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White papers on the cloud and Azure


Deepen your understanding of cloud computing with these resources for business leaders and technical professionals.

Developer Velocity: How Software Excellence Fuels Business Performance

Read this McKinsey report to see how businesses that empower their developers and create a working environment that fosters innovation are achieving the greatest returns on their software investments.

Azure Proof of Concept Guide for Developers

Prove whether a concept works—before your organization invests in it. Learn how to create an effective proof of concept for building apps in Azure, from designing a plan to measuring test results.

Start Your Move to the Cloud: Five Pilot Project Ideas

Streamline the cloud migration process and solidify your migration strategy by starting small. Get examples of common cloud migration projects to use as a pilot, from exiting a datacenter to enabling remote work.

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Microsoft Azure Compliance Offerings

Azure compliance offerings are based on various types of assurances, including formal certifications, attestations, validations, authorizations, and assessments produced by independent third-party auditing firms, as well as contractual amendments, self-assessments, and customer guidance documents produced by Microsoft.  Each offering description in this document provides an up to date scope statement indicating which Azure customer-facing services are in scope for the assessment, as well as links to downloadable resources to assist customers with their own compliance obligations. Azure compliance offerings are grouped into four segments: globally applicable, US government, industry specific, and region/country specific. 

Last Updated: 03/09/2023

Microsoft programmable RAN platform with dynamic service models

Learn how an enhanced RAN telemetry, analytics and AI can unleash the potential of programmable networks addressing operational efficiency and performance. 

Building cost-efficient cloud-native 5G SA Networks: A TCO Comparison

Learn how the Azure Operator Nexus hybrid cloud platform lowers total cost of ownership (TCO) for telecom operators  

Future of Mobile Networks and Cloud Computing

The ability of operators and hyperscalers to partner will largely be governed by the simplicity, security, and resilience of the mobile-to-cloud experience and is thus deeply important to both the operator and the cloud provider.

Digital Transformation and the Art of the Possible

A Frost & Sullivan survey of more than 800 IT decision-makers found improving operational efficiencies, growing revenue, and increasing innovation to be top priorities. Read the white paper, Digital Transformation and the Art of the Possible, to learn how real organizations:

  • Achieved business priorities and remained competitive by adopting a cloud-first approach. 
  • Freed IT staff to focus on innovation and creative solutions that positively impact their bottom lines by outsourcing ERP infrastructure.
  • Simplified operations, deepened customer relationships, and empowered staff to focus on building their brands using RISE with SAP on Azure.

Microsoft named a Leader in Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services by Gartner®


See why Microsoft was named a Magic Quadrant Leader in Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services by Gartner for the ninth consecutive year. Download the report to learn more about the latest cloud service offerings and why Microsoft placed furthest on the Completeness of Vision axis for the first time this year.

Innovate anywhere with Azure: Microsoft Azure Arc brings cloud benefits to your on-premises, multicloud, and edge workloads

Learn why hybrid, multi-cloud, and edge strategy is critical to the long-term success of your business and IT teams. Manage your infrastructure more efficiently, reduce costs, and achieve global scalability—while meeting local and industry regulations—with a secure and seamless hybrid cloud on Azure. 

Read this white paper to get an overview of a hybrid strategy with Azure Arc to seamlessly secure, manage and govern your growing digital estate.

Explore specific opportunities for implementing hybrid cloud infrastructure in your organization, including how to:

  • Manage Kubernetes apps anywhere at scale. 
  • Secure your distributed infrastructure and apps
  • Gather insights from your data to make smarter decisions
  • Address regulatory and connectivity challenges

Azure Zero Trust Controls: Platform Threat Vector

This document describes how to protect data in an Azure tenant from risk sourced from the cloud service  provider.  

Moving Mainframe Operations to Azure


Many corporations and public agencies are increasing the planning and movement of their mainframe to the cloud.  Mainframe Operations serves as the heartbeat in command and control of the organization’s computing power. 

The movement of Mainframe Operations to Azure, whether in whole or in part requires a holistic view of the Legacy Mainframe Operations pillars. 

We will focus on some key components within the wide-ranging Microsoft Azure Cloud that can be enabled to build a world class Azure Native Cloud Enterprise Operations.

The planning considerations on moving Legacy Mainframe Operations are massive and varied.  This guide will provide pertinent thought domains for your respective environment on Azure.

IDC white paper: The Business Value of Microsoft Azure for SQL Server and Windows Server Workloads

Learn about eight global enterprises from diverse industries that realized significant financial and efficiency benefits by migrating their SQL Server and Windows Server workloads to Azure. This IDC white paper—commissioned by Microsoft—details how companies: 

· Achieved USD15.85 million in total annual benefits by optimizing costs and operational efficiencies while increasing business opportunities. 

· Increased net revenue by USD9.84 million and enhanced user experiences with greater scalability, performance, timeliness, and innovation. 

· Increased IT security efficiency by 43 percent with cloud tools and automation.