Critical Considerations When Moving Your Data-Centric Workloads to Azure


Migrating an existing on-premises application to the cloud can be a daunting task that consists of many complicated steps. In this two-hour seminar, our focus is on the most important steps of the process—the preparation that leads up to the actual move to Azure.  From there, we’ll also spend time discussing the migration and post-migration elements of a migration project, so that you can effectively conduct future migrations.

The seminar takes you through deep dives into the most critical considerations for moving your databases to the Microsoft Data Platform in Azure, especially SQL Server. We will focus on migrating on-premises SQL Server enterprises to hybrid or fully cloud-based Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instances. We will cover:

  • Forecasting costs—how to forecast the cost of your migration and properly assess the architectural choices that impact your OpEx expenses, from Elastic Pools to auto-tiering
  • Why service and system monitoring are essential to long-term success
  • How Azure features and services can mitigate (or increase) technical debt, unleashing your Dev teams for maximum value or forcing them to maintain outdated legacy systems
  • The often-overlooked aspects of migrations—team talent and temperament, project management, and KPIs
  • Security, compliance, privacy, and the law
  • The importance of cleansing your data before migrating to the cloud
  • Why and how documenting your data sources and metadata is critical to success
  • Choosing from many different tools and techniques to move the actual data from on-premises to the cloud
  • How to test data for fidelity and why it is crucial
  • How to maintain parallel systems during transitional phases, including hybrid systems and full transitions to the cloud


You’ll also see demos of native features and tools in the Microsoft Data Platform, both on-premises and in Azure, that help you to process, move, and validate data. And we’ll briefly show the powerful tools of the SentryOne product set that can mitigate the pain of a migration to the cloud.


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Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline

Principal Program Manager, SentryOne

Kevin (@kekline) serves as Principal Program Manager at SentryOne. He is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a renowned database expert, software industry veteran, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, and long-time blogger at blogs.sentryone.com/author/kevinkline. As a noted leader in the SQL Server community, Kevin blogs about Microsoft Data Platform features and best practices, SQL Server trends, and professional development for data professionals.

John Savill

John Savill

Cloud Solutions Architect, Microsoft

John Savill has been working with Microsoft technologies for over 25 years, when he first stumbled across Windows NT by accident when Ctrl+Alt+Delete did not give him the expected response but rather popped up a strange security dialog. John is an 11-time Microsoft MVP, CISSP, Azure Solutions Architect and Azure DevOps Engineer Expert in addition to being certified on Azure administration, data engineering and security engineering. John specializes in Azure AD, Azure compute, storage, networking in addition to container technologies. In his spare time, John recently completed his 9th book on Microsoft technologies, Microsoft Azure Infrastructure for Architects, and has authored over 50 courses on Microsoft technologies at Pluralsight, many of which are free as part of a Microsoft-sponsored learning path. John also maintains an active YouTube channel with over 20K subscribers posting many whiteboard and demonstration videos when he finds the time. When not at a computer John enjoys spending time with his family, weight training, and training for full distance Ironman events.

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