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Migrating Workloads from Azure to Alibaba

In this blog, we'll show you how you can quickly migrate your workload from a third-party vendor to Alibaba Cloud with Click2Cloud's Migration Tool.

By Rupal Shirpurkar, Alibaba Cloud MVP and Business Head (Cloud BU - APAC) Click2Cloud Inc.

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What is a hybrid cloud migration? Hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms. This process of migrating applications, VMs, database either public, private or on-premise to cloud is called cloud migration.

The companies cannot solely rely on either private cloud network (due to lack of versatility) or public cloud network (companies are hesitant to put their sensitive intellectual processes on public cloud). Hence, the migration to hybrid cloud seems logical as it offers the best of both worlds.

Migrating your data from one cloud to another cloud sometimes leads you with messy steps. Say, for example, Azure cloud and on-premises VM's provides the services which lead to consumption and increased billing. The best option here is to migrate them to Alibaba Cloud instance.

Azure to Alibaba Migration

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Hybrid Cloud Migration

Alibaba Cloud offers highly reliable and secure hybrid cloud deployment solutions, with a focus on allaying organizations' concerns regarding availability, security and connectivity.

User can easily migrate their data, applications, VMs from Azure and On-premises VM's to Alibaba Cloud in just few easy steps with the help of migration feature. User do not even require spending their time-wasting on migration processes.

There are certain steps organizations should take before adopting a hybrid cloud. These include an assessment of existing software and applications to determine those ideally suited for public cloud deployment, and those that need to be kept on dedicated infrastructure. Businesses can start by moving a small part of their workload to the cloud and optimize along their way to full-scale deployment.

The first step towards a successful data migration process is the evaluation of businesses basic needs as well as its future capacity and use.

To understand it Lets take an example, say you have virtual machines running on Azure and On-premises VM's and you would like to calculate how much this infrastructure would cost in Alibaba for both at the same time. Doing this by accessing server by server review could take time.

The Migration Tool helps to analyze your infrastructure and show you in two minutes how much money you can save by migrating from Azure and On-premises VM's to Alibaba Cloud.

A migration plan is incomplete without a backup plan. There is always a non-zero probability for errors to happen in a migration process, and damages are often irreversible. Schedule migration notify users if there is any down time expected during cut over.

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Phases for Cloud Migration

Migration Tool is a suite of tailored services for organizations across different vertical looking to migrate application, database, file, and virtual/bare metal to cloud with minimal risk and near-zero downtime. User can migrate their workload in fully automated manner with the drag and drop feature using minimal clicks.

Migration studio as SaaS offering is one stop shop for all migration needs providing seamless experience with cost effective and reliable tool kit. Technical and feasibility evaluation, choice of cloud recommendation through extensive cloud comparison report is add-on value with Migration Studio offering.

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Migration from Azure to Alibaba cloud

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Migration from Azure to Alibaba cloud

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Migration Scenario

Benefits of Migrating from Azure and On-premises data to Alibaba Cloud

  1. There are obvious and highly touted benefits such as scalability, reliability, lower costs, improved analytics and disaster recovery.
  2. Migrates workload from or between any combination of physical, virtual and cloud-based platforms using drag and drop functionality.
  3. Reduce operational costs.
  4. Easy-to-use console.
  5. Scalable continuous replication with minimal performance or bandwidth impact.
  6. Offers freedom from lock-in to any specific hypervisor, cloud vendor or hardware.
  7. Workload monitoring system helps to monitor usage or load metrics for servers, network, storage systems, database, and hypervisors so a proper threshold can be the setup to determine the minimum on-premise capacity.

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Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Migration

Conclusion

Hybrid cloud migration offers organizations the benefits of both a public and private cloud model to deliver agile, elastic, and secure cloud solutions at lower costs. Businesses can innovate with faster go-to-market strategies and respond with agility to changing market dynamics, increasing their competitiveness. Business continuity through disaster recovery is another benefit to the organization. These solutions in turn enable organizations to fully experience the unique benefits of the hybrid cloud migration.

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