Cloud Migration using Microsoft Azure Migrate

Businesses today have paved their path towards digitalization. The main motive of this is being able to reach potential customers to enhance their on-premise experience better on the cloud. To be able to leverage business value with a minimum cost that can benefit each one involved in the game.

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Microsoft has been into Cloud for over a decade now. Since its inception, it has made enormous changes in the field of cloud computing alone. To migrate from one machine to the other, Cloud Migration has been simplified with Microsoft Azure.

The Cloud Migration helps stay connected ubiquitously. With the use of Microsoft Azure Migrate, one can keep a track of the robustness and ranking of Azure resources on-the-go. The Microsoft Azure Migrate pinpoints the technical issues and allows fixing them then and there. It assists us in keeping our assets in control and also take restorative actions instantly. One of the best features of Microsoft Azure Migrate includes accessing Cloud Shell from smartphones. To do this, you must use Cloud Shell to run Bash or Powershell commands. Additionally, with a single tap, all your subscribed resources can be bookmarked in your favourite lists.

Let us see the step-by-step method to migrate applications and workload over the cloud with Microsoft Azure Migrate:

Assess

The very first stage is to assess the entire environment from which you want to migrate into Azure. All the prerequisites such as the number of servers, its computing power, storage space of each server, the data churn rate, connectivity must be analyzed. This assessment makes it easier to know the overall computing power that would be required in Azure and hence its cost. It also allows knowing the replication time and bandwidth.

Migrate

Once the prerequisite is done, the next step is to migrate your applications and workload to Azure. To do this, it is important to build an Azure Site Recovery in Azure. Parallel to this, a Configuration Server needs to be built with accurate configurations on-premise. The process begins with building a Recovery Service Vault in Azure. Follow the instructions to set up the on-premise environment. An on-premise Management Server is then downloaded and imported into VMWare.

Optimize

Optimization helps monitor your costs and to ensure this, Azure services come super handy for improved automation. One needs to keep track of performance and meet the migration goals too. Post-migration, we also need to plan the forthcoming steps to reinvest and acquire new capabilities. Perhaps, this stage ought to be vital to keep an eye on ongoing operations in the cloud.

Secure & Manage

The obvious thing is to manage and secure all the applications and workload that has been migrated to the Azure. After the migration is done, one needs to ensure that the security measures are working as intended. It should be robust enough to help respond to anomalies. Backup, disaster recovery, encryption, and other protective measures must meet your business goals. With the use of tools like the Azure Traffic Manager, AppDynamics, or NewRelic, performance can be inspected.

Here’s a brief on containerization:

CONTAINERIZATION:

Shipping code from one machine to another machine is what is containerization all about. Containerization helps build the code, ship the code, deploy the code, and leverage the application with proficiency and independently. Containers help manage all your applications with ease and provides flexibility with the same.

Because the resources are directly used without the intervention of the dedicated operating system, containerization helps in the quick installation of the desired applications.

In case of an update from the containerization application, all you need to do is to update a single operating system unlike in virtualization. This saves a lot of time and reduces memory storage as well. Having said that, the memory requirement for the operating system is preoccupied hence the loading power gets reduced immensely. This in turn improves the overall performance. Also, hardware utilization is tremendously powerful in comparison with virtual machines.

As per the business requirements, choosing virtualization over containerization, or vice-versa is mostly dependent upon individual business needs and purpose.