The tectonic shift to the cloud continues, and in the latest “Cloud Wars” chapter Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft corporate VP and head of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing revealed that “we’re seeing some of our largest customers move their production SAP workloads to Azure…what’s getting migrated is becoming bigger and more substantial and more mission-critical, and that’s also driving growth as well.”
“We have an increasing repertoire of big mission-critical workloads coming to Azure,” he said. The alignment with SAP for some of these massive migrations is likely a result of the enhanced strategic partnership announced late last year by Microsoft and SAP to allow them to be able to deliver more customer-centric results as the worlds of cloud and on-premises become increasingly intertwined.
And as those huge migrations occur, they don’t happen in isolation.
“When you move a major workload, you definitely have lots of adjacencies that get pulled through with it, because your core workload now has lots of data that sits in the cloud. So it’s natural as a next step for most customers to think about essentially applying a lot of the data technologies to do the analytics against the data that now resides in the cloud.”
On a macro scale, cloud clients fall into three categories:
- A measured approach: “Sometimes customers want to basically append cloud capabilities to what they already have on-prem—so it might just be around adding monitoring management, or backup, or doing disaster recovery using Azure as a secondary site.”
- An aggressive approach: At what Numoto called “the other extreme,” some customers “are really thinking about much more of a cloud-centric model, and are re-architecting their applications and deploying them to Azure, or to Azure Stack if they want more deployment flexibility.”
- A blended approach: “And then there’s a large portion in the middle where customers are really thinking about migrating their workloads to Azure.” In this case, Numoto said, Microsoft offers the Azure Migrate service for shifting virtual machines, a database-migration service, and various partner solutions.
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