Azure Innovation Services
Providing expert consulting for customers who wish to modernise an application using Azure native services without having to make a wholesale redevelopment to the application.
Don’t build on Azure, build for Azure
Migrating and modernising applications to leverage Azure native services requires a number of different skills and extensive experience.
Understanding how to create best practice approaches and solutions for handling micro-services and replacing legacy components with Azure services will require the experience of a partner who has been through the process before and works closely with Microsoft to apply best practices.
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As a Microsoft Azure Expert MSP you can count on us to get the job done. We've met a stringent set of requirements to become one of only nine UK organisations to hold this accreditation, intended to give customers confidence when selecting a partner to help them meet their digital transformation goals.
A best practice approach to cloud modernisation
Our modernisation services are driven by a team of experts across Infrastructure, DevOps, Security and Data. When it comes to the modernisation of applications our Innovation Services are designed to address the following approaches:
Our innovation projects start with an initial envisioning workshop to gain a greater understanding of the “Art of the Possible” in Azure by delivering a proof of concept environment, where the development and application teams can test and iterate the modernised application stack.
The following areas are discussed in our envisioning workshops:
We will require a guided walkthrough of your application components. This is an open forum where our Azure Engineering team will explore dependencies, features and options to gain an understanding of how malleable the application is.
After we have established an overview of the application the group will explore the key goals for the project which typically focus on areas such as scalability, ease of administration, availability, security, cost and current limitations.
We will offer innovation suggestions and a range of possible options for modernisation in Azure before moving on to the pros and cons, commenting on the development overhead to make the necessary adjustments to the operation of the application.
There will be several short term, plus longer term aspirational options for the modernisation of the application, therefore, it’s necessary to agree what the initial iteration should look like and how this can then be developed to include further modernisation.
POC Solution Design
Once the initial modernisation work and approach has been agreed, we will then produce a costed solution design for the Proof of Concept environment.
Data Platform Modernisation
- Migration of SQL Server to Azure SQL
- Migration of Oracle databases into Azure
- Migration of MySQL to Azure SQL
- Migration of MongoDB to Cosmos DB
- Enterprise deployment of Couchbase
- Optimisation of Cosmos DB
- Modernisation of SSIS and ETL processes
- Data Warehouse design and data modelling
- Performance Tuning
- Datawarehouse / Data Lake modernisation with Databricks
Innovation Squad – Supporting the POC
We have a long history of working with OpenSource technologies and our team boasts some of the UK’s leading authorities on Kubernetes. Our Container Workshop has been designed for development teams to get hands on experience with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) through guided tutorials and challenges.
We find that a one- or two-day workshop can provide customers development teams with a vital understanding of operating within a containerised environment and open up new ideas and opportunities for modernisation.