Migrating any application on any platform from anywhere to Azure is a specialty at Hanu Managed Services (HMS), but some customers still prefer to try to do it themselves. With the right skills and the right tools it is very possible to successfully migrate workloads to Microsoft Azure. If you believe you have the right skills, here are a few good “do-it-yourself” tools.
Follow Our Lead
It is strongly suggested that you follow the path suggested by our tagline. First look at the applications and associated data workloads, then the platform, then determine which tool is best suited.
When you look, look deeply. Fully inventory all the applications and workloads that you’ll need to move, and then assess each one to determine how ready it is for migration to Azure.
Microsoft’s Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment tool automatically inspects your on-premises environment, whether it is physical or virtualized, and provides you with a check list and detailed report on steps you need to take to move your workloads to the cloud. After the assessment takes place a report is generated providing a checklist of workload attributes/configuration that are ready to move and if applicable, need further investigation before moving. Fortunately the report provides expert advice and links to how to resolve any issues and prepare the workload for a move to Microsoft Azure.
Extensive guidance in using the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment tool can be found on a February 18, 2015 post on the Courtenay Bernier Infrastructure Blog. Bernier is a Datacenter and Azure Specialist at Microsoft.
Another excellent Microsoft tool is the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) toolkit. Version 9.2 was introduced in February 2015. MAP Toolkit is an agentless inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely assess IT environments for various platform migrations—including Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 2010, Office 365, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014, Hyper-V, Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track, and Windows Azure. It has had the ability to assess environments to provide readiness information for both physical and virtualized workloads in preparation for migration to Microsoft Azure since version 8.0.
From Which Platform?
The next consideration is platform. Which platform are you moving workloads from? Here, the Microsoft Azure Migration Accelerator is the tool of choice. Whether you need to move physical servers, VMware virtual machines, workloads from Amazon Web Services or virtual machines running on Microsoft Hyper-V, The Azure Migration Accelerator enables migration cutovers in minutes. Features include automated asset discovery, auto-provisioning of target Azure VMs, near-zero downtime and data loss, multi-tier application support and automated networking reconfiguration.
Which Data Center?
In January 2015, Microsoft and its development partner Persistent Systems introduced the Azure Data Center Migration Solution to enable IT pros to move their Azure subscriptions to different datacenter locations, either using the same subscription or a different one. It’s specifically designed for moving Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) deployments. The tool is licensed under the open source Apache 2.0 license.
Don’t worry if you begin to feel daunted by the details involved in making your migration using these tools. You can always throw your hands up and reach out to Hanu Managed Services for assistance getting it done.