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Run your Windows Server workloads on Azure

Add cloud capabilities that help you innovate quickly and efficiently using your current skills and familiar IT and development tools.

Get three years of free security updates

Extended support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on 14 January 2020. Manage your end-of-support transition with Azure and receive three more years of security updates at no additional charge.

Bring your licence to the cloud and save

Use existing on-premises Windows Server licences with Software Assurance to save up to 80 percent* compared to pay-as-you-go pricing when you combine with cost savings from Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances.

* Does not include Software Assurance cost. Sample annual cost comparison of two D2V3 Windows Server VMs. Savings based two D2V3 VMs in US West 2 Region running 744 hours/month for 12 months; Base compute rate at SUSE Linux Enterprise rate for US West 2. Azure pricing as of 24th April 2018. Price subject to change. The 80% of saving is based on the combined cost of Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server and 3-year Azure Reserved Instance. Actual savings may vary based on location, instance type or usage.

Pay less with Azure

AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. Why run them anywhere else?

Extend your on-premises datacenter or migrate Windows Server workloads

Use Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to quickly set up powerful and flexible Windows Server compute, storage and networking in the cloud. Extend your on-premises datacenter to Azure for hybrid scenarios with Active Directory, backup, disaster recovery and cloud storage. Run SQL Server, SharePoint or any app on Windows Server virtual machines (VMs) in Azure.

Build intelligent apps on the cloud, using familiar development tools

Improve computing density and gain agility by moving your existing .NET applications into containers and transferring them to the cloud. Most of the time, you will not have to change your code. Find the Microsoft tools you already use, such as PowerShell, Visual Studio, Active Directory, virtual machines, containers and open source services—all in one place. Once your apps are on Azure, discover new development possibilities through innovative cloud capabilities, including insights, analytics and machine learning.

Stay compliant with built-in, multi-layer security features

Get powerful security—from your operating system to the cloud. Combine the built-in security features of Windows Server 2016 with Azure, where you will find the most compliance solutions of any public cloud. If you are currently running Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, get three more years of security support to keep your workloads secure and upgrade when you are ready. Get monitoring and threat-protection on-premises and in the cloud with Azure Security Center.

Join customers doing great things with Windows Server on Azure

Accelerate your Windows Server migration with experienced partners

  • Movere
  • Turbonomic
  • Cloudamize
  • Zerto
  • Dimension Data

Run your workloads on Azure and experiment with new capabilities