Microsoft launches Azure VMware Solution


The solution will empower organizations in the UAE and across the region to achieve greater efficiency and better cost optimization when migrating and running VMware workloads on Microsoft Azure.

During an exclusive Microsoft summit, held in partnership with Intel at the Theatre of Digital Art in Dubai, Microsoft has unveiled Azure VMware Solution. It is a fully managed Microsoft service running on VMware validated Azure infrastructure, that empowers organizations to seamlessly extend or completely migrate their existing on-premises VMware applications to Microsoft Azure with minimal disruptions. The service is available through Microsoft’s hyperscale cloud data centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

“The current economic environment presents several challenges for organizations operating on outdated systems. By seamlessly migrating to the cloud with Azure VMware Solution, they are primed and ready to leverage the latest developments in cutting-edge technologies such as AI to drive innovation across the board. We are excited to provide this transformative service through our state-of-the-art data centers in the UAE and we look forward to working with organizations across industries as they accelerate their cloud implementation efforts,” shared Naim Yazbeck, General Manager, Microsoft UAE. 

During the summit, Microsoft and Intel experts demonstrated how organizations of all sizes can migrate their workloads to the cloud with full confidence and peace of mind with the VMware Rapid Migration Plan, which provides a comprehensive set of licensing benefits and price protection, particularly for Windows and SQL Server users. Similarly, they also highlighted how customers can achieve significant cost savings, while modernizing and maintain a flexible hybrid environment with Azure Hybrid Benefit. The solutions come as part of Microsoft’s commitment to empowering organizations across the region to reap the full benefits of Microsoft’s trusted cloud and accelerate their innovation and digital transformation journey.

Taha Khalifa, General Manager at Intel ME shared, “They recognize the many benefits of migrating to a full cloud setup such as improved scalability, security, and reliability, but are hesitant to take that leap due to fear of lengthy periods of downtime affecting their business operations and the associated costs impacting their bottom line. Azure VMware Solution is designed to help them take that leap and transition to an environment that helps them maximize their business impact.”

The Azure VMware Solution enables organizations to migrate and maintain their existing VMware skills and operational processes to Azure, without the added cost, effort, and risk of re-architecting applications or retooling operations. In addition to enhancing an organization’s cloud efficiency, the service also allows IT teams to access and leverage a wide range of native Azure services and tools across Microsoft’s Security, Data, and Artificial Intelligence stacks.

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