New Delhi, March 16, 2021.

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Migration Program and FastTrack for Azure in India to simplify migration to cloud platforms for organizations.Azure Migration Program, allows organizations to plan and implement Azure migration projects using proven and customized Microsoft cloud adoption methodologies, tools, resources, and best practices.FastTrack for Azureis a no-cost, technical enablement program for seamless migration to Azure, with support for Windows Server, SQL Server, SAP, Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), app modernization, and data analytics.

An effective cloud migration approach is essential for organizations to reimagine their business in a dynamic environment. Severalfactors can impact seamless migration of workload to cloud. Among them arecost of operations, managing multiple servers, disaster recovery, compatibility with existing physical infrastructure, and latency issues. Moreover, organizations have to evaluate data sovereignty related concerns, which are common in highly regulated industries such as financial services, healthcare, and government.With Azure Migration Program and FastTrack for Azure, organizations can get the required support and expertise from Microsoft to make cloud migration simpler and faster.

Azure Migration Program offers, curated, step-by-step training directly from Microsoft and cloud migration specialized partners for planning and implementing every aspect of migration. The program provides comprehensive technical resources and skill building through foundational and role-specific courses to helporganizationsin getting the maximum value from Microsoft Azure and drive long-term success. Organizations can avail free Azure migration tools before, during and after migration, including Azure Migrate a service that helps move workloads to the cloud, quickly and more securely. Azure Migration Program also provides cost-saving offers including Azure credits, Azure Hybrid Benefit and free extended security updates.  

Shivir Chordia, Azure Business Group Lead, Microsoft India, said,“With Azure Migration Program and FastTrack for Azure, weaim to help organizations accelerate their digital transformation and cloud journey with business-tailored guidance and support directly from our engineering teams. Both programs have been designed for organizations in the country to enable them bring innovations to market with agility and resilience by leveraging Microsoft Azure. Through these programs, Microsoft will continue to support Indian industries better engage with customers, empower employees, optimize operations, and innovate products and services.”

Under FastTrack for Azure, organizations are provided with direct assistance from Azure Engineers and Project Managers. It effectively assessestheir architectural needs helping them accelerate deployment of Azure solutions and enables seamless design and deployment of cloud solutions.FastTrack for Azure also provides data center migration, business continuity and disaster recovery, and high-performance computing, among other benefits to organizations.

Through Azure Migration Program and FastTrack for Azure, Microsoft aims to deliver a unified, integrated experience across Azure and partner migration tools, for organizations to identify the right tools for their migration scenario. The programs build on Microsoft’s depth of expertise in helping organizations transition to the cloud seamlesslyand is a continuation of its efforts to help them increase their agility.