Migrating to Microsoft Azure
Starting your public Cloud journey
Migrating to the Cloud is still high on the IT departments list of priorities, as our customers and employees demand everything as a service, everything integrated and everything now.
Changing your IT platform to a Cloud based one is smart. It creates a scalable and flexible base on which to add innovative applications. However, not everyone is a Cloud expert and most IT leaders know that spinning up a Cloud environment in half a day is only feasible for the simplest of businesses.
Our team of IT architects are very experienced in designing and building an Azure Cloud environment, there’s no project too complicated for them. They will happily support you in designing and migrating your business to a full Cloud or hybrid model, depending on your requirements.
Workshops are generally a good place to start a Cloud migration journey. They provide an overview of the amount of work, time and cost required to move.
Azure migration workshop
Ours is designed using years of experience. We review your capability and readiness for a migration to Azure, in order to provide recommendations on the cost, resources and time needed to move to Azure with minimal downtime for the business.
The output of the workshop will provide tailored guidance on the migration process and final state architecture. Which your team can then implement and manage, assisted or otherwise.
What you get
One full day workshop on your site with your team and an experienced IT Architect. During which, we will review:
- your current IT environment in the context of a Cloud migration
- methodologies for consolidating and/or transforming the current on-premise services to be optimised for Cloud delivery
- migration methods and priorities
- availability and performance requirements
- potential requirements for on-premise caching and availability solutions
A write-up of the workshop output which will also include:
- estimated costs of the services discussed
- estimated resource requirements
- recommended next steps
Proof of conceptClients who complete our workshop are also offered £2,000 worth of Azure credits against the cost of the workshop, so that they can spin up a proof of concept Azure environment. Enabling IT teams to get a good look inside the Azure platform and management capabilities within.
- 1 Day onsite – Workshop with your team
- 1 Day offsite – Report writing
- ½ Day onsite – Presentation of results
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
Cloud design and management experts
Legacy migration expertise
Dual 24/7 UK-based operations centres
Strong pedigree ( 250+ clients, 200+ employees)
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.
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Get in touch
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