Azure Migration Services

A key consideration during the process of planning the migration of your data and applications to the Microsoft public cloud platform is the ongoing cost. According to Gartner, Azure pricing is one of the key factors that a business takes into account when planning their cloud strategy. In truth, no two organisations have precisely the same needs when it comes to their requirements for storage and compute, and as such, the cost of migrating to Azure can vary significantly.

Key Benefits of igroup’s Approach

Understanding and working toward your goals in migrating to the cloud are at the heart of igroup’s approach.  When you choose us as your Azure partner, you benefit from:

  • A dedicated and fully accredited UK based Azure team
  • Working with an established Microsoft Gold Partner
  • Direct contact with your cloud consultant throughout the process
  • A staged migration process including proof of concept
  • Ongoing management services to optimise performance and cost

To find out more about how igroup can help you move to Azure, please contact a member of our team today on 0203 697 0302 or fill in your details below and we will call you back.

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Did you know?

AWS and Azure pricing can change every month affecting your monthly billing.  By choosing igroup, your pricing is capped for the duration of your 1, 2 or 3-year contract, eliminating spikes in your billing.

The Azure Migration Process

Migrating to Azure can be highly complex and as such it is essential that a proper planning and implementation process is followed.  Understanding the precise requirements of a business and then building a solution that meets both these and the available budget, is key to the success of the project.  Poor planning can create difficulties in achieving your goals and lead to long term difficulties for the business.

Initial Planning and Discovery

Every organisation has its own specific needs when moving to the cloud.  From the suite of applications that will be used through to the volume of data that will be stored and the number of users who will need to access the platform.  All these factors will contribute to the scale of the infrastructure that is required, and when coupled with differing compliance and security requirements will have a significant impact on the services required and budget.

Our consultants conduct an intensive process of reviewing clients’ requirements ahead of the creation of the solution architecture so that a full picture of the services to be virtualised is available.

Understanding the requirements in detail and building the solution around these requirements, leads to a result that allows for future scale, while also ensuring that the right levels of performance are achieved quickly.

Technical Audits

Knowing what needs to be virtualised is only part of the story.  A full investigation of your business’s technical requirements for the cloud requires intensive analysis of the software you plan to migrate to ensure that it is compatible with the available infrastructure.

While it may be possible to simply replicate your legacy hosting infrastructure in a cloud environment, this does not take into account the benefits available or maximise the value of a cloud platform which allows for scale and resource to be managed more flexibly than is possible with a traditional hosting arrangement.

Our consultants look under the bonnet at your current technical solution to determine the strengths and weaknesses that are present and create a detailed picture of what will be the best solution for your ongoing needs.

Deployment and Support

Following on from the consultancy and planning phase of your Azure Migration, igroup will support you in the deployment and testing of the solution.

Extensive experience in building bespoke Azure solutions for clients means that igroup’s consultants can recognise any issues that may arise during the process and take appropriate action to ensure success.

We work with your internal teams to ensure that all required functionality is ready for deployment and that appropriate steps are taken to back up data prior to the final migration process.  This means that you can be confident that your business can benefit from cloud flexibility with less risk.

Dedicated support through the deployment means you always have an expert you can call on to provide advice and feedback and ensure that everything is tested and working as it should.

Ongoing Optimisation

Ensuring that your solution is aligned with your budget and needs as your business changes is vital.

We can work with your team to create a bespoke proof of concept that allows for testing of performance and can then be used as the basis of the full implementation.

An experienced consultant will understand that sometimes compromise is essential but will also understand the right areas to focus on to ensure that you maximise the end results and achieve the best possible outcomes for your team.

For more information about how igroup can help your business migrate to the cloud and manage your subscription costs more effectively, please contact a member of our team today.

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