Azure migration and modernization center
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Future-proof your business by moving to Azure
The global pandemic demonstrated that to face unexpected challenges, organizations need to be agile and resilient.
By moving to Azure, you'll be able to innovate in new ways by adopting a cloud operations based model on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) technologies. Additionally, you’ll be able to take advantage of further opportunities for innovation by modernizing with fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) offerings.
For detailed guidance on Azure migration, check out these how-to videos.
Migrate and modernize all of your mission-critical workloads to Azure
Access your desktop and applications from virtually anywhere. Modernize to Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) in minutes to enable secure remote work.
Migrate SQL Server to Azure Virtual Machines or a fully managed option like Azure SQL Database. Migrate and modernize 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 SAP and Microsoft's unique partnership.
Development testing (dev/test)
Improve software quality and reduce costs by moving dev/test to Azure. Quickly deploy and manage hundreds of VMs for development and testing.
Migrate terabytes to petabytes of file and object data to Azure with ease to support lift-and-shift and modernization efforts.
The cloud migration and modernization continuum
Cloud migration and modernization is a continuous process with opportunities for innovation and flexibility at every stage. Many organizations begin with an IaaS migration of their workloads to take advantage of cloud benefits right away, while others begin with PaaS offerings to increase agility and developer productivity. No matter which approach you begin with, you’ll be able to start innovating in new ways right away, and you can always adopt new IaaS or PaaS capabilities anytime.
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.
Discover why cloud modernization is key to long-term cloud success
Migrating workloads is a great first step. Find out why application modernization boosts your return on investment and security, accelerates speed to market, and opens up new opportunities for innovation.
Spend less money and time managing your datacenter
And grow your business by spending more time focusing on higher impact work.
AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server1
versus on-premises and up to 30% versus AWS by migrating ASP.NET apps to Azure2
On Windows Server with Azure Hybrid Benefit and Reserved Instances3
More energy efficient than traditional enterprise datacenters4
Why migrate and modernize with Azure?
Gain agility and resiliency to quickly take advantage of new opportunities and thrive in the face of new challenges by migrating to the cloud.
Enterprise-grade infrastructure for less
- Better manage your cash flow and respond faster to business changes by adopting a cloud operational expenses (OPEX) model. Learn more about cloud economics and optimizing Azure costs.
- Only on Azure: Get extended security updates for 3 more years at no additional charge on Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 R2.
- Mitigate business disruptions for maximum resilience with built-in high-availability and disaster recovery options.
- According to Forrester Consulting, a composite organization can avoid $10M in on-premises infrastructure and staff costs, and experience a 478% 3-year return on investment by moving to Azure5.
Innovate faster with a fully managed platform
- Achieve built-in scalability, high availability, enterprise-grade SLA, and cost optimization by modernizing .NET, PHP, and Java websites and apps to fully managed PaaS services like Azure App Service and Azure Spring Cloud.
- Accelerate app development cycles, simplify deployment, and quickly scale by containerizing your existing apps with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Containerize your .NET and Java applications with Azure Migrate.
- Modernize your .NET, Java, and Linux-based app back ends with fully managed Azure SQL, Azure Database for MySQL, and Azure Database for PostgreSQL.
Protect your valuable assets with trusted cloud security
- Help safeguard your business assets with a team of more than 3,500 global security experts and over $1 billion in Azure cybersecurity investments.
- Confidently meet your regulatory requirements with the broadest set of cloud compliance certifications.
- Help secure your organization from threats with Azure Sentinel, a cloud-native SIEM that provides intelligent, AI-informed security analytics.
Move on your terms with hybrid flexibility
- Consistently manage, secure, and govern your Linux, Windows, and SQL workloads that you’re not ready to move yet or are sequenced to move later by using Azure Arc.
- Enable consistent app development practices and enhanced velocity in hybrid environments by deploying and running your apps on Azure and/or on-premises with Arc-enabled Kubernetes.
- Enjoy hybrid flexibility as you move your assets: Reuse your existing Windows Server and SQL Server licenses on the cloud with the Azure Hybrid Benefit. And now apply the benefit to your Red Hat and SUSE Linux, too.
Reinvent financial services
Create intelligent banking experiences, modernize trading, and personalize insurance software with Azure infrastructure, services, and compliance offerings.
City National Bank embraces PaaS to accelerate innovation for evolving client needs
City National wanted to migrate its on-premises application to the cloud to offer its demanding customer base more features and services. Migrating to Azure increased adoption of City National’s new web-based app by 50 percent. The bank’s development team now has more time to focus on innovation and delivering a feature-rich customer experience.
AIA Singapore drives performance enhancements and cost savings by moving to Azure
With unpredictable spikes in traffic and underutilized on-premises servers on its interactive point of sale (iPoS) system, AIA Singapore wanted cloud efficiencies and a more modern platform. Migrating to Azure gave the company a more cost-effective way to deliver innovation to its customers and transform and further enhance all of its platforms.
TD Bank innovates and personalizes customer experiences with the cloud
TD Bank wanted to improve the customer experience for its 13 million digitally active customers. TD increased scalability, agility, and flexibility by moving to the cloud, enabling the company to process massive data sets in real time to gain customer insights and design better customer experiences.
Swiss Re cuts insurance processing from days to minutes by moving underwriting to the cloud
To prepare for the future and boost innovation, Swiss Re moved its underwriting solution to the cloud, allowing the company to take advantage of modern risk assessment, deep analytics, and intelligent automation. In Azure, Swiss Re found security, availability, reliability, and cutting edge cloud-native services. With the cloud, the company can also make and deploy changes to client software in real time.
Clearent meets customer promises of trust, confidence, and speed with Azure
Clearent wanted to improve the speed and costs of its payment processing platform, which handles more than 500 million payment transactions a year. By moving to Azure, Clearent was able to reduce infrastructure costs, streamline operations, and gain the agility to meet sudden spikes in demand.
Embrace the promise of the fourth industrial revolution
Improve agility, reduce costs, and increase resilience in your supply chain by migrating to Azure—and enable complex, intelligent industrial operations at a global scale.
Metinvest lays foundation for long-term growth by moving to Azure
Metinvest comprises more than 30 manufacturing enterprises, selling products to more than 100 countries. The migration and re-platforming of its IT infrastructure, along with moving a significant volume of data to the cloud, took less than a year and generated projected savings of USD3 million over the next 10 years.
Coats stays agile and responsive during COVID-19 conditions with Azure
Coats chose Azure to gain flexibility and agility to not only optimize existing processes, but also to accommodate unexpected changes in operations like those triggered by COVID-19. Coats maintained business continuity and even expanded some of its operations to help produce much-needed personal protective equipment.
Kennametal pushes manufacturing into the future with IoT and Microsoft cloud solutions
As part of Kennametal’s multiple-year modernization strategy, the company migrated IT resources to Azure and invested heavily in factory upgrades. In certain areas of production, the first upgraded factory has improved machine setup times by almost 50 percent, increased press availability by 50 percent, and yielded the most productive month ever in terms of pieces per day through certain departments.
Maersk modernized their dev practices and containerized with AKS
Maersk needed to streamline IT operations and optimize the value of its IT resources. The company adopted Azure, migrated key workloads to the cloud, and modernized its open-source software, which included the adoption of Kubernetes on Azure.
Transform the healthcare journey
Drive better health outcomes, improve security, scale faster, and enhance data interoperability with Azure products and services—including hybrid cloud, mixed reality, AI, and IoT.
Providence eases hospital overcrowding by modernizing their data platform with Azure
One of the largest health systems in the US, Providence moved its on-premises data to a modern cloud-based data platform to enable continued innovation. This helped the company reduce overcrowding across emergency departments in real time and improve patient satisfaction.
Adaptive builds their new immune medicine platform on Azure
Adaptive turned to Azure for high-scale cloud computing and machine learning to run its immune medicine platform. Migrating to Azure allowed the company to process massive datasets at a faster speed, allowing it to run multiple tests in parallel and output lab results at a fraction of the time.
Darnista boosts productivity and lowers infrastructure costs by migrating to Azure
Pharmaceutical company Darnista was looking for flexibility, sustainability, reliability, and cost efficiency. Darnista was able to boost productivity and lower costs of storage by 60 percent and cost of ownership by 50 percent by migrating its on-premises SAP system to Azure.
Premera migrates to the cloud to deliver premium customer service, reduce costs
Premera's cloud migration is not just a timely and rewarding business decision. It’s an easy path to the computing model that best suits the organization, which prioritizes security, performance, and proactiveness. As Premera reduces infrastructure costs and matures its engineering discipline and offerings, it also boosts customer service.
American Cancer Society remains resilient, battles cancer through a digital-first strategy
The American Cancer Society transitioned 100 onsite apps to the Azure cloud platform, which allowed staff access to the tools they needed from anywhere. They also jettisoned the need (and cost) of the maintenance, hardware upgrades, and security of the nearly 1,000 virtual machines in the onsite datacenter.
Reimagine the customer journey
See how retailers keep their supply chains agile and take advantage of new opportunities with predictive AI, machine learning, and analytics. And find out how they’re reimagining retail using mixed reality solutions, IoT, hybrid cloud, and computer vision.
Albertsons enhances omnichannel experiences with more personalized customer marketing
When Albertsons decided to migrate its entire datacenter to Azure, it called on long-time collaborator Microsoft to help deliver a flexible omnichannel platform to support growth and innovation. The first step was to lay the foundational technology infrastructure needed to pave the way for a successful digital transformation across the entire business.
Walgreens Boots Alliance puts customers first in its digital transformation journey
Walgreens Boots Alliance is on a digital transformation journey that seeks to modernize IT operations and the workplace. The first step involves moving IT resources to the cloud, and WBA chose Azure as its platform. With Azure, WBA is positioned for omnichannel innovation that delivers everything customers are looking for.
Pandora automates operations and boosts sales using Azure
To curb hardware costs, the retailer moved to the cloud—starting a full digital transformation journey with Azure data services. Thanks to stock and ordering automation, the company has seen a 2 percent direct increase in sales.
Build the future of government
Deliver services to citizens, anywhere and at any time by modernizing your legacy infrastructure and scaling up and down as needed. And meet government cloud security and compliance standards while managing costs.
The Washington Health Benefits Exchange built a highly secure and compliant environment to protect citizens' data
Government agencies are highly regulated and demand the most current security and compliance measures to keep constituent data confidential. As these agencies evolve to keep up with technology, they must consider how best to update legacy systems and maintain security. The Washington Health Benefits Exchange turned to Azure Government to help build a highly secure, compliant environment to protect citizens’ data.
DC Water cut costs, streamlined processes, and improved customer support with Azure and Microsoft PowerApps
Spurred by the pandemic, DC Water continued to migrate most of its applications and workforce systems to the cloud as the agency adjusted to working remotely while fulfilling utility customer requests. The agency now runs nearly 100 percent of its apps and IT systems in the cloud, minimizing the need for paper tracking, in-person interaction, and multiple inflexible technology systems.
Lillestrøm adopts digital solution to remotely monitor hydro utilities
To provide a sustainable environment for its 87,500 citizens, the Norwegian municipality of Lillestrøm implemented a digital smart city solution built on Azure to remotely monitor its hydro utilities—and to anchor a broad sustainability effort that supports people and wildlife alike.
Italian municipality uses Azure to help safeguard public data
To deliver services effectively to more than 1 million people, Comune di Catania manages public data and helps safeguard against security threats with a hybrid cloud solution that combines Azure with the municipality’s on-premises Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure—while complying with European data-handling regulations.
Find your solution on Azure
No matter what industry you're in or how large or small your business is, Azure will help you at every stage of your cloud journey with expert guidance, tools, and support.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences relies on Azure to innovate
To streamline its IT development and better serve its membership, the Academy migrated its infrastructure to the cloud. Using Microsoft development tools on the Azure cloud platform, the Academy now delivers a rich, responsive online experience to its members across a range of devices.
Icertis automates scaling, reduces costs by 70%, and meets customer demand
Difficult-to-predict daily spikes in customer workload demand made it complex, expensive, and time-consuming for Icertis to scale its database estate using a custom-built solution. By migrating to Azure, Icertis can now rely on automatic, near-instant rescaling of database compute resources to accommodate its customers’ changing and often unpredictable workload patterns.
Campbell’s modernized its SAP environments and migrated to SAP HANA on Azure
To improve reliability, availability, flexibility, and scalability in its core SAP environments, Campbell’s modernized its SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC), Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM), and Process Orchestration (SAP PO) workloads and migrated them to Azure Virtual Machines certified for SAP.
Albertsons embraces digital transformation with help from Azure
When online orders increased 240 percent during the global pandemic, time was of the essence for Albertsons to migrate and modernize its e-commerce platform. Working with Microsoft, Albertsons quickly met its customers' needs—in the safest manner possible—with new shopping options like Drive-up and Go, Curbside Pickup, and Home Delivery.
Explore guidance, programs, and tools to help you succeed on Azure
Plan and implement your migration to the cloud with best practices, documentation, and tools for cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision makers.
Let's move forward together with confidence. Get the right mix of resources and expert help at every stage of your cloud journey.
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Frequently asked questions
There are a lot of benefits with application and data modernization, but most organizations are motivated by one or both of the following:
- Spend more time innovating and less time maintaining legacy infrastructure by using cloud-native technologies.
- Build applications that are resilient, highly scalable, independently deployable, and able to evolve quickly by using microservices architecture.
All workload cloud migrations—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:
- Define strategy: Define your business justification and expected outcomes.
- Plan: Align actionable adoption plans to business outcomes.
- Ready: Prepare your environment for your cloud migration strategy.
- Adopt: Move your workloads to the cloud environment.
- Govern: Benchmark and implement governance best practices for your environment and workloads.
- Manage: Use proven methodologies to manage your cloud and hybrid solutions.
You can modernize your .NET or Java apps by using Azure App Service or Azure Spring Cloud, and modernize your databases by using Azure managed databases like Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instances. Modernization enables you to take advantage of Azure platform as a service (PaaS) capabilities such as built-in security, patching, high availability, and autoscaling.
Also, you can also containerize your .NET and Java apps and run them in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) without needing to make any code changes.
Typical application and data modernization projects include:
- Modernize on-premises .NET apps by using App Service and SQL Managed Instance
- Modernize on-premises .NET apps by using App Service and SQL Database
- Modernize Linux web apps by using App Service and Azure Database for MySQL
- Modernize on-premises .NET apps by containerizing them with AKS
- Modernize on-premises Java apps by containerizing them with AKS
You can extend Azure management and services to hybrid, multicloud and edge environments using Azure Arc. Azure Arc simplifies governance and management by delivering a consistent multicloud and on-premises management platform, enabling you to manage your entire environment with a single pane of glass by projecting your existing resources into Azure Resource Manager. You can also manage virtual machines, Kubernetes clusters, and databases as if they’re running in Azure.
3 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. See https://azure.microsoft.com/pricing/reserved-vm-instances/
5 Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact™ Study: Microsoft Azure IaaS, commissioned by Microsoft, August 2019