Published: September 18th, 2018

As Microsoft’s aging server operating system and a database management system face an impending end, Turbonomic is using the opportunity to unveil its latest cloud assessment and migration capabilities for Azure.

Microsoft has announced plans to discontinue technical support for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008, meaning anyone still on those systems will need to migrate over to Azure. Turbonomic has attached new reserved instance (RI) – also known as pre-paid capacity – purchasing capabilities for Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit and Azure Site Recovery (ASR) integration, meaning customers’ journey to the cloud can be completed with surgical precision.

One of the biggest mistakes organizations make when migrating to the cloud is allocating more free space to improve performance than actually required, which leads to exorbitant costs, said Bob Wambach, Turbonomic’s vice-president of product marketing. Figuring out what kind of RI one should purchase is complex and usually takes months, and if the wrong investments are made, an organization can end up spending way more than needed due to pre-paid RIs going to waste.

“This is one of the big shocks that customers get when they migrate to the cloud. They suddenly realize the cloud is far more expensive than they had anticipated,” he told CDN.

Turbonomic’s latest RI capabilities for Azure uses an algorithm that produces a detailed analysis of what an organization’s requirements are on premises first, and then calculates the best way to run those workloads, and minimize those costs, on the cloud.

Wambach says Turbonomic is now one of Microsoft’s preferred partners for helping customers migrate to Azure.

“Microsoft is really applying policies to direct customers to Azure,” he said, adding the tech giant is leaning on its partner community to facilitate that goal. Wambach pointed to Canadian partners Long View Systems, Quisitive and Softchoice as examples of companies helping customers migrate to Azure in Canada.

“Canada has been fairly aggressive when it comes to adopting cloud and container technologies,” he said. “We are fortunate enough to not only have strong partners there, but a lot of our technical leaders are located in Canada.”