Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure
Proven guidance to accelerate your cloud adoption journey
What is the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure?
The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure is proven guidance that’s designed to help you create and implement the business and technology strategies necessary for your organization to succeed in the cloud. It provides best practices, documentation, and tools that cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision makers need to successfully achieve their short- and long-term objectives.
By using the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure best practices, organizations can better align their business and technical strategies to ensure success.Explore the Framework
Realize your business objectives
Identify opportunities for your organization in the cloud and realize your objectives using cloud technology.
Prepare your organization for the cloud
Identify productive and sustainable ways to help your organization understand and embrace technology changes that will improve business outcomes.
Migrate to the cloud and optimize
Move your digital assets to the cloud and then optimize them—and your operational processes—for excellence with innovative cloud-based technologies.
The cloud adoption journey
There’s no single cloud adoption path that works for every organization, but the main implementation stages are similar for all organizations and industries: define your strategy, make a plan, ready your organization, and adopt the cloud.
There are many reasons and motivations for cloud adoption, and understanding them is key to developing an effective cloud adoption strategy.
Take inventory of your digital estate
Catalog all of your workloads, applications, data sources, virtual machines, and other IT assets and evaluate them to determine the best way to host them in the cloud.
Create a cloud adoption plan
Create your cloud adoption plan by prioritizing your workloads based on their business impact and technical complexity.
Define skills and support readiness
Create and implement a skills readiness plan to define support needs, address current gaps, and ensure that your business and IT employees are prepared for the changes and new technologies.
Every organization has unique reasons for adopting the cloud, but there are two main motivations:
The migration motivation focuses on moving existing on-premises applications to the cloud based on an incremental process which assumes that your organization will start with an initial, limited-scope cloud migration effort. This effort later expands to move more workloads as you learn from the initial experience and improve your migration processes.
This motivation is focused on modernizing a digital estate to drive business and product innovation. Modern approaches to infrastructure deployment, operations, and governance are rapidly bridging the gaps between development and operations.
Benchmark and improve your governance
Identify gaps in your organization’s transformation journey, benchmark and track your governance state over time, and get recommendations for solving gaps with the governance benchmark tool. Depending on your needs, specific recommendations may include:
- Relevant documentation for your use case.
- Skill building courses and learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
- Partner solutions.
- Customized guidance from Azure engineering through Microsoft FastTrack for Azure.
Share the analysis with your Microsoft account representative or a partner to learn more about governance solutions.
Establish governance practices
Implement a governance MVP (minimally viable product) to establish initial governance practices based on the cloud governance disciplines of cost management, security baseline, resource consistency, identity baseline, and deployment automation.
Identify business risks and define risk tolerances
Identify business risks and your risk tolerance, and mitigate those risks with governance and compliance policies. Execute recurring governance processes to monitor policy adherence.
With the methodology for management, all workloads are classified by criticality and business value, measured through an impact analysis, which calculates the lost value associated with performance degradation or business interruptions. Using that tangible revenue impact, cloud operations teams work with business team to establish well-managed cloud environments—with processes and tools to operate and manage resilient solutions.
Some of the key implementation include the following:
- Identify critical operations for business operations.
- Map operations to services.
- Analyze services dependencies.
- Create high-level views for service dashboards.
- Enable data collection.
- Identify operations baseline.
- Generate alerts.
- Measure service metrics and generate SLAs.
- Enable a resilient platform.
- Balance your resiliency investment for the right level of protection.
- Recover from failures with minimal downtime and minimum data loss.
- Evolve to a highly available platform.
Tools to help you get started
Discover relevant tools and personalized recommendations to help you explore cloud adoption, define your strategy, and remove your blockers.
Navigate quickly to relevant content in the Cloud Adoption Framework
Identify your cloud adoption needs with an assessment in this cloud journey tracker tool—and find recommendations for your unique cloud journey.Discover where you are in your cloud journey
Assess your migration readiness
Use the Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool to understand your organization’s preparedness to perform a migration project at scale.Get ready for migration
Define your governance baseline
Use this assessment to help you identify gaps in your organization’s current state of governance. Get a personalized benchmark report and curated guidance on how to get started.Set up the governance benchmark
Evaluate workloads against resiliency best practices
Mitigate concerns by evaluating workloads across the five pillars of resiliency, scalability, DevOps, security, and cost.Take the Azure Architecture Review
Documentation and resources
Build your employees’ cloud skills with learning paths.
FastTrack for Azure
Get help from Microsoft engineers.
Azure Migration Center
Start your cloud migration journey.
Azure Migration Program
Get help migrating your workloads to the cloud.
Explore the framework
Read documentation on the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure.
Azure Quickstart Center
Get step-by-step guidance on how to migrate applications and how to set up and manage your cloud environment.
FAQ about Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure
Although the cloud isn’t new, it creates new business management and technology opportunities. The Cloud Adoption Framework provides tools and guidance for implementing not only cloud technologies, but also business, people, and process changes, to adopt Azure with confidence and control. Because it’s based on best practices and successful customer and partner experiences, the framework is updated regularly.
The Cloud Adoption Framework is available worldwide.
Because cloud adoption is a companywide decision, IT administrators, cloud architects, and business decision makers at organizations of all sizes benefit from using the Cloud Adoption Framework.
There’s no single cloud adoption journey; every organization defines its own path. However, there are several common steps in those journeys, and the Cloud Adoption Framework covers them modularly so you can start wherever you are in your journey. Take the Cloud Journey Tracker assessment to identify your organization’s cloud adoption path, or find a partner to help you get started.
Assessments let you quickly identify the best approach to cloud adoption for your organization. They provide recommendations based on your needs and let anyone in your organization review them at their convenience. In addition to pinpointing your cloud adoption needs, our assessments help you define your governance benchmark and evaluate your workloads.