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By contributing author, Abhishek Hemrajani, Senior Program Manager, Cloud + Enterprise

Last week, as part of our continuing series on the capabilities of Operations Management Suite (OMS), we looked at how OMS and Azure Site Recovery (ASR) reduce disaster recovery cost.

Microsoft enables customers to leverage Azure’s hyper-scale model, coupled with OMS to drastically reduce costs, and improve the management of their infrastructure. Leveraging ASR for cloud migration (in addition to disaster recovery) can help organizations migrate their workloads to Azure and reduce the expenditure – both capital and operational – of running workloads on-premises.

ASR enables application-aware, one-click migration of heterogeneous workloads from multiple environments – VMware, Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or physical servers – to Azure. OMS, Azure and ASR allow organizations to harness a near unlimited amount of compute and storage, combining the agility that you need to innovate quickly, while seamlessly leveraging and extending infrastructure investments.

Learn how customers can migrate their VMware, Hyper-V, Physical or AWS workloads to Azure below.

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With ASR, customers can migrate heterogeneous workloads and solve IT challenges with the power of Microsoft Azure:

  • Reduce the burden on IT and lower costs for your on-premises infrastructure by decreasing demand on internal resources and infrastructure
  • Control where you run apps and store data for a true hybrid experience
  • Leverage Azure, a scalable and reliable platform, for both Tier 1 and Tier 2 workloads
  • Increase datacenter agility with on demand, near-limitless cloud scalability

ASR’s tested and proven migration capabilities are available for a wide range of workloads including Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server:

  • Move applications with near-zero downtime: Move a single application or an entire datacenter to the cloud with minimal impact to production users
  • No-impact migration testing: Replicate production workloads into Azure, execute tests to ensure readiness, then onboard users into the cloud for no-impact migration
  • Replicate data once, for migration or recovery: With ASR, you replicate application data only once, and can then use that data to perform disaster recovery, migrate workloads, or create DevTest environments in Azure

The table below lists the different on-premises source environments that can now be migrated to Azure with ASR:

Source Target Availability Supported Guest OS Types
Hyper-V 2012 R2 Azure GA All Guest OS types supported by Azure
Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1 and 2012 Azure GA Supported 64-bit operating system:· Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1+· Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7· CentOS 6.5, 6.6,6.7· Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.4, 6.5 running either the Red Hat compatible kernel or Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK3)· SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
VMware vCenter Server 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 ESXi 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 and Physical Servers Azure GA
Amazon Web Services (Windows AMIs only) Azure GA Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1+

Check out the following resources to learn more about migrating workloads to Azure with Azure Site Recovery: