Migration to the Cloud easy or not ?
Trial and error is a fundamental method of solving problems and in many cases the method to get to the cloud no testing, bud did you know there are great tools that you can use to see if your environment is ready for the cloud ? there is Windows Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment and the MAP tool kit Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
Windows Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessments for Active Directory, SharePoint Server and SQL Server. Also available on Windows Azure Portal here: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/downloads/vm-readiness-assessment/
Ready – Set – Move: Download your Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment today. This assessment will automatically inspect your on-premises environment, whether it be bare metal or already virtualized. After that, we will provide you with tailored guidance and recommendations for migrating your environment to Windows Azure. If you’re running Active Directory, SQL, or SharePoint this tool will make it easy for you to get started.
easy wizard and a scan will take place. On the selected items
As in the report my AD is ready for the Cloud ( pssst it is already in the cloud )
How to get Windows Azure ?
Get a subscription
If you do not already have an Azure subscription, getting one is easy. Whether you are just learning the platform around or running a production deployment, there are many options available for creating an account.
· Free Trial. Windows Azure offers a free trial to everyone. You can sign up here:
· MSDN Subscription. As an MSDN subscriber, you are entitled to free Azure credits. You can activate your account here:
Jouni Heikniemi created a Windows Azure poster. The poster is somewhat developer-focused, and I have intentionally de-emphasized features that are typically only relevant to IT pros or certain deployment scenarios (such as virtual networks and firewall configurations inside Azure).
get your own copy download this PDF version
There are new Virtual Machines available in Windows Azure.
The following versions of Windows Server are offered in the Windows Azure image gallery: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Prices as shown in the table below apply to all versions except Windows Server 2012 R2, which is currently in preview and is being offered for customers to test and experience at Linux rates (see pricing details under the "Linux" tab).
Memory-intensive VMs in Windows Azure provide larger amounts of memory and are optimal for running high-throughput applications such as databases. For more information, visit the Virtual Machines webpage.
Provide optimal set of compute, memory and IO resources for running a vast array of applications. Detailed configuration of the instances is available azurehere.
|Compute Instance Name
||Price Per Hour
|Extra Small (A0)
|Extra Large (A4)
Memory Intensive Instances
Provide larger amounts of memory optimal for running high-throughput applications, such as databases or SharePoint server farms. Detailed configurations of these instances are available here.
|COMPUTE INSTANCE NAME
||PRICE PER HOUR