Azure migration center

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.

Start your cloud migration journey

Join thousands of customers who are migrating to Azure using a proven methodology, Microsoft and partner tools, and a large ecosystem of partners to help during the move.

  • Involve stakeholders
  • Calculate your TCO
  • Discover and evaluate apps
  • Select a migration strategy
  • Apply the migration strategy
  • Find recommended tools
  • Analyze your costs
  • Save with offers
  • Reinvest to do more
Secure and manage
  • Security
  • Data protection
  • Monitoring

Three reasons to migrate your 2008 server applications to Azure now

Migrate your Windows Server and SQL Server applications to Azure.


Embrace the tools in Azure to modernize your applications. Focus on business innovation with fully managed services like Azure SQL Database, Azure App Service, and Azure IaaS.

Cost savings

Reduce your infrastructure costs with free extended security updates, the Azure Hybrid Benefit, and optimized infrastructure. Save up to $750,000 when you move one hundred 2008 servers to Azure from your on-premises datacenter. It would cost five times more to run Windows Server in AWS.

Security and compliance

Strengthen your security posture and help meet compliance requirements with the most compliance certifications of any cloud provider. Counter sophisticated cyberthreats with our secure cloud foundation. Get free security updates for three years after end of support.

Flexible and cost-effective cloud migration

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.

Total cost of ownership example

Move apps to Azure with proven migration strategies.

Flexible migration with hybrid support

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. Learn about hybrid cloud.

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

High-confidence migrations

Migrate confidently and at lower risk with Azure tools that help you plan and migrate. Get expert cloud migration guidance from Azure partners. Learn about migration support options.


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

Migrate and modernize with cloud migration strategies

Use a range of cloud migration and modernization strategies to meet your business needs—from rehosting your app with minimal code changes to building new apps in the cloud. Learn how to select the right strategy.

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The Allscripts prescription for agility: Lift and shift to the cloud


Migrating to Azure to differentiate and grow

J.B. Hunt

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