Move on premise to azure or private cloud

I am running a risk at present with on site servers. I would like to get them to s secure location either in a private or public cloud. I am interested to hear from people who have travelled this journey and are familiar with the pitfalls. The private cloud option is costly as there is the initial outlay of multiple VMware hosts a SAN, back software /device and the usual network redundancy. I have multiple sites all with on prem servers.

I am not up to speed with Azure and will obviously engage with a partner. At a high level what are we looking at e.g setup DC's in azure and then deploy VM's as required? thoughts?
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
I think you need to really compare costs.  We actually just went through the process at our lat refresh, only a couple months ago.  Azure over 5/6 years was 25% more expensive for us, that is a really conservative guess, too much having to guess on traffic and future storage costs.

I personally would recommend a colocation facility.  Yes you need redundancy, but do be fooled into thinking you dont with Azure as well.  They have service outages too, so that could factor into costs.  Depending on your existing layout and equipment it may not make sense to go to the cloud.

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