Migrate to Azure in 6 Easy Steps

Migrating your infrastructure to the cloud doesn’t have to be a nightmare, but it does require some planning to pull it off with ease. When migrating virtual machine workloads from an on-premises data center into Azure, the goal is to maintain business continuity by building a hybrid environment that leverages the benefits of running in Azure. But you need to be proactive and ask the right questions to make sure you are getting the application performance your business requires.

Quest Software took a predictive business continuity approach to reduce impact to critical applications while building an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution in Azure. The company leveraged Foglight for Virtualization and Rapid Recovery to migrate workloads from its on-premises data centers.

The virtual machine workloads being moved to Azure represented a complex environment that included Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware with virtual machines running across both those hypervisors supporting mission critical applications.

Let’s take a look at the steps Quest followed to make its cloud dream a reality:

  1. Identify applications and VMs. First and foremost, you’ve got to know what you’ve got and where it lives in your infrastructure before you migrate anything.
  2. Discover VM/application dependencies. Look at all of your virtual machines to understand how they are connected to one another and how they communicate on a day-to-day basis.
  3. Review IaaS offerings. Take the time you need to review a range of different infrastructures and service offerings available for Azure to understand which ones are best suited for your business needs.
  4. Analyze costs and risks. Do a thorough cost analysis to ensure that you select the appropriate level of offering for your business and performance needs. Know what your initial cost will be as well as what budget is required to operate in the cloud once the migration is complete. See if you can save money in any area.
  5. Test migration. Put one VM on the cloud and migrate a couple of applications to see how things go. Put the apps through their paces before you begin the process of migrating your entire infrastructure.
  6. Migrate, test, commission. As you move through the final steps, work to keep your data current, ensuring performance and availability at the same time. Test everything to ensure that it’s running optimally and then finalize into production workloads.

Quest’s IaaS migration was successful thanks to planning — and to the Quest Predictive Business Continuity solution, which includes Foglight, Rapid Recovery and other technologies designed to help organizations optimize their virtual infrastructure, protect critical apps and data, and spot system issues well before they make landfall.

Want to learn more about how you can reduce costs by predicting and budgeting for capital expenditures, protect growing virtual environments automatically, and recover from data loss or corruption in minutes with zero impact to users?

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