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Assess your on-premises resources to plan where your Azure migration should start.

Perform a cloud migration assessment in three steps

In this phase, we guide your decision-making as you begin your migration journey. We recommend establishing your cloud migration priorities and objectives before you start planning, so you can refer to those as you go. Automated migration tools will then provide additional insight into your environment and dependencies to build out cloud migration project plans.

By assessing your environment in steps, you can build a template for future use, aligning to individual apps, locations or groups within your organisation. Start with applications that are expected to have few dependencies to get your migration moving quickly.

Discover applications for migration

Your organisation probably runs hundreds – if not thousands – of applications across a range of servers. While your current management tools may provide a good representation of these, to kick-start any migration, you need an inventory mechanism that can feed data into subsequent steps.

Using cloud migration assessment tools, compile an inventory of the physical and virtual servers in your environment. This data can include profile information and performance metrics about your on-premises applications. At the end of this step, you’ll have a complete inventory of servers with metadata for each, allowing you to build your cloud migration plan.

Map on-premises applications

Using information from your discovery, map your servers to represent your on-premises applications. This will help you identify dependencies or communication between servers so you can include all necessary application components in your cloud migration plan – to help reduce risks and ensure a smooth migration. Group your servers logically to represent the applications, and then select the best migration strategy for each application based on its requirements and migration objectives.

Evaluate your cloud migration plan

With your application groups mapped, evaluate how best to move each on-premises application. Use cloud migration assessment tools to access Azure resource recommendations and migration strategies for your application servers.

Evaluate the potential cost savings of Azure migration. Do this by calculating and comparing your total cost of ownership (TCO) for Azure with that of a comparable Azure deployment on your on-premises infrastructure.

Cloud migration assessment tools

Expedite the assessment phase by using automation and intelligence provided by a range of tools.

Choose the correct tools for your cloud migration plan

Use Microsoft tools or tools from our partner ecosystem that best meet your needs. Use Azure Migrate when your environment is VMware. We recommend using partner tools when you need some of the following richer assessment capabilities.


Azure Migrate

  • Corent
  • TSO Logic
  • Movere
  • Turbonomic
  • Cloudamize
No-cost tool Available Not available
Assessment of VMware environments Available Not available
Assessment of VMware, Hyper-V and physical environments Not available Available
Agentless dependency visualisation Not available Available
Advanced cloud economics cost modelling Not available Available
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