As enterprises continue their journey to the cloud, Microsoft Azure adoption continues to grow exponentially. The latest report from Microsoft on their Azure growth shows 51% YOY. When I saw this number recently, I found it very interesting. Microsoft has historically demonstrated that it understands what the enterprise needs and chances are if you are reading this blog you are either in the process of adopting Azure or considering migrating your server workloads there. So let’s take a closer look at migrating and protecting your Azure virtual machines.
Once your enterprise has decided on your cloud provider of choice —in our scenario for this blog it’s Azure — and the planning must begin. There isn’t a switch that you flip to migrate you, and without a plan the future will likely be full of downtime and system outages. To avoid this chaos there are some key questions to start with answering that will get your planning started.
Now that you have determined what, how, and when, and have migrated your first batch of servers to the cloud, it’s time to look at what your next steps will be.
When the migration of your first servers into Azure has been completed, and before your users are online using the application running on that system, it may be easy to feel like the job is done. However, servers brought online in the cloud are traditionally not just backed up and protected once they are there. You will need to have a plan to protect these virtual machines for recoverability.
There are some native options available to protect Azure virtual machines, but if you are looking for a solution that goes over and above what you get from those options you will want to consider a third party such as Cohesity.
Some of the key benefits are as follows:
Making sure you have data protection in place will be critical to any level of data recovery once your enterprise data is in the cloud.
Migrating to the cloud and protecting your data doesn’t have to be difficult, but to ensure the best level of success be sure to plan ahead and protect your data upon migration. This will ensure long-term business success!