Azure Migration and Modernization Scenarios


Cloud Migration has become a business priority. It is no longer a question of “if” or” when,” the question today has become “how?” Organizations are digitally transforming themselves to drive business value and enhance customer experiences.

Companies are moving workloads to the cloud for cost savings and to take advantage of cloud innovations. Many are creating new applications in the cloud.

Microsoft developed Azure Migrate to help remove cost and complexity from the migration process for common customers scenarios. Azure Migrate also offers a suite of tools and support through Azure Migration Services to ensure a smooth transition while minimizing disruptions and maximizing efficiency.

Here are the common migration and modernization scenarios:

1. Cloud Migrate Windows and SQL Server

Migrating to Windows Server and SQL Server on Azure provides customers with the most cost-effective, frictionless way to move to the cloud.

Use Cases:

Pay less, get more Modernize and scale with flexibility Update and protect applications
by running any part of your business in the cloud — on your terms and timeline
by migrating server apps to Azure and bridging existing infrastructure at your own pace
with unmatched security and business continuity to protect from threats
Spend less time managing servers - that are running locally and more time adding business value.
Access enterprise-grade server infrastructure - without having to run your own on-premises servers and storage by running Windows Server and Azure Virtual Machines.
Guard against threats - using built-in security features across on-premises and cloud deployments.
Respond quickly to changes - with the ability to add capacity during peak seasons and reduce it when you need less.
Migrate business critical apps - with surprising ease when you're ready and at your own pace, by migrating one, a few, or all your apps at once.
Stay up and running - with full backup and recovery to the cloud.
Pay only for what you use - for short or seasonal cloud needs or pay a predictable rate for always-on critical services.
Get unlimited innovation - by building new apps on Azure to better serve your customers — such as web apps with chat bats.
Make app access easy - With secure single sign-on, employees can safely access their apps and devices from anywhere.
Manage cloud costs - with Azure tools that easily track utilization and follow cost savings recommendations.
Simplify management of Windows Server anywhere - by using Windows Admin Center to manage Windows Server in Azure and on your own servers.
Protect apps running Windows and SQL Server - by upgrading to the latest version in Azure or stay protected with 3 more years of extended security updates.

2. Modernize to Azure Virtual Desktop

Enable secure remote work for a hybrid workplace.


3. Drive DevOps adoption with GitHub and Visual Studio

Deliver fast, efficient product innovation by using Microsoft Azure DevOps with GitHub and Microsoft Visual Studio—unifying the people, processes, and products that will enable continuous delivery of value to your end users. Using the principles of DevSecOps—the evolution of DevOps, overcome the challenge of speed vs. control in a competitive market while leaning into security. Unlock the full potential of your development pipeline by embracing cloud migration, which allows you to leverage the advantages of Microsoft Azure migration services.

Microsoft Azure is the cloud with developer services built in.
GitHub is building on this foundation to become Microsoft’s core DevOps Platform.
Visual Studio is a developer environment used for software development to edit, debug, and build code.

Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code are used by tens of millions of developers every month

Leverage Microsoft DevOps with GitHub to deliver fast, efficient innovation

Product innovation

Delivery Speed

Flexibility & control


4. Modernize .NET and Java apps with PaaS, low code, and managed databases

Microsoft App Service allows customers to use popular frameworks like .NET, Java, Ruby, PHP, or Python to quickly build, deploy, and scale web apps meeting rigorous, enterprise-grade performance, security, and compliance requirements and giving customers a fully managed platform for their operational and monitoring tasks. Azure SQL DB provides managed, scalable, intelligent SQL in the cloud to support the delivery of powerful, seamless performance.

.NET on Azure

Drive high-end customer experiences with lightning-fast innovation, elastic scalability, and greater performance by modernizing .NET apps with Microsoft App Service and Azure SQL DB.

Continuous innovation and elastic scalability

Migration efficiency and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO)

Enterprise-grade security

Java on Azure

Modernize or build new applications with tools and frameworks of your choice.

Wherever you are in Java—from Java EE/Jakarta EE to Spring and microservices—Azure supports your workloads and processes with an abundance of choice. Unload infrastructure hardware and software management to Azure with Azure App Service, Azure Spring Cloud, Azure Kubernetes Service, and fully managed databases so you can focus on writing code. Quickly add services and capabilities like performance monitoring, secrets management, and AI as your needs expand.

Differentiated value proposition and core capabilities:

Market context and customer benefits - Realize value by choosing Azure for your Java modernization.

We have seen a significant shift in how customers approach their application modernization initiatives:

5. Win Hybrid with Arc and Stack HCI

Azure Arc

Microsoft Azure Arc offers simplified management, faster app development, and consistent Azure services. Easily organize, govern, and secure Windows, Linux, SQL Server, and Kubernetes clusters across data centers, the edge, and multi cloud environments right from Azure. Architect, design, and build cloud-native apps anywhere without sacrificing central visibility and control. Get Azure innovation and cloud migration benefits by deploying unified Azure data, applications, and machine learning services on any infrastructure.

Today, companies struggle to control and govern increasingly complex environments that extend across data centers, multiple clouds, and edges. Each environment and cloud possesses its own set of management tools, and new DevOps and ITOps operational models can be hard to implement across resources.

Connect with us to explore how Azure Arc, combined with cloud migration, simplifies governance and management by delivering a consistent multi-cloud and on-premises management platform.

Azure Arc provides a centralized, unified way to:

Azure Stack HCI

Azure Stack HCI is a hyper-converged infrastructure host platform integrated with Azure. Run Windows and Linux virtual machines on-premises with existing IT skills and familiar tools. Delivered as an Azure subscription service, Azure Stack HCI is always up-to-date and can be installed on your choice of server hardware.

Why Azure Stack HCI?

There are many reasons customers choose Azure Stack HCI, including:

6. Migrate Linux and OSS DBs

Microsoft Azure supports most common Linux distributions and offers fully managed community databases with the best TCO in the industry. Give your customers choices and help them manage workloads securely and conveniently while enabling integrated access to the full suite of capabilities that Azure has to offer.

Linux is the fastest-growing platform on Azure

Azure supports running Linux applications and workloads in the cloud with virtual Linux infrastructure and Linux-based service platforms. As part of your modernization strategy, consider incorporating cloud migration to Azure. This enables organizations to seamlessly transition their Linux-based applications and workloads to the cloud, leveraging Azure migration services.

With Linux infrastructure as a service (IaaS), you can deploy Linux applications to Azure virtual machines that run the Linux flavor of your choice. Choose from among thousands of ready-to-run images across multiple Linux distributions, many with preloaded software packages, or create and deploy your own custom images. Specify and provision your virtual machines and virtual network infrastructure with Azure Resource Manager, and scale and load-balance workloads across hundreds of identical VM instances with scale sets. Add value to your Linux-based applications with Azure services. Migrate on-premises workloads directly to Azure VMs with Azure Migrate.

Alternatively, you can use Linux-based service platforms (PaaS) like Azure App Service and Azure Kubernetes Service, which provide Linux compatibility. Azure PaaS can simplify the management and maintenance of your Linux-based applications without sacrificing the flexibility and control that a Linux foundation provides.

Opensource offerings from Azure

Regardless of your choice, Azure provides many services, features, and tools you can integrate with your applications. These Azure migration services can help you reduce your maintenance burden, accelerate development, and improve your visibility into your workloads.

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