You’re running a lot of your business on Windows Server today—mission-critical apps, Active Directory, Domain Name Servers, not to mention virtual machines and storage. For more than 20 years, in fact, Windows Server has been the operating system of choice for enterprise workloads.
Cloud adoption is on the rise, with 87 per cent of organizations saying they plan to merge their on-premises datacenter with a hybrid cloud or the public cloud, based on a recent survey (2017 IDC Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Guide).
As an IT professional, you have an opportunity to grow and leverage your existing skillsets by architecting, migrating, and managing software in the cloud. Maybe upper management has already delivered a mandate to begin moving workloads and applications. Or maybe the upcoming end of support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2020 is driving consideration of a cloud platform. You can master this shift to the cloud by tapping into a broad range of training, technology, and tools from Microsoft. This document will guide you to the resources available from Microsoft and its partners to understand Microsoft Azure capabilities and the opportunities now available for data centres heavily invested in Windows Server.
Azure offers hybrid consistency in application development, management and security, identity management, and across the data platform. This means your organization is free to decide what computing resources stay in-house and what moves to the cloud. Plus, you can use many of your existing Windows skills and add “cloud administrator” to your list of proficiencies.
The transformation to cloud computing is a great opportunity for IT pros, but it’s not something to jump into blindly. This guide shows you how you can use your Windows Server expertise to give your organization a boost in the age of cloud computing, addressing these topics and others:
- Why move to the cloud?
- What are some ways to use Azure on Windows Server workloads?
- What about security?
- Who else is doing this?
- How do I get started?
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