Azure migration and modernisation centre
Let’s go forwards, together. Get resources at every stage of your cloud migration strategy and modernisation journey, including tools and guidance to help you move, manage and secure all your workloads.
Future-proof your business by moving to Azure
The global pandemic demonstrated that to face unexpected challenges, organisations need to be agile and resilient.
By moving to Azure, you’ll be able to innovate in new ways by adopting a cloud operations-based model on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) technologies. Additionally, you’ll be able to take advantage of further opportunities for innovation by modernising with fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) offerings.
For detailed guidance on Azure migration, take a look at these how-to videos.
Migrate and modernise all of your mission-critical workloads to Azure
Access your desktop and applications from virtually anywhere. Modernise to Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) in minutes to enable secure remote work.
Migrate SQL Server to Azure Virtual Machines or a fully managed option such as Azure SQL Database. Migrate and modernise MySQL and PostgreSQL to fully managed Azure services. Get minimal downtime and built-in HA, monitoring and security.
Mainframe and mid-range migration
Modernise with ease and without abandoning the applications that you rely on by running your mid-range and mainframe applications on Azure.
Bring Azure intelligence, security and reliability to SAP with a simplified migration path and learn about SAP and Microsoft’s unique partnership.
Development testing (dev/test)
Improve software quality and reduce costs by moving dev/test to Azure. Quickly deploy and manage hundreds of VMs for development and testing.
Migrate terabytes to petabytes of file and object data to Azure with ease to support lift-and-shift and modernisation efforts.
The cloud migration and modernisation continuum
Cloud migration and modernisation is a continuous process with opportunities for innovation and flexibility at every stage. Many organisations begin with an IaaS migration of their workloads to take advantage of cloud benefits straight away, while others begin with PaaS offerings to increase agility and developer productivity. No matter which approach you begin with, you’ll be able to start innovating in new ways straight away, and you can always adopt new IaaS or PaaS capabilities at any time.
Find out how ready you are to start migrating – the SMART way
From business planning to training to security and governance, find out what you need to do to prepare for your Microsoft Azure migration with SMART – the Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool.
Discover why cloud modernisation is key to long-term cloud success
Migrating workloads is a great first step. Find out why application modernisation boosts your return on investment and security, accelerates speed to market and opens up new opportunities for innovation.
Spend less money and time managing your data centre
And grow your business by spending more time focusing on higher-impact work.
AWS is five times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server1
versus on-premises and up to 30% versus AWS by migrating ASP.NET apps to Azure2
On Windows Server with Azure Hybrid Benefit and Reserved Instances3
More energy efficient than traditional enterprise data centres4
Why migrate and modernise with Azure?
Gain agility and resiliency to quickly take advantage of new opportunities and thrive in the face of new challenges by migrating to the cloud.
Enterprise-grade infrastructure for less
- Better manage your cash flow and respond faster to business changes by adopting a cloud operational expenses (OPEX) model. Learn more about cloud economics and optimising Azure costs.
- Only on Azure: Get extended security updates for three more years at no additional charge on Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 R2.
- Mitigate business disruptions for maximum resilience with built-in high-availability and disaster recovery options.
- According to Forrester Consulting, a composite organisation can avoid $10M in on-premises infrastructure and staff costs, and experience a 478% 3-year return on investment by moving to Azure5.
Innovate faster with a fully managed platform
- Achieve built-in scalability, high availability, enterprise-grade SLA and cost optimisation by modernising .NET, PHP and Java websites and apps to fully managed PaaS services such as Azure App Service and Azure Spring Cloud.
- Accelerate app development cycles, simplify deployment and quickly scale by containerising your existing apps with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Containerise your .NET and Java applications with Azure Migrate.
- Modernise your .NET, Java and Linux-based app back-ends with fully managed Azure SQL, Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL.
Protect your valuable assets with trusted cloud security
- Help safeguard your business assets with a team of more than 3,500 global security experts and over $1 billion in Azure cybersecurity investments.
- Confidently meet your regulatory requirements with the broadest set of cloud compliance certifications.
- Help secure your organisation from threats with Azure Sentinel, a cloud-native SIEM that provides intelligent, AI-informed security analytics.
Move on your terms with hybrid flexibility
- Consistently manage, secure and govern your Linux, Windows and SQL workloads that you’re not ready to move yet or are sequenced to move later by using Azure Arc.
- Enable consistent app development practices and enhanced velocity in hybrid environments by deploying and running your apps on Azure and/or on-premises with Arc-enabled Kubernetes.
- Enjoy hybrid flexibility as you move your assets: Reuse your existing Windows Server and SQL Server licences on the cloud with the Azure Hybrid Benefit. And now apply the benefit to your Red Hat and SUSE Linux, too.
Reinvent financial services
Create intelligent banking experiences, modernise trading and personalise insurance software with Azure infrastructure, services and compliance offerings.
City National Bank embraces PaaS to accelerate innovation for evolving client needs
City National wanted to migrate its on-premises application to the cloud to offer its demanding customer base more features and services. Migrating to Azure increased adoption of City National’s new web-based app by 50 per cent. The bank’s development team now has more time to focus on innovation and delivering a feature-rich customer experience.
AIA Singapore drives performance enhancements and cost savings by moving to Azure
With unpredictable spikes in traffic and underutilised on-premises servers on its interactive point of sale (iPoS) system, AIA Singapore wanted cloud efficiencies and a more modern platform. Migrating to Azure gave the company a more cost-effective way to deliver innovation to its customers and transform and further enhance all of its platforms.
TD Bank innovates and personalises customer experiences with the cloud
TD Bank wanted to improve the customer experience for its 13 million digitally active customers. TD increased scalability, agility and flexibility by moving to the cloud, enabling the company to process massive data sets in real time to gain customer insights and design better customer experiences.
Swiss Re cuts insurance processing from days to minutes by moving underwriting to the cloud
To prepare for the future and boost innovation, Swiss Re moved its underwriting solution to the cloud, allowing the company to take advantage of modern risk assessment, deep analytics and intelligent automation. In Azure, Swiss Re found security, availability, reliability and cutting-edge cloud-native services. With the cloud, the company can also make and deploy changes to client software in real time.
Clearent meets customer promises of trust, confidence and speed with Azure
Clearent wanted to improve the speed and costs of its payment processing platform, which handles more than 500 million payment transactions a year. By moving to Azure, Clearent was able to reduce infrastructure costs, streamline operations and gain the agility to meet sudden spikes in demand.
Embrace the promise of the fourth industrial revolution
Improve agility, reduce costs and increase resilience in your supply chain by migrating to Azure – and enable complex, intelligent industrial operations at a global scale.
Metinvest lays foundation for long-term growth by moving to Azure
Metinvest comprises more than 30 manufacturing enterprises, selling products to more than 100 countries. The migration and replatforming of its IT infrastructure, along with moving a significant volume of data to the cloud, took less than a year and generated projected savings of USD 3 million over the next 10 years.
Coats stays agile and responsive during COVID-19 conditions with Azure
Coats chose Azure to gain flexibility and agility to not only optimise existing processes, but also to accommodate unexpected changes in operations such as those triggered by COVID-19. Coats maintained business continuity and even expanded some of its operations to help produce much-needed personal protective equipment.
Kennametal pushes manufacturing into the future with IoT and Microsoft cloud solutions
As part of Kennametal’s multiple-year modernisation strategy, the company migrated IT resources to Azure and invested heavily in factory upgrades. In certain areas of production, the first upgraded factory has improved machine setup times by almost 50 per cent, increased press availability by 50 per cent and yielded the most productive month ever in terms of pieces per day through certain departments.
Maersk modernised their dev practices and containerised with AKS
Maersk needed to streamline IT operations and optimise the value of its IT resources. The company adopted Azure, migrated key workloads to the cloud and modernised its open-source software, which included the adoption of Kubernetes on Azure.
Transform the healthcare journey
Drive better health outcomes, improve security, scale faster and enhance data interoperability with Azure products and services – including hybrid cloud, mixed reality, AI and IoT.
Providence eases hospital overcrowding by modernising their data platform with Azure
One of the largest health systems in the US, Providence moved its on-premises data to a modern cloud-based data platform to enable continued innovation. This helped the company reduce overcrowding across casualty departments in real time and improve patient satisfaction.
Adaptive builds their new immune medicine platform on Azure
Adaptive turned to Azure for high-scale cloud computing and machine learning to run its immune medicine platform. Migrating to Azure allowed the company to process massive datasets at a faster speed, allowing it to run multiple tests in parallel and output lab results at a fraction of the time.
Darnista boosts productivity and lowers infrastructure costs by migrating to Azure
Pharmaceutical company, Darnista, was looking for flexibility, sustainability, reliability and cost efficiency. Darnista was able to boost productivity and lower costs of storage by 60 per cent and cost of ownership by 50 per cent by migrating its on-premises SAP system to Azure.
Premera migrates to the cloud to deliver premium customer service, reducing costs
Premera’s cloud migration is not just a timely and rewarding business decision. It’s an easy path to the computing model that best suits the organisation, which prioritises security, performance and proactiveness. As Premera reduces infrastructure costs and matures its engineering discipline and offerings, it also boosts customer service.
American Cancer Society remains resilient, battles cancer through a digital-first strategy
The American Cancer Society transitioned 100 on-site apps to the Azure cloud platform, which allowed staff access to the tools they needed from anywhere. They also jettisoned the need (and cost) of the maintenance, hardware upgrades and security of the nearly 1,000 virtual machines in the on-site data centre.
Reimagine the customer journey
See how retailers keep their supply chains agile and take advantage of new opportunities with predictive AI, machine learning and analytics. And find out how they’re reimagining retail using mixed reality solutions, IoT, hybrid cloud and computer vision.
Albertsons enhances omnichannel experiences with more personalised customer marketing
When Albertsons decided to migrate its entire data centre to Azure, it called on long-time collaborator Microsoft to help deliver a flexible omnichannel platform to support growth and innovation. The first step was to lay the foundational technology infrastructure needed to pave the way for a successful digital transformation across the entire business.
Walgreens Boots Alliance puts customers first in its digital transformation journey
Walgreens Boots Alliance is on a digital transformation journey that seeks to modernise IT operations and the workplace. The first step involves moving IT resources to the cloud, and WBA chose Azure as its platform. With Azure, WBA is positioned for omnichannel innovation that delivers everything customers are looking for.
Pandora automates operations and boosts sales using Azure
To curb hardware costs, the retailer moved to the cloud – starting a full digital transformation journey with Azure data services. Thanks to stock and ordering automation, the company has seen a two-per cent direct increase in sales.
Build the future of government
Deliver services to citizens, anywhere and at any time by modernising your legacy infrastructure and scaling up and down as needed. And meet government cloud security and compliance standards while managing costs.
The Washington Health Benefits Exchange built a highly secure and compliant environment to protect citizens’ data
Government agencies are highly regulated and demand the most current security and compliance measures to keep constituent data confidential. As these agencies evolve to keep up with technology, they must consider how best to update legacy systems and maintain security. The Washington Health Benefits Exchange turned to Azure Government to help build a highly secure, compliant environment to protect citizens’ data.
DC Water cut costs, streamlined processes and improved customer support with Azure and Microsoft PowerApps
Spurred by the pandemic, DC Water continued to migrate most of its applications and workforce systems to the cloud as the agency adjusted to working remotely while fulfilling utility customer requests. The agency now runs nearly 100 per cent of its apps and IT systems in the cloud, minimising the need for paper tracking, in-person interaction and multiple inflexible technology systems.
Lillestrøm adopts digital solution to remotely monitor hydro utilities
To provide a sustainable environment for its 87,500 citizens, the Norwegian municipality of Lillestrøm implemented a digital smart city solution built on Azure to remotely monitor its hydro utilities – and to anchor a broad sustainability effort that supports people and wildlife alike.
Italian municipality uses Azure to help safeguard public data
To deliver services effectively to more than one million people, Comune di Catania manages public data and helps safeguard against security threats with a hybrid cloud solution that combines Azure with the municipality’s on-premises Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure –while complying with European data-handling regulations.
Find your solution on Azure
No matter what industry you’re in or how large or small your business is, Azure will help you at every stage of your cloud journey with expert guidance, tools and support.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences relies on Azure to innovate
To streamline its IT development and better serve its membership, the Academy migrated its infrastructure to the cloud. Using Microsoft development tools on the Azure cloud platform, the Academy now delivers a rich, responsive online experience to its members across a range of devices.
Icertis automates scaling, reduces costs by 70% and meets customer demand
Difficult-to-predict daily spikes in customer workload demand made it complex, expensive and time-consuming for Icertis to scale its database estate using a custom-built solution. By migrating to Azure, Icertis can now rely on automatic, near-instant rescaling of database compute resources to accommodate its customers’ changing and often unpredictable workload patterns.
Campbell’s modernised its SAP environments and migrated to SAP HANA on Azure
To improve reliability, availability, flexibility and scalability in its core SAP environments, Campbell’s modernised its SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC), Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM) and Process Orchestration (SAP PO) workloads and migrated them to Azure Virtual Machines certified for SAP.
Albertsons embraces digital transformation with help from Azure
When online orders increased 240 per cent during the global pandemic, time was of the essence for Albertsons to migrate and modernise its e-commerce platform. Working with Microsoft, Albertsons quickly met its customers’ needs – in the safest manner possible – with new shopping options such as Drive-up and Go, Curbside Pickup and Home Delivery.
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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.
You can modernise your .NET or Java apps by using Azure App Service or Azure Spring Cloud, and modernise your databases by using Azure managed databases such as 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 auto-scaling.
Also, you can also containerise your .NET and Java apps and run them in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) without needing to make any code changes.
Typical application and data modernisation projects include:
- Modernise on-premises .NET apps by using App Service and SQL Managed Instance
- Modernise on-premises .NET apps by using App Service and SQL Database
- Modernise Linux web apps by using App Service and Azure Database for MySQL
- Modernise on-premises .NET apps by containerising them with AKS
- Modernise on-premises Java apps by containerising them with AKS
You can extend Azure management and services to hybrid, multicloud and edge environments using Azure Arc. Azure Arc simplifies governance and management by delivering a consistent multicloud 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.
3 Calculations based on scenarios running 744 hours/month for 12 months at 3-year Reserved Capacity. Prices as of 24 October 2018, subject to change. Savings based on eight vCore Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Business Critical in US West 2 running at Azure Hybrid Benefit rate. AWS calculations based on RDS for SQL EE for db.r4.2xlarge on US West (Oregon) in a multi AZ deployment for Reserved Instances under Standard 3-year term, all upfront payments. Actual regional pricing and programme discounts may apply. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size and performance tier. Savings exclude Software Assurance costs, which may vary based on Volume Licensing agreement. See https://azure.microsoft.com/pricing/reserved-vm-instances/
5 Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact™ study: Microsoft Azure IaaS, commissioned by Microsoft, August 2019