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Windows Server on Azure

Discover the trusted cloud for your Windows Server workloads

Migrate and modernise your Windows Server workloads on your terms

<p>Azure is the best destination for Windows Server. Whether you are migrating as is or modernising applications, Azure offers native support for SQL, .NET, Remote Desktop Services and other Windows Server workloads. Take advantage of more than 200 Azure services and unique capabilities such as Azure Automanage, Windows Admin Centre in Azure, Azure Arc–enabled servers and Azure App Service to boost efficiencies for Windows Server.</p>

Save significantly and increase efficiency when you run Windows Server on Azure

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Estimate the cost savings of migrating your Windows workloads to Azure

Use this calculator to compare the total cost of ownership (TCO) of running Windows Server on Azure versus on premises.

Migrate your Windows Server apps and workloads to Azure

Determine how prepared you are to migrate with the Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool.

Learn how to analyse your IT resources and plan for a smooth migration with the Azure Migration Guide for Windows Server.

Accelerate your migration to Azure with proven guidance, documentation, best practises, and tools from the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure and expert support from the Azure Migration and Modernisation Programme.

Find the right Windows Server migration tool—and tools for all your workloads—using Azure Migrate, a hub for migration tools and services.

Learn how to implement a quick, low-impact migration to Azure by reading The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server on Azure.

Discover how to deploy and manage Windows Server on Azure for improved scalability, security, and privacy in learning paths from Microsoft.

Learn how to optimise the efficiency and costs of your cloud-based architecture in a free online course.

Optimise the reliability, security, performance and cost of your Azure deployments with Azure Advisor.

Windows Server on Azure solution architectures

Explore various scenarios for running and managing Windows Server virtual machines and workloads in Azure

Run a Windows VM on Azure

Get best practises for running a Windows VM on Azure.

Manage configurations for Azure Arc–enabled servers

Manage servers across hybrid and multicloud environments with Azure Arc.

Manage hybrid Azure workloads using Windows Admin Centre

Design a hybrid Windows Admin Centre solution to manage workloads on premises and in Azure.

Windows N-tier application on Azure

Deploy virtual machines (VMs) and a virtual network configured for an N-tier application, using SQL Server on Windows for the data tier.

Hybrid file services

Use Azure File Sync and Azure Files to extend file services hosting capabilities across cloud and on-premises file share resources.

Identity architecture design

Protect data and resources with identity and access management (IAM) solutions.

See how customers are transforming their businesses with Windows Server on Azure

Optimising costs and unlocking value with Azure

"With cloud services, we are able to eliminate all points of failure. We have created process and equipment redundancy so if one server fails, then the other one will continue operating… the user doesn't even notice the change."

Hildebrand Almada, IT Infrastructure Co-ordinator, Banco Millennium Atlântico
Atlantico

Boosting reliability and security while cutting costs

"Before, it would take our application development teams six months to deliver new features. Now that teams are running Windows containers on Azure Kubernetes Service, they're able to deploy within the same day, which is a huge win."

Shelby Lewin, Senior Product Manager, Relativity
Relativity

Gaining flexibility and disaster recovery resiliency

"The cost savings for VMware licensing alone was a big benefit because that's included with Azure VMware Solution. Gaining that—while eliminating needs for [equipment and deployment services]—amounts to six figures of savings for the university."

Mari Lovo, Director of Cloud Infrastructure Services, University of Miami
University of Miami

Boosting speed and agility with a hybrid cloud strategy

"Azure gives Sanofi the ability to easily scale workloads up and down as needed in dynamic ways."

Sam Chenaur, Vice President and Global Head of Infrastructure, Sanofi
Sanofi

Enabling flexible and efficient operations

"In on-premises [virtual desktop infrastructure], first it takes about three months to purchase the equipment, and then it takes several months to install it, but Azure Virtual Desktop was able to be deployed really quickly."

Toshiya Yoshimura, Design Group 1, Digital Strategy Department, Ricoh
Ricoh

Frequently asked questions

  • You can migrate a range of guest operating systems to Azure. This includes all the supported Windows Server versions and VMs from VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments with Azure Site Recovery. VMs migrated from these on-premises virtualisation platforms run as native Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) VMs and are not dependent on the on-premises hypervisor.
  • We will meet you where you are, whether you decide to stay on-premises or adopt a hybrid model. In the meantime, check the end-of-support date for your version of Windows Server and keep Windows Server running with Extended Security Updates and ensure that you have upgraded to the latest version to take advantage of all the innovations.
  • Explore Azure Virtual Machines pricing and the pricing calculator to choose the VMs that best suit your needs.
  • Yes. Azure Hybrid Benefit lets you use your existing Windows Server licences with Software Assurance or Windows Server subscriptions for significant savings on Azure. Depending on your edition of Windows Server, you can convert or reuse your licences to run Windows Server VMs on Azure and pay a lower base compute rate. For each license, Azure will cover the cost of the OS for up to two VMs while you pay only the base compute VM costs.
  • Yes. There's no upfront cost, and you pay for only what you use. Azure provides flexible purchasing and pricing options, including Azure Hybrid Benefit and Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances, for all your cloud scenarios. Azure also offers a comprehensive set of tools to help you manage your cloud spend, including Microsoft Cost Management. Use the pricing calculator to determine your total cost of ownership (TCO), and learn more about Azure pricing.

Get started with an Azure free account

Try Windows Server on Azure and get 12 months of popular free services—plus a $200 credit to explore Azure for 30 days.

Get help from the Azure Migration and Modernisation Programme

Accelerate your cloud journey with a proven approach, expert help, and cost-effective offers.

Contact Azure sales

Get answers to questions about your specific scenario from an Azure sales specialist.

1The Business Value of Microsoft Azure for SQL Server and Windows Server Workloads, IDC white paper commissioned by Microsoft, doc #US49616022, September 2022

2Price-performance claims based on data from a study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by GigaOm in February 2020. The study compared price performance between SQL Server 2019 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2019 Datacentre edition in Azure E32as_v4 instance type with P30 Premium SSD Disks and the SQL Server 2019 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2019 Datacentre edition in AWS EC2 r5a.8xlarge instance type with General Purpose (gp2) volumes. Benchmark data is taken from a GigaOm Analytic Field Test derived from a recognised industry standard, TPC Benchmark™ E (TPC-E). The Field Test does not implement the full TPC-E benchmark and as such is not comparable to any published TPC-E benchmarks. Prices are based on publicly available US pricing in West US for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines and Northern California for AWS EC2 as of January 2020. The pricing incorporates three-year reservations for Azure and AWS compute pricing and Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server and License Mobility for SQL Server in AWS, excluding Software Assurance costs. Actual results and prices may vary based on configuration and region.

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