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Azure cloud migration and modernization center

Get cloud migration tools and expert help to move, manage, and secure all your workloads, no matter the size of your business or industry.

Turn your vision into impact by moving to Azure

Migrate to the cloud. Save on cloud costs, increase efficiency, and accelerate growth by adopting a cloud operations–based model on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) technologies. Modernize to drive innovation with fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) offerings.

Assess your readiness to migrate to the cloud.

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Accelerate time to market with fully managed Azure services for PaaS, containers, low-code apps, and databases.

Speed up app delivery, boost developer productivity, and join more than 70 million developers working with GitHub and Visual Studio.

Find transformative solutions for any industry, including healthcare, financial services, retail, and manufacturing.

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Application services

Mitigate business disruptions with built-in high-availability and disaster recovery options.

Reduce your emissions footprint as you migrate and modernize with carbon-intelligent sustainability solutions.

Azure is optimized for SAP. Move your SAP applications with confidence, and get data analytics and visualization services that work with both SAP and non-SAP data.

Get unmatched price-performance for Windows Server and SQL Server, simplified Windows Server VM management, and SQL Server compatibility with an enterprise-grade SLA.

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Data services

Extend Azure innovation to on-premises environments and enable consistent app development and DevOps practices across hybrid environments.

Consistently manage and govern Linux, Windows, and SQL workloads across on-premises and multicloud environments.

Get comprehensive cloud security management and workload protection for all of your assets, anywhere.

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.

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Why migrate and modernize with Azure?

Transform your business with agility, resiliency, and cost optimization.


391 percent 3-year ROI by migrating and modernizing with Azure1

Save up to 85 percent compared to pay-as-you-go rates when migrating Windows and SQL Server licenses with Azure Hybrid Benefit2

Save up to 54 percent versus on-premises and up to 30 percent versus AWS by migrating ASP.NET apps to Azure3

The Microsoft cloud is up to 93 percent more energy efficient than traditional enterprise datacenters4

Introducing Azure Innovate and Azure Migrate and Modernize: Offerings that simplify your cloud migration journey

Tools and resources


Virtual desktops

Provide secure, remote access to desktops and applications—in just minutes—from virtually anywhere.

Azure Virtual Desktop


Easily move on-premises servers to Azure, and even extend your VMware environments to Azure.

Windows Server on Azure

Supported Linux on Azure distributions

Azure VMware Solution


Get minimal downtime, fully managed and self-managed options, built-in high availability, monitoring, and security by migrating your databases to Azure.

SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Database for MySQL

Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Azure SQL

Azure Database Migration Service

FAQ for migrating SQL Server workloads

Web apps

Spend more time innovating and less time managing infrastructure by modernizing your .NET, Java, and PHP web apps and databases.

Azure App Service

Azure Spring Apps

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Azure managed databases solution

App Migration toolkit to migrate ASP.NET web applications

Containerize and migrate .NET and Java apps to AKS

Mainframe and midrange

Migrate and modernize with ease and without abandoning the applications you rely on.

Mainframe and midrange migration solution


Bring intelligence, security, and reliability to SAP with a simplified migration path—thanks to the unique partnership between Microsoft and SAP.

SAP on Azure

Development testing (dev/test)

Improve software quality, reduce costs, and quickly deploy hundreds of VMs by moving dev/test to Azure.

Azure dev/test solutions

Azure dev/test pricing and special offers

Trusted by companies of all sizes

Aster Group achieved flexibility and agility migrating to Azure

"We've also seen a productivity gain in IT... that means better productivity, reduced carbon footprint and reduced overheads."

Mark Bonelle, Infrastructure Networking and Virtualization Lead, Aster Group

Campbell’s modernized its SAP environments on Azure

"Our SAP on Azure journey was completed with an on-time migration of SAP ECC, SCM, and PO to SAP HANA 2.0, with more than 100 virtual machines, over 15 systems, 15-plus TB, and five new technologies."

Prashant Srinivasan, Director, Enterprise Applications Platforms and Integration, Campbell Soup Company

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Fujitsu reduced costs and scales in minutes with Azure

"By migrating to Azure, we have more scalability, flexibility, and efficiency, along with reduced upgrade-related costs for our online presence, than when we kept it in on-premises datacenters."

Christian Walter, Head of Web and Collaboration, Fujitsu

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Memo migrated critical call center systems to Azure

"Scalability, security, availability—it was a no-brainer for me… I was blown away with what Azure offers. It also gives us a competitive advantage."

Michael De Decker, CEO, Memo

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O2 Czech Republic saves 30 percent TCO per workload

"When we decided which workloads to modernize and move to Azure, we had a requirement that we would save 30 percent of total cost of ownership over five years. That's true of everything we've moved to Azure so far."

Martin Kozisek, Transformation Manager, O2 Czech Republic

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Orbit Healthcare increased scalability with Azure

"Our confidence in our product increased multifold after we moved to Azure."

Krishna Velaga, CTO, Orbit Healthcare

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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.
  • 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.

    You can also containerize your .NET and Java apps and run them in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) without needing to make any code changes.

  • Extend Azure management and services to hybrid, multicloud and edge environments using Azure Arc. Azure Arc simplifies governance and management by delivering a consistent multi-cloud 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.


Explore self-guided or expert-guided support

Find guidance and support with the Azure Migrate and Modernize and Azure Innovate.

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