moving servers to Azure

Hi, our management has asked us to look into what it will take to move our critical servers from on-premise (physical and VMs (Vmware) to the Microsoft Azure platform.  Our critical servers are the MS Exchange which is a VM and the SQL 2010 Server which is physical.  We also have our remote desktop server which is a VM and File Server which is a VM. our DC is a physical box.
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
My recommendation would be to move to Office 365 and for the rest, migrate to Azure.  You could run Federated Service between Office 365 and rest of your infrastructure in Azure. This way you can utilize your AD credentials for email.  The only difference with this infrastructure will be that you will be at the mercy of the Internet whereas traditionally you relied on a private WAN.
nutekconsultantAuthor Commented:
Hi Mohammed so the Exchange Server can be moved to the Office 365 - sorry that is what I left out - I will propose that.
But for the SQL and the File Server (we have about 3 different file servers, and 2 Remote Desktop Server's...)
Also for the SQL and File Server, RDP Server.. is there a method in how to Migrate them to the Azure?  
my SQL is a physical Server
the FIle Servers are all VMs running off ESXi 5.1 and the RDP Server is a VM as well
is there a utility or something which does the migration?
im a newbie on this, so excuse my novice questions.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do not MOVE or Migrate them, ENSURE, you can run ON-PREMISE and CLOUD solutions.

Also Azure is a Consumer based CLOUD offering, meaning if you get downtime, you'll get very little back in compensation!

So check before you jump....

If you are already a VMware vSphere user, you are already done, look at vSphere Hybrid Cloud Services, you can "migrate" to and from the cloud.....

e.g. you can get your data back easily....


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