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Cloud migration checklist

Simple steps to start your migration today

This checklist walks you through the steps to plan, assess, and begin your cloud migration, and offers resources to help you move to the cloud with Microsoft Azure.

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This checklist walks you through the steps to plan, assess, and begin your cloud migration, and offers resources to help you move to the cloud with Microsoft Azure.

  • Identify and involve stakeholders

    Reach out to key people throughout your organisation, including both IT and business stakeholders. Early engagement and support will lead to a smoother, faster migration process.

  • Create a strategic plan

    Establish objectives and priorities for cloud migration. Plan around major business events and identify quick wins, like moving applications with just a few dependencies to expedite your migration.

  • Calculate total cost of ownership

    Create a personalised business case for migration by using the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator to plan for costs and estimate your potential savings.

  • Discover and assess on-premises applications

    Before migrating, inventory all on-premises servers and assess dependencies. With Azure Migrate you have an inventory mechanism to help you as you move into subsequent steps. During migration, use Azure Migrate to better understand VMs and app dependencies of your migration.

  • Get support for your implementation

    Many organisations opt for outside help to support their cloud migration. To move to Azure quickly and confidently with personalised assistance, consider an Azure Expert Managed Service Provider or FastTrack for Azure.

  • Build your team’s skills

    A solid training foundation is important for successful organisational change. Check out the free training available on Microsoft Learn including courses on Azure fundamentals, solution architecture and security. Encourage your team to explore Azure certification as well.

  • Know your migration options

    There are several different migration strategies including rehosting, refactoring and rearchitecting. To start, try rehosting, often referred to as “lift-and-shift” migration. This approach lets you migrate applications as they are, without the risk or expense of code changes.

  • Pilot your migration with a few workloads

    Prove success in your migration journey by assessing and migrating low complexity workloads as a pilot.

  • Migrate your remaining workloads to Azure

    With a successful pilot, you will be ready to migrate at scale with Azure Migrate. Use learnings and tools from the pilot to complete your workload migration to Azure.

  • Decommission existing on-premises infrastructure

    After a successful migration and verification, determine the decommissioning process for your on-premises systems. The goal is to reduce your IT overhead and time spent managing outdated infrastructure.

  • Optimise, secure and manage your migrated workloads

    After migration, continue to optimise usage and savings. Azure empowers you to keep improving with Azure Cost Management and Azure Security Center. Learn more about security and management best practices.

Make the move to Microsoft Azure

Migrating to Azure gives you the freedom to build, manage and deploy applications on a massive global network—all while using your organisation’s favorite tools and frameworks.


Focus on business innovation with fully managed Azure services and tools to modernise your applications.

Cost savings

AWS is 5x more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. Learn how the savings add up with Azure Hybrid Benefit and Extended Security Updates.*

Security and compliance

Strengthen your security posture with the most compliance certifications of any cloud provider.

Get started

The Azure Migration Center has the tools and resources you need to begin migrating.

Contact an Azure specialist

Discuss your cloud migration project and get the most out of Azure.

*Prices are as of 24th October, 2018 and subject to change. 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. Contact your sales representative for more information.