Cloud migration journey
Plan your cloud migration strategy with a proven process and expert guidance
Assess your migration readiness
Get started on your cloud migration journey and understand your level of readiness with the Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool (SMART).
Answer a few questions and get a customised migration-readiness report that will help you plan and close gaps.Start your assessment with SMART
Migrate efficiently – on your own terms
Move your servers, apps, databases and other workloads to Azure using the migration approach that’s right for your business. There’s no single cloud migration process that works for every organisation, but the main implementation stages are similar for all organisations and industries: define your strategy, make a plan, ready your organisation and adopt the cloud – then govern and manage your environment.
The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure is a proven approach that’s designed to help you through all of the stages of your project with confidence – from cloud assessment and migration planning to securing and optimising your environment.Explore the Cloud Adoption Framework
Get leadership buy-in
Ensure a successful migration with this important first step – executive sponsorship.
Define your cloud migration strategy drivers and get commitment from leadership to pursue your migration project.
Start with leadership buy-in to get the needed guidance on your organisation’s unique needs when it comes to cloud migration, as well as support for allocating talent and initial budget resources, with the expectation that budgets can be refined later.Watch a cloud migration planning video
Align your stakeholders
Co-ordinate your migration across multiple functions and get all of your stakeholders aligned early. Include app owners affected by migration in early cloud migration planning exercises to reinforce the benefits of hosting their application on Azure.
Involve IT infrastructure groups, such as networking, security and identity teams, in your design and planning discussions.
Engage partner support
For expert help, work with a partner to plan and implement your migration projects while minimising disruption to your business.
Engage partner support for help with automation, cloud services operations and optimisation – as well as guidance for migrating and modernising specific scenarios and workloads. Get help choosing a migration partnerLearn more about defining a cloud migration strategy
Discover and assess your environment
Reduce risks and ensure a smooth migration process using Azure Migrate to build an inventory of the servers and databases in your environment.
Assess your apps to identify dependencies between servers and include all the necessary app components in your cloud migration plan.
Take advantage of the centralised repository in Azure Migrate to get end-to-end visibility and tracking of your migration progress.
Make your business case
Evaluate the potential cost savings of migrating to Azure by calculating and comparing your total cost of ownership (TCO) for Azure with that of a comparable on-premises deployment.
Use the Azure TCO calculator to create a customised business case for migration to Azure.
Get estimates of storage and compute costs in Azure using Azure Migrate.
Plan and prioritise
Prioritise your workloads into migration waves based on their business impact and complexity.
Create your detailed plan of migration waves using this template – with milestones to help app owners and your cloud team to plan their involvement.Learn more about cloud migration planning
Build technical skills and support-readiness
Prepare your teams with the skills necessary to migrate workloads and operate them once you’re in Azure.
Define your support needs, address any current gaps and ensure that your business and IT employees are prepared for the changes and new technologies.
Discover free, self-paced learning from Microsoft Learn to empower your teams to build the skills that they’ll need for migration.
Prepare your cloud environment
Set up a landing zone in the cloud for your new Azure workloads.Watch the video
Use the cloud adoption framework migration blueprint to quickly set up a cloud environment.Learn how to get your environment ready to migrate
Implement a pilot migration
Run a pilot migration wave to get your teams familiar with the migration tasks, including the use of Azure migration tools, testing and cutover.
Use these migration scenario guides to assist you as you execute the steps of migrating VMs or databases.
Iterate through your migration waves
Expect the project to accelerate as your migration team gets more familiar with the approach and you institute repeatability.Learn more about the cloud migration process
Establish governance practices
Once you’ve migrated your workloads to Azure, build and scale your applications quickly while maintaining control by implementing governance practices.
Learn more about cloud governance disciplines to help you achieve goals such as policy compliance and cost control.
Benchmark and improve your governance
Start identifying your organisation’s governance needs with the governance benchmark tool.
Find more cloud migration tools and recommendations in the governance section of the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure.Get an overview of proven governance practices
Establish good operational practices
Avoid costly business disruptions and ensure that your apps run optimally by using the methodology for management to classify your migrated workloads by criticality and business value.
Enable a secure and resilient platform
Help protect workloads across your hybrid environments with intelligent security services.
Simplify your data protection strategy by setting up Azure Backup.
Gain full observability of your apps, infrastructure and network with Azure Monitor.Get an overview of cloud management with Microsoft
Azure migration FAQ
The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure is a self-guided migration methodology from Microsoft that provides a proven approach to migrate to Azure. It provides resources and a framework for a self-guided migration.
For those needing expert help with migration, the Azure Migration Programme provides step-by-step curated guidance and cloud migration strategies. It is not self-guided, and organisations must apply to join or be nominated by a partner or Microsoft team.
Find more cloud migration tools and resources to migrate your servers, apps and databases with confidence here.
Yes, many partner tools are available through Azure Migrate.
Get started with your migration project with help from an Azure expert or Microsoft solution provider.
Azure offers several tools to help you maximise your cloud investment and minimise costs. Get step-by-step cloud optimisation guidance in the Microsoft Docs article How to optimise your cloud investment with Azure Cost Management or watch the video Cost Management setup, organisation and tagging.