Ultimate Guide to WS on Azure

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18 What to do first: migrate or extend? Of course, just having a lot of VMs on Azure isn't worth much if you don't migrate applications on them. To ensure the success of your organization's adoption of Azure, consider the needs of your business and the requirements of your applications. You'll need to determine: • Which apps can you "lift and shift" directly to the cloud? • Which apps benefit from integrating with Azure services? • Which apps require a transformation or re-architecting? Based on the analysis of your operating systems and applications, you have a number of options: • Migrate the applications and data to the Azure platform. • Extend existing on-premises Windows Server environments to the cloud with new Azure services. • Modernize legacy applications for the cloud. Move applications into containers, re-architect applications using microservices architectures or rewrite using Azure PaaS services. If you're building a cloud plan, begin by getting an inventory of all on-premises workloads and then decide on a strategy. For guidance in defining your strategy, reference the Cloud Adoption Framework section of the Azure website. Azure Migration and Modernization Program Microsoft can help you save money and simplify your move to the cloud through the Azure Migration and Modernization Program. Bring your workloads to Azure with confidence, supported with best- practice guidance and direct access to Azure engineers, tools, and subsidized partner services. With the Azure Migration and Modernization Program, you can: • Pay less with cost-effective offers. • Gain new skills with technical courses. • Get free Azure migration tools. • Access self-guided digital support or get support for guided deployments. • Find specialized partners that fit your business needs. Get started by nominating yourself for the program.

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