A cloud migration starts with careful planning and a phased approach to execution. Although the ease of entry to the cloud makes it tempting to rush in without a solid plan, an inadequate cloud architecture almost always ends up preventing organizations from realizing the benefits that prompted the migration in the first place.
Cloud migration is a strategic undertaking that must be executed without significantly impacting business operations, service delivery, performance, and data protection requirements. It is crucial that you complete a full assessment to determine what workloads you have, where they are installed, what dependencies they have, and which are the best candidates for migration to Azure.
Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 were hugely popular when they launched nearly 10 years ago, and millions of instances of them have been deployed worldwide. Organizations continue to run many of their business applications on these servers. With the decade anniversary coming, both editions are nearing the end of support—SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 in July 2019 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 in January 2020. We know many organizations want to continue using these servers, and we’re here to help them find the options that work best for them. End of support means that your software will no longer receive security updates, which could expose you to security attacks and create compliance issues with industry regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and others.
A solid plan and methodology are required for cloud migration. Once you decide to take a cloud-first approach and migrate to the cloud, you might be unsure about where to start.
In this e-book, we’ll take you through the major steps in a typical rehost or lift-and-shift migration, including designing your virtual datacenter, assessing your environment, performing the migration, and optimizing post-migration.
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