Azure migration workshop
Microsoft Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are reaching end of support in January 2020, and Microsoft are recommending customers move from their unsupported servers to their Cloud solution, Azure. As its often more resilient, scalable and cost effective over the long term than on-premise counterparts.
The infrastructure you choose is vital for your line of business applications such as finance systems and ERP solutions, and as Cloud solutions become more accessible – it’s worth a consideration. Plus, as we move to a Cloud centric world, where you can get ‘anything as a service’, its beneficial to have a strong platform that can flex with your future technology innovations.
However, if you think the move might be complicated due to time, your current IT environment or your internal resource availability then why not register for our Azure migration workshop?
As a Gold Microsoft partner for Cloud platform and Cloud productivity, our consultants are happy to bounce ideas around with you to ensure we develop a plan that ensures a smooth transition to the Cloud.
Our consultants will work with your team to understand your business objectives and provide advice and input into achieving a successful migration to Azure Cloud services.
The output of the workshop will provide guidance on the migration process and potential final state architecture.
We can tailor the agenda to suit you, but the areas we typically cover are:
- Your current IT environment in the context of a Cloud migration
- Methodologies for consolidating and/or transforming those current on-premise services to be optimized for Cloud delivery
- Migration methods and priorities
- Availability and performance requirements
- Your office or ours.
- 3-4 hours.
- We’ll write-up a report compiling our discussion and will provide some recommended actions and considerations, which we’ll run through with you either face to face or via a phone call.
- Complete our registration form and a consultant will ring you back to understand your business needs and propose an agenda.
Legacy migration expertise
Dual 24/7 UK-based operations centres
Cloud design and management experts
Strong pedigree ( 250+ clients, 200+ employees)
Through Acora we found a partner who could not only design and build our cloud platform in Azure, but also provide ongoing support of our environment. We now have a fully scalable, modern IT platform which enables us to focus on achieving further international expansion.
Frank Recruitment Group
We had no hesitation in extending our partnership with Acora for a further five years, trusting them to modernise our IT platform by leveraging Microsoft Azure and at the same time ensure the day to day running of our IT operation on a European wide basis.
Alpha Trains Group
What is Microsoft Azure?
According to Microsoft, “Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money.”
Why choose Microsoft Azure cloud?
Azure can be an extremely attractive service for any size business.
Microsoft Azure is the leading cloud solution of choice globally for 90% of Fortune 500 companies. Using deeply-integrated Azure cloud services, enterprises can rapidly build, deploy, and manage simple to complex applications with ease. Azure supports a wide range of programming languages, frameworks, operating systems, databases, and devices, allowing enterprises to leverage tools and technologies they trust. Finally, it is the most compliant and trusted public cloud platform in the world.
Other common reasons include:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities
- Security and compliance at its core
- Enhanced scalability
- Integrates well with Microsoft products and services – Outlook, Office 365 etc
- Analytics and Intelligence capabilities
- Identity & Access Management (IAM)
Microsoft Azure or AWS?
AWS is the provider most commonly chosen for strategic adoption; AWS is the most mature, enterprise-ready provider, with the strongest track record of customer success and the most useful partner ecosystem. However its extensive portfolio of services requires expertise to implement and may challenge even highly agile, expert IT organizations.
Azure has more comprehensive compliance coverage with more than 70 compliance offerings, and that it was the first major cloud provider to contractually commit to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To protect your organisation, Azure embeds security, privacy and compliance into its development methodology, and has been recognised as the most trusted cloud for US government institutions.
Azure has 50 global regions, more than any other cloud provider – offering the scale needed to bring apps closer to users around the world, preserving data residency and offering comprehensive compliance and resiliency options for customers.
Where are Microsoft Azure data centers?
Microsoft groups its Azure data center locations into regions. It is beginning to introduce availability zones (multiple data centers within a region). There are multiple Azure regions in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Australia, India, Japan and Korea, as well as regions in Ireland, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Brazil. Azure has more global regions than any other cloud provider – offering the scale needed to bring apps closer to users around the world, preserving data residency and offering comprehensive compliance and resiliency options for customers.
Here’s a map of the various Azure regions
How do I install Microsoft Azure?
There are many guides and resources available from Microsoft to guide you through the process. A word of caution though. If you are considering doing this in house, consider the technical capabilities of your team and the resource and time that you will need to commit to the project. Gartner recommends that customers shouldn’t underestimate the expertise required to properly implement Azure in a performant, reliable and secure fashion. Gartner clients with larger-scale implementations have reported significant challenges with Azure adoption; smaller customers may experience the same challenges, but with less severe impact. Garner goes on to recommend that customers should use an MSP to execute a more successful implementation.
Download the full Gartner report here.
Explore the cost savings and benefits enabled by Azure IaaS