Migrating to the cloud is a process that can incur high costs and risks but it is also one that comes with high-end advantages. In this post, we will discuss how Microsoft recommends shifting to its cloud platform, Azure. But we largely want to focus on why organizations are migrating to the cloud and why you should do the same.
Here are some of the common driving factors for organizations to move their applications and workloads to Microsoft’s cloud platform.
It Saves Operating Costs
- One of the biggest reasons why organizations of today are moving to the cloud is because of its immediate cost benefits.
When on the cloud, there is absolutely no need for hardware to be present on location and much of the support is offered by a Microsoft Azure partner such as Henson Group. Companies also no longer have to depend on in-house IT management since the Microsoft partners deal with that aspect as well.
Helps Bring New Features Quickly
- Cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure allows for the development and deployment cycles to become easier and more automated. In other words, it will help your business to bring new application features to the market faster and easier.
Utilization and Scalability
- When on-premise systems were introduced, they were introduced with an aim to give you peak loads. But most of the time businesses utilize less than 20% of their actual capacity, meaning that the hardware is going to waste and you are losing money on it.
On the cloud, you have the ability to consume the hardware resources you actually need at any given time instead of wasting the extra resources. You pay as you go on the cloud which again saves you a lot of money.
Cost Reduction for New Projects
- Microsoft Azure is modeled after the pay-as-you-go model which means that you as an organization no longer have to make an upfront investment in the hardware and license cost.
In fact, if you buy a license from a certified Microsoft Azure partner like Henson Group, you will get the licensing cost down to a bare minimum.
Modernization of Applications
- The cloud also helps you modernize the development and operations processes of any given application. This means that your company can become more agile and efficient in providing better value to your customers.
Microsoft Azure Migration Process
Microsoft recommends opting for a Four-Step process for migrating your applications and workload to their cloud platform. The stages are as follows.
- Assess. Talk about the migration with relevant stakeholders and see how your applications can benefit from the migration as a whole.
- Migrate. Choose a migration strategy from Rehost, Refactor, Rearchitect, or Rebuild. Identify and use any tools that can help smoothen the migration process.
- Optimize. Keep on monitoring the application when it begins running on the Cloud and see how you can further improve it.
- Secure and Manage. Make sure to look at day-to-day operations with a core focus on data protection and security.
For the most reliable and smooth Azure Migration process, choose a certified Microsoft Azure Partner such as Henson Group.
If your company is looking to migrate to Azure our migration practice helps customers migrate from on-premise VMware/Hyper-V, Colo such as Rackspace, or other clouds like AWS to Microsoft Azure Datacenter or Azure Stack Infrastructures.
This team also helps clients migrate existing workloads in Azure IaaS to Azure PaaS including SQL Server to Azure SQL Database, SQL SSIS to Data Factory, SQL SSRS/Tableau to PowerBI, Data Warehouses to Cosmos DB, Azure SQL Database Tables to Data Lake, and many others.