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Lifting and Shifting - How to migrate from your datacenter to Azure
It's super-important especially for traditional hosting providers to embrace that this change is happening (and has been happening for quite some time).
Decommissioning smaller datacenters and moving to Azure while taking care of your customers is the way forward. When your promise is 'close to zero downtime' then your job will easier if you move to Azure.
I don't want to sound like a commercial but I believe that especially hosters needs to climb higher up in the value chain and running your own datacenters is not where the values lies going forward. I also suggest that hosters try to come up with clever offerings where they utilize the capabilities with Microsoft Azure in different geopgraphies. Geo based offerings is a potential goldmine for Microsoft Partners.
Great opportunities for hosters going forward if they embrace Azure and climb the value ladder!
Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated Cloud services which are available as Platform as a Service ( PaaS), Infrastructures as a Service ( IaaS) and Software as a Service ( SaaS). It is possible to spin up a Windows Server in Azure and use it as a Domain Controller for all the VMs that are part of a virtual Network.
Before we can create a Windows Server VM that will act as a Domain Controller, we will create an Azure Virtual Network that will hold all the VMs together within the Domain that we are going to create.
In order to gain more competitiveness and faster growth, we've rather to cross over this unavoidable turning point sooner than later, to take place at the trough of the wave.