So it finally happened: you and/or your organization have finally decided it is time to take the plunge and move into “the Cloud” – that scary, don’t-really-know-where-that-is place that has been circling the eyes and ears of our IT departments for years now… There’s a hundred reasons to do it, but the truth is, it’s not for everyone and it’s not without its complications.

That’s why we thought of putting together some initial information for you to take back to your eager IT team and make sure you have at least the basic requirements to move forward with a migration. As always, if you’re looking for professional assistance from a certified Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider, we’re here to help.

What you need to know

First and foremost: Make sure your infrastructure as well as your company culture are ready for the move.

Common concerns include:

Security Gaps

It is likely your organization stores critical business data and intellectual property on public cloud resources, but your IT department lacks the visibility into how employees use critical business data across consumer cloud services such as Google Drive.


Organizations sometimes spend more than necessary on the cloud when they fail to pull back resources that were intended to be temporary. Overspending also occurs when companies pay for “pro” or “plus” versions of cloud software for users who don’t need advanced tools


Proper visibility and control over your cloud environments is a must when it comes to properly match resources with user groups. Consider libraries where users can see which cloud services are available and request temporary access to those resources.


Make sure you have your licenses in check; when organizations lose track of their cloud software licenses, they can face hefty fines resulting from vendor audits. Also make sure to look out for licenses that need to be replaced or converted into a "cloud" license.

How can your team get started?

Perform a cloud migration assessment

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Discover applications for migration

Your organization likely runs hundreds—maybe thousands—of applications across a range of servers. While your current management tools may provide a good representation of these, to kick-start any migration, you need an inventory mechanism that can feed data into subsequent steps.

Using cloud migration assessment tools, compile an inventory of the physical and virtual servers in your environment. This data can include profile information and performance metrics about your on-premises applications. At the end of this step, you’ll have a complete inventory of servers with metadata for each, allowing you to build your cloud migration plan.

Map on-premises applications

Using information from your discovery, map your servers to represent your on-premises applications. This will help you identify dependencies or communication between servers so you can include all necessary application components in your cloud migration plan—to help reduce risks and ensure a smooth migration. Group your servers logically to represent the applications, and then select the best migration strategy for each application based on its requirements and migration objectives.

Evaluate your cloud migration plan

With your application groups mapped, evaluate how best to move each on-premises application. Use cloud migration assessment tools to access Azure resource recommendations and migration strategies for your application servers.

Evaluate the potential cost savings of Azure migration. Do this by calculating and comparing your total cost of ownership (TCO) for Azure with that of a comparable Azure deployment on your on-premises infrastructure.

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