The higher energy cost and the resulting increase in the cost of doing business have led to a tighter economic outlook for most businesses around the world. This, in turn, is a major contributing factor to customers becoming more cost-conscious, leading to an increased need for optimization features in products and services. Azure Migrate’s comprehensive suite includes many features to optimize cost, while catering to your performance needs to meet service level agreements (SLAs). Agentless discovery and mapping of your entire on-premises IT estate, software inventory analysis for assessment and planning, and right-sized migration using a single portal to start, run, and track your projects, are a few cost-effective features that also contribute to ease of use. Once in Azure, the path towards greater optimization and cost savings continues through modernization to platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS).
Customer requirements and benefits
The customer must stay competitive, both on the technical and business fronts, to ensure continued success. Technical competency requires an agile and innovative IT platform with data analytics to provide insights that can help differentiate from the competition. It would be ideal if such an innovative platform were available at a competitive cost. Incidentally, modernizing existing IT infrastructure, applications, and data-to-PaaS/SaaS models in the cloud delivers on all these requirements, leading to a higher return on investment (ROI) for the customer.
The higher efficiency and lower cost due to the adoption of modern cloud-native architectures also lead to greater levels of flexibility and reduced vendor lock-in. Thus, setting the stage for the customer to realize greater value as they progress from IaaS to PaaS and onto SaaS models. Please download our analyst report for details on options and value due to application modernization in Azure.
Microsoft’s focus on cost optimization
During Microsoft Ignite, we are highlighting our continued commitment to cost optimization through support for SQL Server assessments, prior to migration and modernization using Azure Migrate. Customers can now perform unified, at-scale, agentless discovery and assessment of SQL Servers on Microsoft Hyper-V, bare-metal servers, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) of other public clouds, such as AWS EC2, in addition to VMware environments. The capability will allow customers to analyze existing configurations, performance, and feature compatibility to help with right-sizing and estimating cost. It will also check on readiness and blockers for migrating to Azure SQL Managed instance, SQL Server on Azure virtual machine, and Azure SQL Database. All this information can also be presented in a single coherent report for easy consumption while reducing cost for customers.
Please see our tech community blog for more details. The blog presents a step-by-step procedure to get started, followed by details on scaling and support. Post-assessment options and more details on related topics are covered as well.
Attend this Microsoft Ignite breakout session to learn more about how you can do more with less on Azure. For more details on other migration and modernization topics, including best-practice guidance and procedures for containers, networking and storage components, third-party tool integrations and hybrid management, please refer to the relevant blog topic in our migrate and modernize section.
Check out this FastTrack link for moving to Azure efficiently and get best practice guidance from the Azure migration and modernization center. The Azure migration and modernization program (AMMP) is now one comprehensive program for all migration and modernization needs of our customers. Learn more and join AMMP today.
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