The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server on Azure

This 24-page eBook demonstrates how you can leverage your Windows Server expertise to boost your organization's cloud computing. (See a preview below.) It covers:

  • Why move to the cloud?
  • What outcomes can Azure deliver for your organization?
  • What are some ways to use Azure for Windows Server workloads?
  • What about security?
  • Who else is doing this?
  • How can I get started?

Download Your Copy

Cloud computing drives transformational change.

Cloud adoption is on the rise as businesses today face market and supply chain disruptions unlike any they’ve faced in the past and turn to the cloud for the scale, flexibility, and security they need to keep up. As a result, IT is emerging as an important enabler of business success. As an IT professional, you have the opportunity to grow and leverage your existing skill sets by architecting, migrating, and managing software in the cloud.

You can master this shift to the cloud by tapping into a broad range of training, technology, and tools from Microsoft - along with support from Core BTS.

This document will help you understand Microsoft Azure capabilities and the opportunities now available for datacenters heavily invested in Windows Server.

Start with a Strategy

The transformation to cloud computing is a great opportunity for IT pros to evolve and meet the changes in the modern workforce, to protect workloads with unmatched security, innovate anywhere with seamless hybrid capabilities, and to migrate to cloud infrastructures that can be trusted to run
a business.

But digital transformation is not something to jump into blindly. There’s a broad range of business, financial, and technology challenges to consider first. Some questions to ask include:

  • What benefits (e.g. agility, cost savings, scalability) are we expecting from the cloud and how do we prioritize them?
  • What is our short-term and long-term roadmap for moving to the cloud?
  • What is my personal roadmap for building the necessary cloud skills?
  • Should we seek help from a certified Azure partner?
  • What servers, applications, and data should stay in the datacenter and what should be cloud-based?
  • How can we continue to derive the maximum benefit from existing investments?
  • How do we want to design future solutions to best leverage the cloud?

Bringing Others Along

Cloud strategy development is an evolutionary process in most enterprises. It requires coordination among a variety of stakeholders including IT professionals, developers, compliance experts, procurement, and security. Part of moving to the cloud is understanding the technology, but you also have to consider business and organizational impacts.

Think About Your Own Organization

Where are you along this evolutionary journey? IT staff members may feel anxious about their roles and positions as they realize that a different set of skills is needed for the support of cloud solutions. But agile employees who explore and learn new cloud technologies need not fear. Current skills are still important as you manage a hybrid cloud environment. By adding new skills to manage compute, storage, and networking in the cloud, IT can lead the adoption of cloud services and help the organization understand and embrace changes in the industry.

Download the eBook to read it all.