Move or extend on-premises VMware environments to Azure
Seamlessly move VMware-based workloads from your datacenter to Azure and integrate your VMware environment with Azure. Keep managing your existing environments with the same VMware tools you already know while you modernize your applications with Azure native services. Azure VMware Solution is a Microsoft service, verified by VMware, that runs on Azure infrastructure.
Get scale, automation, and fast provisioning for your VMware workloads on global Azure infrastructure
Keep using your existing VMware investments, skills, and tools, including VMware vSphere, vSAN, vCenter
Modernize your VMware workloads with native Azure management, security, and services
Take advantage of Azure as the best cloud for your Microsoft Windows and SQL Server workloads
Seamlessly integrate your VMware environment with Azure
Use your existing VMware investments with Azure
Deploy on dedicated cloud infrastructure in Azure
Microsoft workloads are best on Azure
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Reduce your IT costs
Save money with managed infrastructure and expand or shrink your environment on demand as your business needs change. Lower your costs with monthly consumption pricing by reusing your existing on-premises licenses for Windows Server and SQL Server on Azure with Azure Hybrid Benefit, and by purchasing your compute resources in advance with reservation pricing. Get three more years of security updates for your Windows and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads by taking advantage of extended security update offers.
Get started with an Azure free account
Start free. Get $200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 55+ other services that are always free.
After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.
After 12 months, you'll keep getting 55+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.
Trusted by companies of all sizes
"Our business critical workloads depend on cloud infrastructure that is 'always on' and Microsoft Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple will enable us to meet our disaster recovery and business continuity needs without having to change our existing VMware infrastructure. Microsoft and VMware are longtime partners of Dot Foods and we're excited at how this integration will help us save time and money as we work to modernize our application portfolio."
Eric Ellerman, Infrastructure Architect, Dot Foods, Inc.
Frequently asked questions about Azure VMware Solution
Yes, Azure VMware Solution is now generally available. Please visit Azure products available by region to learn more about availability in your region.
Azure VMware Solution is developed, operated, and supported by Microsoft, backed and cloud verified by VMware.
Start by Accessing Azure VMware Solution in the Azure Portal to stand up your AVS private cloud. You can also work with your Microsoft Account team or preferred channel partner.
Popular Azure VMware Solution scenarios include:
- Datacenter footprint reduction, consolidation, and retirement
Reduce your datacenter footprint with a one-time re-deployment of your VMware-based virtual machines. Lift and shift any vSphere-based workloads to Azure in a non-disruptive, automated, scalable, and highly available way without changing the underlying vSphere hypervisor.
- Datacenter expansion based on demand
Seamlessly and elastically expand or augment datacenter capacity—and adjust your costs—on demand for short periods of time.
- Disaster recovery and business continuity
Use a VMware stack deployed in Azure as a primary or secondary on-demand disaster recovery site for on-premises datacenter infrastructure.
- Application modernization
Tap into the Azure ecosystem to modernize your applications without having to rebuild your VMware-based environments.
Azure VMware Solution is a first party Azure service, we encourage you to work directly with your Microsoft support team. The solution is fully supported and verified by VMware, Microsoft will work with VMware as needed to address any issues.
Use the same VMware tools that you use today to manage your VMware on-premises environments, including vCenter, vSphere Client, vRealize Operations, NSX Manager, Power CLI, and API calls. You can also use VMware HCX technology to support migration efforts.
With the new Azure VMware Solution Microsoft and VMware have a direct cloud provider partnership, and the new solution is entirely designed, built and supported by Microsoft, endorsed by VMware. Architecturally the solutions are consistent, with the VMware technology stack running on Azure dedicated infrastructure.
There is no change to the existing Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple. We continue to support the solution on Azure. Azure VMware Solution is backed by our service level agreement SLAs. Customers should continue to use the service for production workloads, this is a generally available solution governed by Microsoft’s service terms.
Yes, Azure VMware Solution supports migration using familiar VMware tools such as HCX. For customers interested in migrating to the new solution at general availability, please work with your Microsoft account team to explore options and support available.