Azure Migrations

There has never been a better time to migrate to Public Cloud and prepare for the growth of your business.

If you’re a business considering Cloud, you should be asking yourself two things: ‘why not Public Cloud?’ and ‘why not now?’

  • Pay as you Grow (CapEx to OpEx)
  • Simple Scalability
  • Reduced Management (Servers vs Service)

Retiring the need for a 3-5 year hardware refresh and replacing it with a pay-as-you-grow model, Cloud’s OpEx structure vastly simplifies the ongoing management of the server lifecycle.

Private Cloud vs Public Cloud

Deciding between Clouds has become the million-dollar question and ultimately depends on your business’ current resource capability, risk tolerance and key drivers.

Private Cloud

The definition of Private Cloud has evolved significantly over the years into a solution best defined as the alternative when Public Cloud doesn’t meet your needs. Private Cloud generally grants its tenants the ability to better customise their experience and offers a greater degree of control with access to the underlying infrastructure.

The use cases that are often best suited to Private Cloud may comprise of –

  • Specific latency demands; impacted by datacentre location
  • Government or industry regulation
  • Data sovereignty
  • Functionality; direct hardware access or shared infrastructure software limitation
  • Licensing; restrictive licensing practices for shared infrastructure

 

The primary challenges of Private Cloud are the ongoing costs and management requirement of the platform. To be able to deliver a customisable solution means that pre-packaged offerings, such as platform as a service (PaaS), aren’t available. This results in the need to build and manage the platform itself, adding to the lifetime cost of the solution and sacrificing the functionality and simplicity that is Public Cloud.

In addition, whilst Private Cloud can be a more cost-predictable option (often requiring a minimum commitment to a pre-agreed consumption level), it can be the less cost-efficient in the long-term due to the comparatively costly price tag associated with managing & replacing platforms and servers over time.

Public Cloud

Public Cloud not only takes away the burden of management by making it the Service Providers responsibility, it also brings with it a variety of tools and resources to get you up and running faster and easier.
Additionally, Public Cloud offers the flexibility to purchase the exact amount of infrastructure required; scaling up or scaling down as needed to deliver effortless cost-efficiency for the long term. The main perceived downside to Public Cloud is that as the infrastructure is owned & run by the provider and datacentres host a multitude of organisations, Public Cloud can be viewed as the less secure Cloud option. However, the reality is that Public Clouds have invested vast amounts of resources into making platforms stable, secure and accessible. Rectifying the initial misconception and delivering incredible levels of availability with a ground-up approach to security that few organisations can match outside the major Public Cloud players.

What is Public Cloud?

Public Cloud is fast becoming the preferred way forward for businesses due to its capacity, long term cost-efficiency and accessibility.

Public Cloud’s such as Azure, focus on simplifying the ongoing process of application development and management whilst offering various entry points based on your consumption and technological maturity. In short, Public Cloud is flexible enough to meet any demands.

This is achieved through the seamless integration of multiple Public Cloud components; SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (infrastructure as a service). These are then woven together by a common identity, network and security platform to provide a seamless and secure end-user experience.

On-Premises

Applications

Data

Runtime

Middleware

O/S

Virtualiszation

Servers

Storage

Networking

IaaS

Infrastructure as a Service

Applications

Data

Runtime

Middleware

O/S

Virtualization

Servers

Storage

Networking

PaaS

Platform as a Service

Applications

Data

Runtime

Middleware

O/S

Virtualization

Servers

Storage

Networking

SaaS

Software as a Service

Applications

Data

Runtime

Middleware

O/S

Virtualization

Servers

Storage

Networking

You Manage

Cloud Managed

Why Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest growing Clouds on the planet.

As a trillion-dollar company on the forefront of Cloud innovation, there are few (if any) other global companies as recognised or trusted as Microsoft for consistent innovation since the dawn of Information Technology itself.

Leading Security

With USD $1 billion+ invested in security alone and 3,500 security experts analysing 6.5 trillion threat signals daily, it comes as no surprise that Azure is the leading choice for 95% of Fortune 500 companies globally.

#1 in Compliance

Microsoft Azure offers the largest number of compliance offerings than any other provider. With 90+ certifications, Azure makes is easy to streamline Cloud compliance specific to country and industry.

Azure is Microsoft’s future

Migrating your environment into Microsoft Azure is a safe move to a sure thing. A Cloud with its multi-billion-dollar sight set on facilitating the needs of businesses worldwide for generations to come, you can trust your organisations needs have been considered for you, before you.

Our Approach to Azure Migrations

At Azured, we will always push our customers to adopt technologies that will address a core business need.

We approach this by utilising our own developed methodology, influenced by PRINCE2 and Microsoft best practice, which we call the “Five R’s”. We apply the “Five R’s” – replace, rebuild, retain, reduce and remove when determining the ideal outcome for a given workload within your environment.

As Azure is but one component of Microsoft’s multi-Cloud strategy, when combined with your IT strategy, the platform may not necessarily be the best home for all your workloads. For example, there may be a logical SaaS-based replacement technology or a vendor-provided Cloud offering that may serve as a replacement offering given your utilisation profile.

Our experts work to determine the very best technology to align with your business needs and together, with our focus on a solid core of network, identity and security, the 5 R’s save you money and deliver the future-ready solution that your business needs.

What makes for a successful migration?

Whilst there are many considerations which contribute to a successful migration into Azure, we find the below paramount as a foundation for success;

Defining and agreeing to the end state

Each migration process begins by working with you to clearly define your end state. This will typically include functional and performance requirements as well as any overarching business goals or objectives to clearly define what success looks like to you.

Expect the unexpected

With an agreed end state in mind, our combined project team perform a pre-mortem; a unique system involving the joint identification of all the possible causes of project failure. We apply a non-personal forensic effort to identify together the potential reasons why our upcoming project may fail- be it people, process or technology related.

Open avenues of communication

At Azured, we communicate frequently and openly and recommend our customers do the same to ensure easy and thorough information sharing. In turn, this enables our team to uphold precise, timely and cost-effective adherence to agreed project deadlines.