AWS to Azure Migration Benefits

We are seeing an uptick in public-cloud-to-public-cloud migration projects. In theory this should be inevitable as more and more organizations run the majority of their applications in public cloud.

Considerations when Migrating From One Cloud Provider To Another

When performing a public cloud to public cloud migration, here are some considerations based on our experience, with specific examples, which come from a recent migration project where we successfully migrated a few production application landscapes from AWS (EC2 with S3 storage) to Azure. The system was based on the LAMP stack with some specialized email handling and archive retrieval workflows.

Migration approach

All of the major cloud providers have great documentation and tools for migrating into their cloud. When you start looking for cloud to cloud, the level of documentation and effectiveness of toolsets becomes more limited.

In our example migration, Microsoft has a great solution for migration to Azure – Azure Site Recovery (ASR). ASR even supports migrating workloads out of AWS. Since our client wasn’t looking to make many application changes, we immediately looked into a Lift-and-Shift approach with ASR, to migrate their environment as-is.

 

Important Aspects Wherein Azure Scores Over AWS

When migrating from AWS to Azure

 

PaaS function

Azure and AWS provide similar IaaS features for virtual machines, networks, and storage. However, Azure provides powerful PaaS features that are an important part of today’s cloud infrastructure.
Microsoft Azure PaaS provides the environment, tools, and building blocks that application developers need to quickly create and deploy new cloud services. It also provides an important “dev-ops” connection for monitoring, managing and continuously tuning these applications. With Azure PaaS, most of the infrastructure management is handled by Microsoft.

.Net Compatibility

The .Net programming language and Azure compatibility are one of the most useful benefits of Azure. This gives Microsoft an edge over AWS and its competitors. Azure is designed and optimized to work consistently with older and new applications developed using the .Net Framework. It is much easier and easier for companies to migrate from Windows applications to Azure Cloud, as opposed to AWS.

Security products

Azure is built on the SDL (Security Development Lifecycle) development cycle, a leading industry assurance process. Security is included in the kernel, and private data and services remain secure and protected on the Azure cloud.

Hybrid Solution For Seamless Cloud Connectivity

Amazon is still testing hybrid water, but Azure already has hybrid features. Seamlessly connect your data center to the cloud. Azure provides a consistent platform for mobility between local and public clouds.

Integrated Environment

Azure provides an integrated environment for developing, testing, and deploying cloud applications. The choice of the structure depends on the client and the open development language further increases the flexibility of Azure migration. In addition to APIs and templates, you can take advantage of standard services such as the web, mobile, and media to begin developing Azure applications. Azure PaaS integrates all applications, data, devices and partners, both on premise and in the cloud.

Learning Curve

AWS is widely recognized as complex. This is clear from many tutorials, user guides and troubleshooting documents. Conversely, Azure offers the same proven and reliable technology that some companies used in the past and still use today.

Benefits SLA

If your company is already using Microsoft software, you can have a “Business Agreement” with Microsoft. Microsoft is generally entitled to receive discounts on Microsoft software used to adjust these contracts to lower Azure prices. As a result, a corporate contract typically provides companies with a significant incentive to use Azure.