Microsoft Azure Eases Cloud Migration, Management
Microsoft Azure officials want to make it easier for channel partners to help enterprises migrate their workloads to the Azure cloud and then manage those applications and data once they’ve made the move.
Ahead of the Microsoft Inspire 2019 partner show next week in Las Vegas, the enterprise software giant is announcing that the company’s Azure Migration Program – which is designed to give the channel the tools and services they need to more easily move their end users into the public cloud – will be generally available July 15. Also new is the Azure Lighthouse service, which will give partners a single view, enabling them to manage Azure at scale for all customers.
The news about Azure Migration Program and Azure Lighthouse are among a spate of announcements around Azure, which is the second largest public cloud service provider in the world behind Amazon Web Services (AWS) and ahead of Google Cloud Platform. With the cloud infrastructure services market expected to grow to more than $81 billion by 2023, according to a report on MarketsandMarkets, Azure, AWS and other providers are rapidly building out their capabilities, particularly as more organizations are adopting hybrid cloud and multicloud strategies.
The annual RightScale cloud report from Flexera this year found that Azure is chipping away at AWS’ dominant lead among enterprise users as more organizations adopt the public cloud. The news around Azure coming out ahead of Inspire is an indication that Microsoft wants to keep that momentum going. Helping the channel migrate and manage their customers in their cloud effort are key ways to do that.
“When Azure as a platform does more for our partners, our partners can focus more on providing differentiated services and higher value to our joint customers,” Azure CTO Mark Russinovich wrote in a blog. “That is how partners make more possible on Azure.”
The Azure Migration Program is a continuation of Microsoft’s efforts to help enterprises make the move to the cloud. Also in a blog, Julia White, corporate vice president at Azure, noted that a year ago she talked about the cloud provider’s desire to help customers make the move and that the customer response from such enterprises like Chevron and Carlsberg Beers was strong.
“We’ve gained valuable insights about customer needs along their journey,” White wrote. “Today, we are bringing together the insights from this experience to market with our latest investment in migration.”
The new migration effort includes guidance from Microsoft experts and partners that is based on the new Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure, coursework for developing Azure skills, free migration tools such as Azure Migrate for assessing and migrating workloads, and reducing migration costs.
Azure’s efforts focus on an important area of the cloud for both end users and their channel partners, according to Jo Peterson, vice president of cloud and security services at Clarify360, a partner of many of the top cloud providers, including Microsoft.
“Having worked in the cloud space since 2009, I’ve seen many ways to approach a cloud migration,” Peterson told Channel Futures. “Cloud is as much about the technology as it is about organizational preference. Your organization can decide to use a little cloud or a lot of cloud. The choice often comes down to, not if you can move everything to the cloud, but do you …