Azure migration guide overview

The Cloud Adoption Framework's Migrate methodology guides readers through an iterative process of migrating one workload, or a small collection of workloads per release. In each iteration, the process of assess, migration, and optimize and promote is followed to ensure that workloads are ready to meet production demands. That cloud-agnostic process can guide migration to any cloud provider.

This guide demonstrates a simplified version of that process when migrating from your on-premises environment to Azure.


For an interactive experience, view this guide in the Azure portal. Go to the Azure Quickstart Center in the Azure portal, select Azure migration guide, and then follow the step-by-step instructions.

This guide is the suggested path for your first migration to Azure, as it will expose you to the methodology and the cloud-native tools most commonly used during migration to Azure. Those tools are presented across the following pages:

  • Assess each workload's technical fit. Validate the technical readiness and suitability for migration.
  • Migrate your services. Perform the actual migration, by replicating on-premises resources to Azure.
  • Manage costs and billing. Understand the tools required to control costs in Azure.
  • Optimize and promote. Optimize for cost and performance balance before promoting your workload to production.
  • Get assistance. Get help and support during your migration or post-migration activities.

It is assumed that a landing zone has already been deployed, in alignment with the best practices in the Cloud Adoption Framework's Ready methodology.