Cloud migration initiatives show no signs of slowing down in 2020, with the global public cloud market predicted to grow 17% in 2020 to total $266.4 billion - making it clear that kick-starting our digital transformation goals heading into the new decade is of the highest priority.
Many business leaders understandably still face trouble selling the idea of moving legacy applications and data into the cloud to the organisation. Companies don’t want to risk downtime for critical assets, face increased complexity, or simply can’t see the long-term cost savings.
Thankfully, there are options that make migrations pain-free and cost-optimised from the get-go.
Azure VMware Solutions is a joint tool by Microsoft, Dell, CloudSimple and VMware that allows organisations to run VMware-based workloads natively in Microsoft Azure public cloud - in a much more seamless, cost-effective and secure process than previously possible.
It’s a much easier to manage the overall migration journey with this tool, as it uses the same VMware tools such as VMware VSphere and vCenter many across IT are likely familiar with, and it helps you modernise your business-critical applications with zero compatibility issues.
Most importantly, Azure VMware Solutions opens up the broader services of the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform, such as Azure Active Directory (Identity), Azure Security Vault (Security) and Azure Data Services (Data Analytics), helping you future-proof your environment and capabilities while freeing your team to focus on other important digital innovation opportunities.
Unfamiliar with Azure Vmware Solutions? Curious to know how it may suit your business? In this article, we detail the 3 biggest reasons to consider using it for your 2020 cloud migration.
#1 - You can provision VMware environments faster, and scale up and down whenever you need it
Azure VMware Solutions allow your business to redeploy and extend any on-premise workloads you have running into VMware on Azure in minutes - not days, or weeks, or months. Whatever your business case - reducing data center footprints, expanding into the cloud for long-term future-proofing, embracing a hybrid cloud infrastructure or leveraging better DR and security capabilities - any previous complexities surrounding migrations are removed.
But what does this increased simplicity really mean for your business?
Essentially, less roadblocks to getting into Azure and having workloads up and running.
The new toolset by CloudSimple - sold by Microsoft, natively integrated with Azure and supported by VMware - streamlines the entire migration process with a unified management interface for both VMware and Azure resources that reduces complexity and lets you modernise workloads with Azure services without extensive trouble-shooting.
Azure VMware effectively offers companies an easier path into unlocking Azure’s broader services like Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates and Azure Express Route (ARE) to deploy and run your VMs on VMware in Azure, or Azure Active Directory to improve identity and access, and Azure AI to enable new intelligent experiences.
Provisioning is on-demand and self-service, but everything is easier thanks to the use of the same VMware tools. The amount of opportunities that open up when moving VMware-based workloads into Azure - better disaster recovery, virtual desktops, high-performance workloads and expansion on-demand - is well worth investigating.
#2 - You can reduce IT costs significantly during and post cloud migration
The Azure VMware Solutions pathway offer up significant cost savings for businesses looking to make the most of their eventual move to the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform.
Other than the obvious money saved from having Azure manage your infrastructure (no more or less physical hardware and servers to maintain, update and manage) you can expand or shrink your VMware-based environments hosted in Azure as your business needs change - you don’t have to pay over-capacity or suffer with less than you need any longer, thanks to auto-scaling.
Companies can further lower costs with monthly consumption pricing by combining your Software Assurance (SA) and re-using existing on-premises licences for SQL Server and Windows Server with Azure Hybrid Benefit, stacking up to 55% in further savings. This makes it the most cost-friendly option if you need to upgrade from older on-premises infrastructure now.
That’s not to mention the generous Extended Security Updates (ESU) which provide three more years of official support and security patches for businesses still running workloads on 2008 legacy versions of SQL Server and Windows Server, while offering additional incentive to migrate to Azure, as get the ESU plan for free if you move these old workloads to the cloud.
Finally, your company can also take advantage of the Reserved Instance (RI) purchase option for one or three years of consistent pricing, allowing a level of flexibility for your eventual move.
#3 - No re-architecting apps, eliminating risk and reducing data center footprint
Ageing physical hardware and servers are one of the biggest burdens on companies today. It’s no secret that many businesses want to reduce their data center footprint - they just can’t risk it.
Cost, the complexity and consistency are also understandably major deterrents to going digital. Reasonably, every business might have certain legacy applications that require constant up-time, or sensitive data that they’ve previously never even considered migrating from on-premises to the cloud.
VMware on Azure allows you to reduce your data centre footprint with a one-off redeployment of your VMware-based VMs that is automated, streamlined and risk-free. You can consolidate workloads into one high-availability platform (Azure), and retire your costly physical servers - without any of the technical complexities previously associated with cloud migrations.
With VMware on Azure, you also don’t have to re-factor or re-architect any business-critical applications that may have a legacy dependency on-premises. The service allows you to move apps over without a hitch, while modernising it to run in the cloud with better performance.
You can migrate these essential applications with familiar tools like VCenter, VMotion, VSphere, and save both time and costs on training up your staff, as they won’t need to learn completely new and foreign tools all over again to manage the migration and running of workloads once in the cloud. This is ideal for any organisation that has a variety of development environments, test environments and critical workloads that need to be spun up quickly with minimal fuss and time.
In short, you can lift-and-shift vSphere-based workloads in an automated and non-disruptive process, and modernise apps without having to rebuild your VMware environments, saving plenty of time and money while reducing complexity and eliminating risk entirely. Awesome!
VMWare on Azure: How To Get Started
WMware on Azure Solutions is continuously growing in capabilities, with two major updates in 2019 and a new wave of functionality set to arrive to the service in 2020 as VMware ramps up its partnership with Microsoft, making it a highly attractive migration option.
If you need help getting started, contact our team to learn more about VMware Cloud on Azure services for a free assessment on how it may be best-fit for your business case.