With the pandemic mostly behind us, several large economies have opened in some shape or form. This, despite the uneven supply of goods and services and higher than usual energy costs. The higher energy cost and the resulting increase in the cost of doing business, has led to a tighter economic outlook. Coupled with long lead times for required parts and continued remote work, datacenter management is harder and costlier than it has been. However, maintaining and growing any business requires additional information technology (IT) resources. Thus, there is an increased need for IT solutions to maintain business continuity and sustain innovation. Hyperscalers such as Microsoft’s Azure fill this need and are less affected by these constraints due to the economies of scale. Further, the cloud consumption model allows customers to quickly scale resources up or down to support agile businesses. This is why public cloud spend continues to accelerate and the top cloud initiatives for all organizations are migrating more loads, optimizing existing use, andmodernizing through platform as a service (PaaS) or software as a service (SaaS)1.
The customer requirement is to stay competitive, both on the technical and business fronts, to ensure continued success. Technical competency requires an agile and innovative IT platform with data analytics to provide insights that can help differentiate from the competition. It would be ideal if such an innovative platform is available at a lower cost. Incidentally, modernizing existing IT infrastructure, applications, and data to PaaS/SaaS models in the cloud, delivers on all these requirements, leading to a higher return on investment (ROI) for the customer.
The higher efficiency and lower cost due to the adoption of modern cloud-native architectures, such as PaaS and SaaS, also leads to greater levels of flexibility. Thus, setting the stage for the customer to realize greater value as they progress from IaaS to PaaS and onto SaaS models. Pleasedownload our analyst reportfor details on options and value due to application modernization in Azure.
Microsoft’s commitment to modernization
This week at Microsoft Inspire, we are highlighting ourcommitment to modernizationwith integrated, at-scale modernization of ASP.NET applications to Azure Application Service. Also, in preview is Azure Migrate’s support ofdiscovery and assessment of SQL Serverrunning in Microsoft Hyper-V and Physical environments and IaaS services of other public clouds. Please see ourtech community blogfor more details on this, and other Azure Migrate features available for Linux and Windows workloads.