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This guide provides experienced developers and information technology (IT) professionals with detailed guidance on how to migrate their data-centric applications to Windows Azure Cloud Services, while also providing an introduction on how to migrate those same applications to Windows Azure Virtual Machines. By using this guide, you will have the planning process, migration considerations, and prescriptive how to’s needed for a positive migration experience.
Part 1: Planning and Implementing a Migration
Overview of the Migration Life Cycle
Provides step-by-step instructions for migrating your applications and data to Windows Azure.
Planning a Migration
Provides a walk through on several concerns and steps you should consider as you plan a migration to Windows Azure.
Implementing the Migration Plan
Provides guidance on the final steps of migration to Windows Azure.
Part 2: Migration Considerations, Best Practices, and How To
Migrating with Windows Azure Virtual Machines
Provides an overview on the Windows Azure Virtual Machines (VM) and guidance on how you can migrate your existing SQL Server databases to Windows Azure using SQL Server in a Windows Azure Virtual Machine.
Migrating with Windows Azure Cloud Services
Provides an overview on the Windows Azure Cloud Services and guidance on how to migrate your existing applications and databases to Windows Azure using the functionalities provided by the Windows Azure Cloud Services platform.