Ultimate Guide to WS on Azure

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19 What to do first: migrate or extend? Build your cloud plan I am ready to move these apps to Azure Commodity workloads SaaS: e.g. Office 365 Rewrite as cloud-native apps Azure PaaS Services Lift and modernize Containers and microservices Lift and shift Azure IaaS virtual machines I need to keep these apps on-premises New cloud-native apps Azure Stack Existing apps Upgrade to Windows Server 2022 Migrate and modernize To assure a successful migration, it's important to fully evaluate your current datacenter environment using a discovery process. Some of the questions you'll want to ask include: • Which applications can migrate to Azure and which should remain on-premises? • What about the services that the applications depend on? Can they be split across on-premises and the cloud? • What will the impact be on the network? • What databases do the applications depend on and where should they be located? • How will a migration to Azure impact budgeting and costs? To minimize the risk of migration, Microsoft provides several comprehensive tools for doing the initial discovery and assessment o f your environment, and prioritizing what workloads should migrate first. To make things even easier, Microsoft allows you to try Azure for free. You can set up your own "sandbox" to experiment with Azure free for 12 months. Deployment guides and technical whitepapers, based on hundreds of real-life migrations, will walk you through the process, so you can experience a successful first migration and build from that. Azure Storage Migration Service The Azure Storage Migration Service makes it easier to migrate storage to Windows Server or to Azure. If you have a server (or multiple servers) that you want to migrate to newer hardware or virtual machines, Storage Migration Service can help you: • Inventory multiple servers and their data. • Rapidly transfer files, file shares, and security configuration from the source servers. • Optionally take over the identity of the source servers so users and apps don't need to change to access existing data. • Manage one or multiple migrations from the Windows Admin Center user interface.

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