Microsoft announced the launch of new migration resources and tools to help customers who want to take the hybrid route for their cloud deployment. As more and more companies look at hybrid cloud as the path of least resistance to a cloud presence, Microsoft is slowly rolling out more services to address that growing need.

Microsoft now offers a free Cloud Migration Assessment, which provides Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) across cloud, on-premise and hybrid environments. According to Microsoft, the automated discovery tool will assess the client’s workload configuration and provide a detailed validation plan. Microsoft also offers planning and assessment tools for right-sizing, remodeling, and rearchitecting.

Microsoft’s Azure Hybrid Benefit aims to make it cost effective for clients who are already using Windows Servers.

“Now you can move your existing Windows Server licenses to Azure when you extend your datacenter to the cloud. With the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, you can use on-premises Windows Server licenses that include Software Assurance to run Windows Server virtual machines in Azure at the base compute rate.

Using your existing licenses, you can save up to 40 percent or more on Windows Server virtual machines in Azure, depending on usage, instance type, and location.”

Source: Microsoft

Azure Site Recovery is another tool the company has designed to help customers migrate virtual machines to Azure. Microsoft says that the tool will make it easy to move applications whether they are running on AWS, VMware, Hyper-V or on physical servers.

Microsoft’s tilt towards the hybrid model is understandable, considering the fact that the bulk of enterprises are going to be using it as a stepping stone to public cloud – for at least 10 big reasons that we outlined in an article earlier this week.

SEE: 10 Big Reasons Why Hybrid Cloud Adoption is Gaining Tremendous Momentum

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Source: Microsoft Azure Blog

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  1. The issue is that there’s no information nor details about the free Cloud migration assessment tool – wonder why MSFT announced such a vague offering without much info/details. Is Microsoft providing/paying for the licenses for anyone to use some 3rd party assessment tool they partnered with (…and which one?) – or did they create their own assessment tool?


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