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Modernize your VMware Workloads with Microsoft Azure Cloud Native Services
Kunwar Singh Cloud Offerings Portfolio Management | September 15, 2020

It’s been more than a decade since the adoption of virtualization technologies have significantly changed the way organizations host and run their applications. Enterprises are using the VMware virtualization technologies, fueled by a rising demand for digital services.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, companies are re-imagining their ability to conduct business as usual by revisiting technology adoption and plan to significantly reduce data center footprints. In many cases, organizations wish to dissolve the data center as quickly as possible. Thus, many of them using VMware tools have the need to decommission their legacy data centers.

Other reasons or business drivers for companies to migrate to cloud infrastructure could be the high costs of running virtualized workloads. Running these workloads on public cloud infrastructure or in a hybrid fashion represents a greater opportunity to achieve cost saving as compared to deploying them in the internal data centers alone. Ease of management or dissatisfaction with the performance of the managed services provider could be another other driver for evaluating cloud adoption for VMware workloads. Driving newer IT initiatives might as well be another reason. Last, but not the least, companies might want to move to cloud infrastructure as it offers features such as: pay as you go, high availability, and disaster recovery etc.

With the above business drivers in mind, organizations definitely need to pen down a few goals for such migrations to enable them to continue managing their existing environments with VMware tools that are familiar to their teams, while at the same time modernizing their applications with cloud services.

This move will allow them to transition VMware-based workloads from their data center to cloud and integrate the VMware environment. After the cloud migration, the application should have the same performance capabilities as it does today in VMware. Another key feature that companies are looking for would be to redeploy vSphere-based applications and do a cloud migration, while avoiding hypervisor conversions and application refactoring. A highly efficient way to accomplish this is by the ‘Azure VMware Solution,’ with which organizations can seamlessly run, manage, and secure applications across VMware environments and Azure with a common operating framework.

HCL and Microsoft can help you migrate your mission-critical VMware workloads to Azure cloud services and benefit from the elasticity and high performance that match ever-growing needs for constant innovation.

Benefit from a solution that's delivered by Microsoft, verified by VMware, and run on Azure infrastructure. The Azure VMware Solution is delivered on certified VMware Validated Design (VVD 4.0), with the AVS option of HCX Enterprise, further simplifying migration efforts with support for bulk live migrations on Azure. This provides capabilities to create vSphere VMs in the Azure portal via API calls or CLI and enables a single sign-on. Get extended support for legacy applications that run on Windows and SQL Servers.

With the Azure VMware solution, organizations can setup the Azure cloud in minutes, modernize applications at their own pace, enhance VMware applications with dedicated, isolated, high-performance infrastructure, and move or extend on-premises VMs to Azure cloud, all without having to refactor its applications.

Organizations can capitalize on existing VMware investments, skills, and tools, including VMware vSphere, vSAN, and vCenter. At the same time, they benefit from the scale, performance, and innovation of Azure cloud. One such innovation is the Azure DevOps tool chain for VMware environments that allows organizations to modernize applications at their own pace. Migration to the cloud should provide a variety of connectivity options. Azure VMware Solution includes the Azure ExpressRoute, that encrypts your data at rest and in transit with a high-speed, low-latency connectivity. HCL and Microsoft have three decades of partnership experience to bring you the best of hybrid cloud technology with deployment and functional expertise.

The post-COVID world is an opportune time for organizations that have not yet aligned with the cloud adoption strategy and road map for achieving the best of business outcomes, without any disruptions. Use efficient solutions for migrating your mission-critical VMware workloads to Azure cloud services and benefit from the elasticity and high performance that match ever-growing needs for constant innovation.