Push existing server out to the cloud

Hi There

I am working in a school at the moment and I'm getting a bit worried about the state of the server. It is working fairly well at the moment, but it is old. There was a re-install of server 2003 about 18 months ago and there was additional ram added. However the hardware is about 8 years old, and there is not replication going on.

What I am equiring about is trying to push the server, as is, out to the cloud. I presume that if this can be done it would be only with Azure, but maybe it could be done with google server space with virtualization. I don't know.

They have a 100mb up and down connection with their broadband.

Any help or ideas would be very much appreciated.
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David CarrCommented:
I just used a free trial of Azure earlier this year to test and evaluate it. It was efficient and worked well. You could sign up for a 30 day trial of Azure at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/

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Shalom CarmelCTOCommented:
The big question is what is the server used for.
Is it a file server? A print server? AD? Exchange? Sharepoint? All of them on a single server?

File servers use CIFS/SMB which is very chatty and very sensitive to latency, ergo does not like long distances.

A print server must be connected to the printers on premise.

AD should not serve as a primary from the cloud - you will find the performance intolerable. It is good from the cloud only for DR.
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