With Microsoft launching its Azure data centres in South Africa earlier this month, many businesses are considering a move to the Redmond company’s cloud services in earnest.

For many businesses this will be a simple matter but for those with more complex applications and systems the move might prove troublesome.

This is where Blue Turtle comes in. The firm is a Microsoft Data Centre Migration Partner and according to the head of infrastructure and operations, Avash Maharaj, Blue Turtle can help customers not only migrate to Azure data centres but also optimise their workloads.

“The challenge for customers is to determine what can be moved, migrate systems quickly and efficiently, manage the quality of service while avoiding cost overrun, both in the migration and then for on-going cloud use. Through our solutions, services and Microsoft partnership, we are uniquely positioned to be able to provide customers with a fool proof mechanism by which to evaluate cloud opportunities and exploit Azure in a controlled, speedy and cost-effective way,” says Maharaj.

The Blue Turtle head says that what trips companies up when it comes to migrating to cloud services are things like preparing for the process, understanding the costs and securing the required budget.

“Our approach to customers who are looking to migrate workloads into the Microsoft Data Centres is to ensure they get the planning and assessments right, once this is in place we will architect the most appropriate plan for their migration – ensuring that the move is seamless,” Maharaj said.

Blue Turtle uses industry recognised frameworks to assist customers with migration and it is already conducting assessments with local enterprise customers in respect of their move to Azure.

“In 2018 research giant IDC estimated that cloud services in South Africa would generate nearly 112 000 new jobs in the country by 2022 and that spending on public cloud services will nearly triple over the next five years, up from R4.29 billion in 2017 to R11.53 billion in 2022. These figures are huge – but again we caution customers to ensure they map their cloud strategies properly before they take the leap,” concludes Maharaj.

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