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Benefits of Migrating a Physical Server to Azure

ā€‹Recently we did a write-up on migrating your on-premise application to the Cloud, but what if you're needing to migrate an entire server?

As the Cloud continues to evolve, so do the solutions available in Azure, but why would you want to migrate an entire server to the Cloud anyway? One of the most popular reasons we find, is the infrastructure costs for an on-premise server, costs to maintain the server, and the cost of employee skill level required to manage the server, are much more expensive and involved than a Cloud based implementation with an Azure Virtual Desktop or Virtual Machine.

When we look at a migration of a server to the Cloud and scoping a resource type for the server, we start with the use case of the server. If the goal is to contain all use of the systems and data to the Cloud, then Azure Virtual Desktop allows us to control an environment from start to finish. If our goal is to minimize cost and allow a similar experience to on-premise, then we'd most likely use a combination of Virtual Machines and an Azure File Share. 

There are many advantages to migrating on-premise resources to the cloud, but to name a few:

  1. No hardware management. If there is a true hardware failure, then Azure takes care of the handoff to other resources available. The resolution of hardware failures doesn't fall on the user.
  2. Easy upgrade paths. If your company is scaling quickly, an on-premise solution can quickly create growing pains in being able to support the increased workload. In Azure, it's a simple button to increase compute power.
  3. Cost efficiency. With no more hardware maintenance and simplified management, you're able to realize significant savings over an on-premise environment.

These solutions can be a game changer for your business and we can help get you there. RyanTech is able to walk you through the entire process to make sure that it's set up exactly the way that you want it to be. If you have been thinking about doing this, or are just learning about it in this blog, reach out to us! We're here for you every step of the way.

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