Hey CheckyourLogs Fans,

Today Microsoft has taken a big swing at it’s competitor VMWare with a free Migration Offering called Azure Migrate.

This Service aims to help customers move VMWare workloads to the cloud including running VMWare in Azure which is super cool.

Corey Saunders – Director of Azure Compute describes it here with this blog post:


Quoted from the Blog Post:

Just as each organization is unique, each organization will take a unique path to the cloud. Whether you are transferring data, migrating infrastructure, modernizing applications, or building a new app, Azure allows you to move to the cloud in a way that makes the most sense for your needs.

As part of this journey, one request I hear frequently is the desire to move existing on-premises VMware workloads to Azure. This includes migrating VMware-based applications to Azure, integrating with Azure, and deploying VMware virtualization on Azure hardware.

A frictionless path to Azure for your VMware environment

Today we are announcing new services to help you at every step of your VMware migration to Azure.

Migrate applications with Azure Migrate. On November 27th, Azure Migrate, a free service, will be broadly available to all Azure customers. While most cloud vendors offer single server migration capabilities, Azure Migrate helps you through the journey of migrating an entire multi-server application across the following phases:

Discovery and assessment. Azure Migrate can discover your on-premises VMware-based applications without requiring any changes to your VMware environment. Azure Migrate offers the unique capability to visualize group level dependencies in multi-VM applications, allowing you to logically group and prioritize the entire application for migration. Through utilization discovery of the CPU, memory, disks, and network, Azure Migrate also has built-in rightsizing to offer size and cost guidance so when you migrate, you can save money.

You can sign up for the Public Preview here:


You can check out a Demo here:

You can test drive it for yourself here with the Hands-on Lab:


Probably the most exciting part of this announcement is the fact that you can run Bare Metal VMWare on Azure in the coming year.

Host VMware infrastructure with VMware virtualization on Azure. Most workloads can be migrated to Azure easily using the above services; however, there may be specific VMware workloads that are initially more challenging to migrate to the cloud. For these workloads, you may need the option to run the VMware stack on Azure as an intermediate step. Today, we’re excited to announce the preview of VMware virtualization on Azure, a bare-metal solution that runs the full VMware stack on Azure hardware, co-located with other Azure services. We are delivering this offering in partnership with premier VMware-certified partners. General availability is expected in the coming year. Please contact your Microsoft sales representative if you’d like to participate in this preview. Hosting the VMware stack in public cloud doesn’t offer the same cost savings and agility of using cloud-native services, but this option provides you additional flexibility on your path to Azure.

Interested in more Corey will be hosting a Webinar on November 28, 2017 – Register here: Webcast on Nov 28 at 10 AM PST where he will share more information about today’s announcements

Thanks, and happy learning,