Azure VMware Solution: A smart move for cost stability and cloud innovation

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As we’ve been closely monitoring the changes due to Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware, it’s become evident that many companies may need to brace for an increase in costs due to licensing and contracting changes. There’s also some turbulence around VMware's Cloud Services Provider (VCSP) program, with recent changes

But as it often is, a change is also an opportunity. 

What’s the opportunity here?

Azure VMware Solution (AVS) is more than just a cost-effective alternative; it’s your bridge to the cloud and a world of innovation. It’s a chance for you to not only stabilise costs but also unlock a suite of cloud-native services and modernisation opportunities within Azure.

Another important aspect to mention is the skills and continuity aspects, ensuring the stability of operations with minimal changes and risks. As it’s the platform we already know, we can also continue to leverage the VMware skills and expertise we’ve gained over time.

How does AVS help with cost stability? 

Azure VMware Service integrates VMware licensing into the offering, effectively transferring the licensing and pricing risks to Microsoft. Businesses can maintain cost stability with Reserved Instances, providing predictable costs for 1, 3 or even 5 years. 

Additional cost benefits are available by leveraging Azure Hybrid Use Benefit and free Extended Security Updates for Windows Server and SQL Server.

How easy is it to move VMware to Azure?

The proven migrate-manage-modernise approach with Nordcloud simplifies the migration to AVS:

  1. Assessment and Planning: Our experts assess your VMware stack, evaluate your current and future Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and craft a personalised migration plan.
  2. Mass migration: Fast, risk-free mass migrations with minimised or no service interruptions. The use of existing VMware solutions (such as vSphere, vSAN, and NSX-T) means upskilling and process related updates are kept at a bare minimum – and you can keep all your existing IP addresses when migrating to AVS. This means relocating VMware workloads to AVS is one of the fastest and least complicated migration methods.
  3. Managed AVS: Nordcloud’s Managed Services can lift the management responsibilities from your organisation’s IT team and take care of your Azure VMware Solution so that you can focus on your core business processes. We’ll keep your Azure VMware platform updated, optimised and running smoothly.
  4. Cloud-Native Modernisation: Post-migration, we guide your transition to Azure’s services and AI, maximising the benefits and enhancing operational efficiencies.

What does this mean for your business?

The move to AVS is not just about cost savings; it’s about empowering businesses to become more agile, resilient, and innovative. 

It means you’ll:

  • Enjoy a migration to VMware on Azure with no change in technology
  • Gain clarity on current and future TCO, and achieve a lower TCO with cloud efficiencies
  • Get improved disaster recovery options
  • Benefit from a Microsoft managed service, running on VMware validated Azure infrastructure
  • Gain access to native Azure cloud services, like Virtual Desktops
  • Benefit from Azure native capabilities like Defender for Cloud and Monitoring
  • Get fixed pricing for up to 5 years (limited time offer, see details here)

With these benefits and advantages, scenarios such as data centre exit, infrastructure refresh and application modernisation become much more feasible.

Time to move? We’re here to help. 

As an audited Microsoft Azure VMware Solution specialised partner, Nordcloud is proven to have the skills, capabilities and delivery references. With over 1,700 Microsoft certifications and 400+ certified Azure experts in-house, we’re able to deliver a superior migration experience and support your cloud and AI journey every step of the way.

The transition to Azure VMware Solution offers cost predictability and a platform for continuous innovation. Partnering with Nordcloud ensures a fast, simple, and low-risk journey from on-premises VMware to Azure, positioning your business for success in the cloud and AI era.

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Let’s discuss how we can help with your cloud journey. Our experts are standing by to talk about your migration, modernisation, development and skills challenges.

Ilja Summala
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