So far on our blog series Microsoft Azure costs, we’ve looked at some of the aspects of Azure Storage Pricing, Azure Reservations and Azure Spot Virtual Machines. This week, we’re going to take a look at Azure Migrate Service and the impact it can have on pricing and costs.

How the Azure Migrate Service Works

Initially, the Azure Migrate Service offering focused on enabling users to discover and migrate to VMware virtual machines, Hyper-V virtual machines, and on-premise servers. Today, the Azure Migrate Service has evolved to accommodate more than just “lift-and-shift migration” projects.  For example, the service now allows you to migrate workloads to the Azure Platform as a Service in what is known as a “replatforming migration.”

The top Azure Migrate Service use cases include:

  • Server Assessment
  • Server Migration
  • Azure Database Migration Service
  • Web app migration assistant

Although it is becoming less common to use tools that are not integrated with the Azure Migrate offering, some worth noting are: Movere, which was acquired by Microsoft for server migrations, and Azure Data Box, which helps move massive amounts of data to Azure.

Learn more about Azure Migrate Service, its associated costs and how it can help with your Azure environment in this article in our Azure Cost Optimization Guide.

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