Cloud computing has entirely transformed the way enterprises grow. Moving the databases to cloud help organizations to run and manage their applications at a global scale, while providing scalable and flexible environments. With most organizations worldwide having already adopted cloud over On-Premise data centers for their workloads, the service providers are continuously improving the agility and flexibility that the cloud promises.
To make the best use of cloud’s sophistication to align with your business objectives, it is time to reassess if investing in your current data center to maintain workloads is still your best option.
Microsoft is continuously investing in driving data center migration to Azure Cloud and has bought numerous updates and enhancements to give the business the flexibility it needs.
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Here are the top 6 reasons why you should migrate your data centre to Azure Cloud.
Comprehensive Coverage for Discovery and Assessment
Discovery and assessment should be the top priority while migrating to cloud. Azure Cloud focuses on these features and is built for scale. Be it VMware, Hyper-V, or other public cloud Virtual Machines (VMs), you can scale from tens to thousands of Virtual Machines at one go. There is also an easy option to understand your cloud migration suitability, cost planning and right-sizing with Azure’s SMART (Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool).
- Support for physical server discovery and discovery for VMs running in other public clouds
- Any data that is available in the CMDB (Configuration Management Database) export can now be directly imported into Azure Migrate
- Enhanced agentless dependency mapping by 10 times than before
Easy Server Migration
When it comes to server migration, you can migrate from any environment to Azure. You can also perform non-production testing before you decide to migrate your data center to cloud. This helps you migrate with confidence as you migrate, there is zero data loss and minimal downtime.
Scalability, Accessibility, Security and Speed
- Scalability – IT Platforms and Bandwidth should grow simultaneously as your business grows. By migrating your data center to Azure, you can build numerous applications across multiple servers, which means, the server capacity will never run out.
- Accessibility and speed – Microsoft Azure has its data centers in over 54 regions, more than any other service provider. This can speed up time for data transfer and accessibility.
- Security – With multiple storage options, Azure data centers are highly secure and keeps your data safe from disasters. There can be at least 3 copies of your data, that can be secured at multiple data centers.
The Microsoft Advantage
If you are operating in a Windows world, Microsoft owns the foundation of a hosted IT stack. This makes Microsoft use their control over their stack components to make Azure as the cloud of choice. Microsoft has also expanded its Azure Active Directory to Windows, which means you can use Azure’s (instead of having your Active Directory software), where all the administrative features of an in-house directory are available.
Additionally, if you are using Windows Server 2008 or SQL server in your environment, you should be aware that the support is ending, and no more security updates will be provided. This can leave you exposed to hackers and other cybersecurity threats. To overcome this, you have three options – to rebuild your servers, to pay for additional security enhancements, or migrate your data centers to Microsoft Azure where you will get additional three years of updates for free!
Azure Hybrid Benefit
It is a licensing benefit that reduces the costs of running your workloads in cloud. Azure Hybrid Benefit lets you to use your on-premises Software-Assurance enabled Windows Server and SQL server licenses on Azure.
Overcoming the Pain of Hardware Refresh Cycles
As your compute, storage, and networking equipment ages, they become less reliable and prone to component failures affecting the production environment. You may have had a handful of customers during your initial investment of the equipment. But now you have hundreds of customers and replacing the equipment does not only incur significant Capital Expenditures but increases the complexity of doing it in a non-disruptive way. By switching to Azure, you will no longer have to worry about the hardware refresh cycles. Microsoft takes responsibility of the hardware stack and any failures to fix.
As the acceptance of cloud is increasing, organizations globally are becoming more comfortable in moving to cloud. They are starting to realize that there are no more security concerns when opting for a public cloud unlike few years ago, where they preferred smaller, private deployments. The market demand is shifting towards a consumption based public cloud model, and a public cloud that is self-scalable like Azure that is always up-to-date, secure and fully certified will be among the best choices.