Customers Migrate, Modernize and Simplify with Azure VMware Solution


By Henrik Gütle, General Manager, Microsoft Azure

As business priorities continue to shift in response to the pandemic, whether it’s to accommodate remote workforces, scale in growth or become more agile – organizations are looking for ways to rapidly expand their critical infrastructure to the cloud. Azure has always been hybrid by design, providing customers consistency and flexibility in meeting their business needs and empowering them to invent with purpose. This is why many of the world’s leading brands trust their businesses on Azure and also why we continue to work with other industry leaders to evolve our offerings. Last month, Microsoft launched the availability of Azure VMware Solution in Canada to meet the growing cloud computing demands of customers across the country.

Seamlessly extend and migrate VMware workloads to Azure
Designed, built and supported by Microsoft, the Azure VMware Solution (AVS) enables customers to move or extend on-premises VMware environments to Azure with reassurance that their workloads are backed by multi-layered security and minimal complexity. By leveraging this solution, businesses can keep managing their existing environments with the same VMware tools they already know while modernizing their applications with Azure services.

With Azure VMware Solution, our customers are seeing value from these three key benefits:

  • Extending their VMware environment with Azure to increase productivity with elasticity, scale and fast provisioning cycles, while seamlessly accessing other Azure resources.
  • Using existing VMware investments with Azure to get on-demand access to additional capacity when consolidating, retiring or expanding their existing data centres.
  • Unmatched cost efficiency for Microsoft customers leveraging Azure Hybrid Benefits and free Extended Security Updates on 2008 versions of Windows Server and SQL Server, only available on Azure.

An industry leading partnership
It’s exciting to see Microsoft and VMware – two global leaders in cloud computing – come together to deliver a high quality, integrated solution that ultimately offers the best of both platforms to better serve our mutual customers. Together, we’re focused on delivering solutions that meet businesses where they are today, especially in a time when speed, simplicity and skill-retention are critical.

“We are constantly looking for ways to evolve the cloud journeys of our customers without disrupting their business or innovation,” says Peter Near, National Director, at VMware Canada. “Azure VMware Solution enables organizations to migrate and modernize at their own pace by giving them access to the VMware tools they already know on Microsoft infrastructure they can trust.”

Since announcing availability, together with VMware we’ve supported our mutual customers across all industries including retail, energy and manufacturing to leverage the Azure VMware Solution and enable continuity, resiliency and cost efficiency for their businesses. And as organizations continue to digitally transform, we look forward to delivering the best, most secure and functional cloud options available.

For more on the Azure VMware Solution and how it can benefit Canadian businesses, Microsoft and VMware will be hosting a virtual event next Wednesday, February 10th at 1:00pm EST / 10:00 am PST. Sign up here for the English event and here for the French event.

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