-premises management platform, enabling you to manage your entire environment with a single pane of glass by projecting your existing resources into Azure Resource Manager. You can also manage virtual machines, Kubernetes clusters, and databases as if they’re running in Azure.
Explore self-guided or expert-guided support
Find guidance and support with the Azure Migration and Modernisation Programme.
1IDC Business Value White Paper, sponsored by Microsoft Azure, The Business Value of Migrating and Modernising with Azure, IDC #US49665122, September 2022
2Optimise and maximise cloud investment with Azure savings plan for compute: Microsoft Community Hub
3GigaOm April 2022 report sponsored by Microsoft: Costs and Benefits of .NET Application Migration to the Cloud
4The carbon benefits of cloud computing, A study on the Microsoft Cloud in partnership with WSP, 2020