Time-Saving Azure Migration Tools
Dec 3, 2018
Migrating to the cloud is a huge time investment for any organization. With this in mind, Microsoft has introduced Azure migration tools to speed your transition.
While there are many approaches available, let’s explore a few of the main ones.
Built-In Azure Migration Tools
As a starting point, let’s look at the built-in Azure tools that are designed to help you before, during, and after your migration.
Azure Migrate for Pre-Migration
Azure Migrate is a free tool designed to provide you with advice and guidance during your migration. It provides discovery of VMware-virtual Windows and Linux VMs. In the future, Microsoft plans to include Hyper-V environments within this functionality. Discovery is appliance-based and agentless, but there is an option for agent-based discovery for visualizing interdependencies between machines to identify multi-tier applications.
Ultimately, Azure Migrate enables migration planning for readiness, rightsizing, and cost.
Azure Site Recovery during Migration
Keep Azure VMs, on-premises VMs, and physical servers secure during your migration with Azure Site Recovery. This tool will organize and manage the disaster recovery of these environments. Azure can help lower costs in several ways here. Companies may opt to use Azure as a backup site during outages. Another option is to remove the datacenter costs entirely by migrating to Azure and establishing disaster recovery between Azure regions.
Azure Cost Management (Cloudyn) Support After Migration
Once you have migrated to the cloud, management of spending and costs becomes an on-going priority. Azure Cost Management empowers organizations to manage spending more effectively. This SaaS solution allows your company to organize and monitor spend not only across Azure, but across other clouds as well.
Time-Saving Tools from Azure Partners
As you dive into the migration process, you will find that there are hundreds of tools and service providers available to assist your organization. Microsoft helps you identify the best solutions with their network of Azure Expert Managed Services Providers (MSPs).
Microsoft’s Azure Partner page lists preferred Azure Expert MSPs and offers live chat agents to point you to the right partner.
On the partner page, you can explore the options available including tools for automation, analytics, cost prediction, workload replication, code analysis, migration planning, and more.
Here are just a few examples of the time-saving tools available.
- Cloudamize – Cloudamize is a platform designed to provide time-saving analytics and automation to ease your migration to Azure. It automates the process of discovering all applications and dependencies, choosing which applications to migrate, finding right-sized compute and storage options, designing your migration plan, and helping eliminate migration errors and disruptions.
- CloudPilot by CloudAtlas – CloudPilot is designed to speed up your migration to Azure through static code analysis. CloudPilot will check applications for security, governance, compliance, and best practices to ensure a more successful move to Azure.
- CloudEndure – CloudEndure helps organizations overcome the long and challenging process of migrating complex workloads to Azure. CloudEndure gives companies a fast, flexible and secure solution for replication through continuous, block-level replication, automated machine conversion, and application stack orchestration.
- CloudPhysics – Looking for a quick and reliable way to determine the cost and ROI of running on Azure? CloudPhysics is a tool to help you assess these important factors as you consider and plan your migration.
- Datometry Hyper-Q – This tool provides organizations with a faster, simpler way to run and manage their applications in cloud databases.
- Intigua – IT operations teams can use this automation framework to save time by automatically deploying, maintaining, and troubleshooting server tool agents.
- Ispirer – This Microsoft partner provides a range of tools and services to automate the database migration process for your organization.
- QuerySurge – If you are moving from an on-premises data warehouse installation, this tool helps you automate the task of validating data movement.
Again, this list just provides a few examples. There are many other options available. Be sure to visit the Azure partner page and browse the Azure Marketplace for full information on the available tools.
Azure Migration Center from Microsoft
Find all the tools and knowledge you need quickly in one place. Microsoft offers a comprehensive resource center for supporting your migration. The Azure Migration Center at www.azure.com/migration includes webinars, case studies, tools, partner and consultant recommendations and muc
h more to help with your migration. Microsoft even gives the option for direct assistance from Azure engineers through their FastTrack service. Whether you are just starting to think about Azure or are knee-deep in a migration, be sure to put the Azure Migration Center at the top of your bookmark list.
Self-Paced Azure Training on Your Schedule
Formal training can help save your team time and money by expediting the learning process. If your team cannot learn from a live instructor, Microsoft offers self-paced training options. These courses are available on-demand, 24/7. The best place to start developing a self-learning plan is at this Azure training page from Microsoft.
Fast-Paced Azure Bootcamp Training
IT teams with busy schedules and important projects often find it hard to squeeze in training, even self-paced training. In this environment, a bootcamp course can quickly and effectively give everyone the skills they need.
While all training providers deliver bootcamps differently, the best option is to focus only on the content that’s relevant to your team.
As a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (CPLS), Webucator offers Azure bootcamps as well as other training options.
When you schedule an Azure bootcamp with Webucator, we ask you to browse our Azure training outlines and select the course modules that your group needs. Generally, our instructors can cover 2-3 course modules in one 8-hour training day. If you need more content than time allows, we consider longer class days, shorter lunches, and trimming lab time.
As of November 2018, Microsoft has more than 50 days of instructor-led Official Curriculum content available for Azure. Working with a flexible training partner who will match your needs can save your team many days of training time.
Wrapping Up: Consider Your Azure Migration Timeline
While there are plenty of resources to accelerate the process, moving to Azure is a long-term process. Some organizations will move everything to the cloud all at once, while others migrate more slowly, one application or workload at a time.
Regardless of how you shape your timeline, we hope the tools and tips in this article help ease your migration.