Azure eBook - Take Advantage of The Ultimate Azure Migration Guide
If there was any doubt about the central role played by the public cloud—and especially Microsoft Azure—in the IT strategies of today’s organizations, those doubts have been dispelled in the latest survey of nearly 800 IT executives that makes up the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud report from Flexera.
The report details how both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure are riding a wave of interest in public cloud computing.
Public cloud adoption now stands at 91% and spending on public cloud solutions is set to jump 24%–that’s 3 times faster than private cloud usage.
But the report also details how the growth rates AWS and Azure are now experiencing are very different.
When RightScale began to conduct this survey in 2012, AWS was the dominant force in the public cloud. In the first published survey (2014), 54% of respondents reported using AWS while Azure’s presence was a distant 13%.
Over the intervening years (see charts):
- AWS has inched up to 61% of respondents (down slightly year-over-year) while Azure adoption has quadrupled to 52%.
- Among enterprises, Azure adoption now stands at 60%, while AWS adoption has been flat for two years at 67%.
- Among SMBs, from 2018 to 2019, Azure grew from 32 to 41% (a 28% growth rate) while AWS adoption fell from 60 to 53%.
As the report notes, the percentage of respondents who use a particular cloud is only one of the factors that influence revenue growth for the cloud provider. Other factors include the number of VMs running, as well as other cloud services being used.
Year-over-year for 2018-19, Azure showed the largest increase in the percentage of users with more than 100 VMs, from 17% in 2018 to 25% in 2019.
AWS had a four-year head start on Azure (AWS became available in 2006 vs. 2010 for Azure), but a wide range of other factors have come into play to favor Azure:
Comprehensiveness: Azure has moved more aggressively to expand its Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings and remains a top choice for the vast numbers of Windows developers who want to keep using the tools and frameworks that they are familiar with when developing applications for the cloud.
Hybrid Support: Many customers turn to Azure for its extensive support of hybrid cloud implementations. Integration capabilities built into Azure make support for hybrid clouds easier and more flexible.
Geographical Reach: Azure covers more regions than AWS. Forty-two regions are currently available, and 12 new ones have been announced; in addition, it has a data center footprint in 140 countries.
Security/Compliance: Azure provides comprehensive coverage with more than eighty compliance offerings. It’s contractually committed to GDPR. Azure’s robust security profile makes it a popular choice with agencies of the U.S. government.
But while the popularity of Azure has grown, migrating an existing infrastructure to Azure is no simple task. You need a detailed understanding of your infrastructure environment as it exists today, and how to best make use of the many capabilities Azure makes available.
It’s not just a technology decision, but a business one as well, that can result in a range of tactical and strategic impacts both positive (more agility, IT services at less cost) and negative (disruption, budget overspend and delayed end-user uptake), particularly if embarked on in a haphazard fashion. Because the cloud is still so relatively new, the skill sets required to pull this off correctly are in notoriously short supply.
To help organizations launch their Azure journey, Navisite has also developed an eBook: The Ultimate Azure Migration Guide, as part of our deep Azure Management Services. You can download it here.
The eBook provides an overview and insights into:
- What’s happening with the public cloud and Azure today
- The typical migration paths organizations follow to Azure from Windows Server, SQL Server, VMware, .Net, and other environments
- Which applications are best for lift-and-shift, and which ones should be refactored
- Using Azure for business continuity
- The kind of ROI to expect from Azure
- How Azure addresses key issues such as security and compliance
The eBook also details the role that an experienced Managed Cloud Service Provider (MSP) such as Navisite can play in an Azure migration. Navisite is one of a very select group of some 40 Azure Expert MSPs and one of Microsoft’s four Azure Centers of Excellence.
The experience we have gained supporting organizations of all kinds on their Azure migration journey is reflected in the eBook. Be sure to take advantage of it here.
If your organization is looking to navigate the journey to Azure, contact us today to see how Navisite’s Azure Management Services can help you fully map out and plan that process, or call us directly at (888) 298-8222 to learn more.