Azure cloud migration best practices checklist

Start with the Azure migration guide in the Cloud Adoption Framework if you're interested in migrating to Azure. That guide walks you through a set of tools and basic approaches to migrating virtual machines to the cloud.

The following checklists provide Azure cloud migration best practices that go beyond the basic cloud-native tools. These outline the common areas of complexity that might require the scope of the migration to expand beyond the Azure migration guide.

Migration best practices for business-driven scope expansion

  • Support global markets: The business operates in multiple geographic regions with disparate data sovereignty requirements. To meet those requirements, you should factor in additional considerations to the prerequisite review and distribution of assets during migration.

Migration best practices for technology-driven scope expansion

  • VMware migration: Migrating VMware hosts can accelerate the overall migration process. Each migrated VMware host can move multiple workloads to the cloud. After migration, those VMs and workloads can stay in VMware, or be migrated to modern cloud capabilities.
  • SQL Server migration: Migrating instances of SQL Server can accelerate the overall migration process. Each migrated instance can move multiple databases and services, potentially accelerating multiple workloads.
  • Multiple datacenters: Migrating multiple datacenters adds significant complexity. During each process of the move (assess, migrate, optimize, and manage), additional considerations are discussed to prepare for more complex environments.
  • Data requirements exceed network capacity: Companies frequently choose to migrate to the cloud because the capacity, speed, or stability of an existing datacenter is no longer satisfactory. Unfortunately, those same constraints add complexity to the migration process, requiring additional planning during the assessment and migration processes.
  • Governance or compliance strategy: When governance and compliance are vital to the success of a migration, IT governance teams and the cloud adoption team must ensure additional alignment with one another.

Additional migration best practices

Next steps

The following is a good starting point for reviewing Azure migration best practices.