As more organisations, including schools and tertiary institutes, explore cloud migrations from on-premise servers, the number one question is always “how much will it cost me and how much can I save?”
Recently, Microsoft have released a free cloud migration assessment tool that you can see here:
There are three ways you can import data into this assessment tool:”
- Manual Import – essentially entering the RAM/CPU/OS specs of your physical/virtual servers one at a time into the online tool
- Bulk custom import – download an Excel template to manually update the specs and then import into the online tool
- Automated discovery and import – this utilises the free Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. This can be configured to scan through all/part of your server network to automatically identify the specifications being used and then generate an import file for the online tool.
You can watch a detailed instruction on how to use these three methods in the YouTube clip below:
What I really like about this tool is that you get a report with calculated costs for Azure hosting compared to your on-premise infrastructure costs:
This is, of course, based off assumptions in terms of costs to maintain on-premise services and this is where the tool is very flexible. If you have already done a TCO or ROI exercise and know the costs of on premise services you can manually update these costs in the assumptions calculator to truly match your known costs:
Tools like this can give organisations certainty in terms of predicted costs for moving their infrastructure into the Azure cloud. I’d love to hear first hand from educational institutes out there that have used this tool – feel free to post a comment below if you have.