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Find out how ready you are to start migrating the SMART way

From business planning to training to security and governance, find out what you need to do to prepare for your Microsoft Azure migration with SMART—the Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool.

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Prepare for tomorrow’s challenges today

Migrating to the cloud isn't just about improving scalability and security. It's also about improving your financial resilience by shifting from a traditional upfront expenditure to a more flexible pay-as-you-go model.

Hear Jeremy Winter, Director of Azure Management, share his top three recommendations to help accelerate your Azure cloud migration strategy and journey.

For detailed guidance on migration, check out these how-to videos and cloud migration resources.

Spend less money and time managing your datacenter

And, grow your business by spending more time on higher impact work.

Up to


Savings on Windows Server with Azure Hybrid Benefit and Reserved Instances1


Avoided on-premises infrastructure and staff costs2


Three-year return on investment2

Up to


More energy efficient than traditional enterprise datacenters3

Why migrate to Azure?

Migrate to the cloud securely and efficiently—on your own terms.

Optimize costs and migrate data with confidence

Save money with the most cost-effective offers for your Windows Server and SQL Server cloud migration. AWS is 5-times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. Become energy efficient and sustainable by moving on-premises datacenters to cloud.

Confidently migrate your data and workloads to Azure with best practices, expert guidance, and cost optimization tools.

Stay secure and resilient across hybrid environments

Protect workloads across your hybrid environments with intelligent security services backed by 3,500 cybersecurity professionals.

Use built-in resilience to avoid costly business interruptions and spend less time on complex disaster recovery plans for on-premises recovery with a mainframe migration.

Scale your applications and workloads on demand

Increase agility with best-in-class Azure infrastructure that scales to your business needs.

Reduce operational burden with fully managed application and database services in Azure.

Migrate any kind of mission-critical workload to Azure

Virtual desktops

Simplify virtual desktops management on Azure with Windows Virtual Desktop. Run multisession Windows 10, optimize Office 365 ProPlus, and get support for remote data service environments.

Web apps

Spend more time creating value for your customers and less time managing infrastructure with a web app migration to Azure. Quickly move your .NET and PHP web apps to Azure App Service.


Migrate SQL Server to Azure Virtual Machines or a fully managed option like Azure SQL Database. Move MySQL and PostgreSQL to fully managed Azure services. Get minimal downtime and built-in HA, monitoring, and security.

Mainframe and midrange migration

Modernize with ease and without abandoning the applications you rely on by running your midrange and mainframe applications on Azure.


Bring Azure intelligence, security, and reliability to SAP with a simplified migration path and learn about the unique partnership between SAP and Microsoft.

DevTest environments

Improve software quality and reduce costs by moving DevTest environments to Azure. Quickly deploy and manage hundreds of VMs for development and testing.

Explore guidance, programs, and tools to help you succeed on Azure

Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure

Plan and implement your migration to the cloud with best practices, documentation, and tools for cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision makers.

Azure Migration Program

Simplify your move to the cloud with best practice guidance and the right mix of expert help at every stage of your migration journey.

Microsoft Fastrack for Azure

Accelerate the deployment of your solutions on Azure with technical enablement help from Azure engineers and expert partners.

Azure Migrate

Find all of the Azure migration services, solutions, and tools you need to discover, assess, and migrate to the cloud in a single, central hub.

Frequently asked questions

  • There are a lot of cloud migration benefits, but most organizations are motivated by one or both of the following:

    • Simplify their infrastructure and data management, as well as improve costs, security, and scalability by moving existing on-premises apps to the cloud.
    • Drive better business outcomes by modernizing their digital estates with increased flexibility and cloud capabilities.
  • All workload migrations to the cloud—including databases—typically follow a six-step process. Factors such as the types of workloads, the complexity of the existing digital estate, and industry or governmental compliance requirements might require special planning and tools, but the six steps are almost always the same:

    1. Define strategy: Define your business justification and expected outcomes.
    2. Plan: Align actionable adoption plans to business outcomes.
    3. Ready: Prepare your environment for your planned cloud adoption changes.
    4. Adopt: Move your workloads to the cloud environment.
    5. Govern: Benchmark and implement governance best practices for your environment and workloads.
    6. Manage: Use proven methodologies to manage your cloud and hybrid solutions.

    Start moving your workloads with Azure Migrate

1 Calculations based on scenarios running 744 hours/month for 12 months at 3-year Reserved Capacity. Prices as of October 24, 2018, subject to change. Savings based on eight vCore Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Business Critical in US West 2 running at Azure Hybrid Benefit rate. 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. 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.

2 Forrester Consulting Total Economic ImpactTM Study: Microsoft Azure IaaS, commissioned by Microsoft, October 2019.

3 Source: The carbon benefits of cloud computing, A study on the Microsoft Cloud in partnership with WSP. Updated 2020.

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