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Azure is the only hybrid cloud to help you with cost-effective, flexible cloud migration paths. Get all the tools and resources you need to migrate your apps, data and infrastructure at your own pace, with confidence.

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Capstone Mining

One of our big objectives was to eliminate $3 million in capital costs over about three years, and to reduce our operating costs by approximately the same amount. At the same time, we wanted to improve our quality of service. With Azure, we're confident that we'll meet those goals.

Jim Slattery, Chief Financial Officer

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Flexible cloud migration solutions with hybrid support

Only Azure gives you a flexible cloud migration path with consistency across your on-premises and cloud assets. Whether your business requires a hybrid state long term or only during the migration period, Azure can support your migration. For example, Azure Security Center and Azure Active Directory can help you manage your security and identity assets across your on-premises and Azure environments. Similarly, Azure SQL Database Managed Instance enables you to seamlessly lift and shift SQL Server databases to Azure without code changes, providing database-level compatibility with the efficiencies of a fully managed database service.

Smithfield Foods

Azure is a great hybrid cloud enabler. We can move some applications to the cloud and leave others running at Smithfield facilities while providing consistent authentication wherever applications run.

Matthew Douglas, Director of Cloud and Solutions Architecture

Save before, during and after migration

Use free assessment, migration and cost management tools as you migrate to Azure. Also pay less with Azure. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server.* Learn more about the cost savings.


We don't want to be in the datacenter business; we're in the thread business. We plan to move 90 percent of our global datacenter infrastructure into Azure, and we're at about 75 percent now. The only things we'll leave on-site are a few domain controllers and file/print servers.

Richard Cammish, Chief Information Officer

*Calculations based on scenarios running 744 hours/month for 12 months at 3-year Reserved Instances or Reserved Capacity. Prices as of 10/24/2018, subject to change. Azure Windows VM calculations based on two D2V3 Azure VMs in US West 2 region at the SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate. AWS calculations based on two m5.Large VMs in US West (Oregon) using Windows Server pay-as-you-go rate for Reserved Instances under Standard 3-year term, all upfront payment. SQL Server calculations based on 8 vCore Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Business Critical in US West 2. 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 payment. Extended Security Updates cost used for AWS is based on Windows Server Standard open NL ERP pricing in USD. Actual regional pricing and program 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.

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