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Microsoft Enables Fast Migration Into Azure

Microsoft's Migration Accelerator makes it easier for VMware and Amazon Web Services customers to move workloads into Azure.

Microsoft has launched a limited preview of Migration Accelerator, a tool that automates the migration of workloads away from a VMware virtualized data center or Amazon Web Services cloud into Microsoft's Azure cloud service.

Migration Accelerator is one result of Microsoft's acquisition of InMage Systems in July and its resulting integration into Azure. That acquisition was hailed for the disaster recovery process it brought into the Microsoft fold, but Migration Accelerator emphasizes the migration expertise that was part of InMage's DR process.

The accelerator works with a variety of workload types, whether a legacy system running on bare metal, a VMware ESX Server virtual machine, a Windows Server Hyper-V virtual machine, or an Amazon Web Services' Amazon Machine Image virtual machine. Microsoft has produced the accelerator to ease the pain of migrating a variety of workloads into its Azure cloud.

The accelerator's portal service allows an IT manager to use automated discovery to identify an enterprise workload, then configure a migration scenario with a few clicks on the available options. Among other things, the accelerator will allow the assignment of networking in Azure that's a match for the networking available where the workload is currently running. The workload can be tested on a staging server before the cutover occurs to put it into production, according to a blog posted Sept. 4 by Srinath Vasireddy, Microsoft's principal lead program manager, Cloud and Enterprise.

Read the entire original article on InformationWeek.

Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek and author of Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, a McGraw-Hill book. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive ... View Full Bio

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