As you know, here at Westcoast our primary driving force is making life a little easier for our resellers and their clients. Consequently, when a new piece of software specifically created to streamline and simplify the onboarding of a popular – and in some cases, essential – platform comes along, we like to shout about it. When that software is available at no extra cost, we dust off our virtual loudhailer. For Microsoft Azure Migrate, we’re thinking about breaking out our cybernetic marching band!
Since its release in 2010, Azure has become one of the go-to could platforms for the building, managing, testing and deploying of online apps and services. Once adopted, it provides a comprehensive suite of tools, DevOps and marketplace support, working across a range of operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, databases, and devices. It has proven immensely popular, and we recommend it to a wide range of clients for its flexibility and control. However, the one snag lies in that telling phrase: once it has been adopted.
As with practically any other platform or programme, prospective users face a variety of issues, from readiness and rightsizing to anticipating costs. Azure Migrate has been created to counter those problems. So, what exactly does it do?
Providing ‘appliance-based, agentless discovery of your on-premises environments’, Azure Migrate allows for a pre-planned, seamless migration of your applications, helping you to ascertain whether the machines you currently use to host your multi-tier applications are compatible with Azure, how much space Azure will take up based upon your current/planned configuration and use, and how much your usage is likely to cost you on an on-going basis – even factoring in potential available discounts, such as those offered by Azure Hybrid Benefit. Additionally, you can use Azure Migrate to discover VMware-virtualized Windows and Linux VMs as of now, while the use of Hyper-V environments will be onboarded at some point in the near future.
Adopting new systems is often fraught with complications, but Azure Migrate has not only been beta tested to the nth degree, but actively operated by an army of preview users, whose feedback has already allowed for a number of additional add-on features. Configuration-based sizing, confidence rating for assessments and dependency visualisation have all been made available. It will even enable you to assess further potential markets for your product or service.
What’s more, Azure Migrate is offered free, as part of the Azure package – and you should never knock a freebie.
In tech, there is always something new coming along and it’s impossible – not to mention unwise – to get excited about every new development. However, there are some things that deserve a bit of a fanfare, simply because of their ability to make life easier. Azure Migrate is one of those products, so this is us: spreading the word, waving our flags, tooting our horns and generally letting you know that we’ve seen the future of migration, and it’s Azure.
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