Getting Started with Azure VMware Solution

Leverage your existing investment in VMware skills and tools on your journey to cloud.

Cost Savings and Business Benefits

New Technology: The Projected Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Azure VMware Solution.

Vision and Innovation

Raghu Raghuram and Satya Nadella discuss what’s next for cloud technology.

University of Miami Gains Flexibility and DR Resiliency

Learn how this university was able to realize six figures in savings while eliminating needs for networking equipment, storage hardware, and professional services.

Key Capabilities of Azure VMware Solution

Put the continuity, scale and fast provisioning of global Azure infrastructure to work on your VMware workloads.

Disaster Recovery

Use Azure VMware Solution as a rapidly scalable disaster recovery site to protect critical on-premises workloads. VMware Site Recovery Manager automates and orchestrates failover to Azure VMware Solution. Disaster recovery pairing between Azure VMware Solution SDDCs in different Azure regions provides high levels of resiliency, or use Cross-Cloud DR support for failover to or from other hyperscaler clouds for the ultimate in redundancy.

Data Center Consolidation

Get on-demand access to additional capacity when you consolidate, retire or expand your existing data centers. Even better, in your move to Azure, use the same VMware tools you already know from your on-premises environments – including VMware vSphere, vSAN and vCenter. You’re assured of operational continuity when redeploying vSphere-based applications to Azure – without the complexity of refactoring.

Application Modernization

Keep managing your migrated environments with the same VMware tools you already know, while you modernize your applications with native Azure services. With Azure VMware Solution, it’s simple to tackle modernization one step at a time. The VMware Tanzu stack runs on Azure VMware Solution to provide a consistent environment for migrated cloud-native applications and new Kubernetes infrastructure.

Reduced IT Costs

Leverage Azure Hybrid Benefit to bring your Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance to Azure VMware Solution. Receive free extended security updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2012 licenses with Software Assurance for three or more years after the End of Extended Support date. You can reduce costs even further by selecting one- or three-year Reserved Instances for Azure VMware Solution.


Key Components of Azure VMware Solution

Leverage your existing investments, skills and tools
VMware vSphere

VMware vSphere

Run existing applications alongside modern containerized apps on the server virtualization platform geared for modern hybrid cloud.

VMware NSX

VMware NSX

Connect and protect apps across the data center, multi-cloud, bare metal and containers – all from a single pane of glass.

VMware HCX

VMware HCX

Seamlessly extend your on-premises environments into cloud with the tool built for workload rebalancing and business continuity.

VMware vSAN

VMware vSAN

Reduce cost and complexity – while improving business agility – with this enterprise-class storage virtualization software.

Why Azure VMware Solution?

Move faster to cloud by extending your on-premises VMware environments to Azure.

Gain Speed and Scale

Built-in continuity, speed and scale with modern, managed Azure infrastructure.

Leverage Existing Investments

Leverage your existing VMware investments, skills and tools. Maintain operational consistency with familiar technology including vSphere, HCX, NSX and vSAN.

Azure Services Integration

Enhance your workloads with the Azure native management, security, and services.

Solutions for Azure VMware Solution

VMware Tanzu Standard

VMware Tanzu Standard simplifies operation of Kubernetes for multi-cloud deployment, centralizing management and governance for many clusters and teams across on-premises, public clouds, and edge. With support of Tanzu Standard on Azure VMware Solution, customers can run their containerized workloads in the cloud, with consistent operations and management to support their infrastructure and app modernization.

VMware Aria Automation

Deliver Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) on Azure VMware Solution with VMware Aria Automation. VMware Aria Automation is a cloud automation platform that establishes a self-service model for the the delivery of IT services through automation, infrastructure as code and pre-defined policies. Designed to empower DevOps for infrastructure use cases, it provides high level of agility and flexibility for developers, while enabling IT teams to maintain frictionless governance and control.

VMware Aria Operations for Logs

VMware Aria Operations for Logs delivers centralized log management, deep operational visibility, and intelligent analytics for better troubleshooting and security for Azure VMware Solution. With its advanced log analytics for Azure VMware Solution, customers boost operational efficiency, mitigate costs arising from unplanned downtime, and reduce organizational risk by providing visibility into security-related events.

NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi)

Deploy enterprise grade application delivery services with local load balancing, global server load balancing (GSLB) and Web Application Firewall (WAF) for workloads running in Azure VMware Solution. As you extend or migrate your data centers from on-premises to Azure VMware Solution, Avi provides a full featured load balancer providing elastic scalability, cloud native automation, and built-in observability.

Aria Operations

Experience our next-gen platform and deploy predictive operations. Plan, optimize, and scale Azure Cloud VMware Solution with unified visibility across the hybrid cloud. VMware Aria Operations delivers migration planning and cost assessment, continuous performance optimization based on both business and operational intent, efficient capacity management, and proactive remediation across private cloud and Azure Cloud VMware Solution.

VMware Site Recovery Manager for Hyperscalers

Use Azure VMware Solution as your DR site with the flexibility and easy scaling of Site Recovery Manager. Protect critical workloads on your on-premises VMware infrastructure and Azure VMware Solution SDDCs with the enterprise-grade SLAs (RTO and RPO) of Site Recovery Manager. Securely and efficiently run your DR operations at scale in the Azure cloud.


VMware Cloud Director service

VMware Cloud Director service provides a multi-cloud control plane for managing multi-tenancy on infrastructure ranging from on-premises customer data centers, Azure VMware Solution SDDCs, and VMware Cloud services on AWS and Google Cloud.

VMware Tanzu Application Service

VMware Tanzu Application Service is certified on Azure VMware Solution and is the ideal platform for deploying and operating microservices-based apps on a VMware SDDC environment in the Azure cloud. VMware Tanzu Application Service provides a battle-hardened, production-ready app platform that stretches from on-premises to a myriad multi-cloud offerings.

VMware Aria Operations for Networks

Gain end-to-end network visibility, troubleshooting, and predictive analytics that enables application migrations, optimizes network performance with troubleshooting capabilities, and confidently manages the scaling Azure VMware Solution deployments.


VMware Horizon® on Azure VMware Solution delivers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud for virtual desktops and applications.



VMware SD-WAN integrates with Azure VMware Solution to connect end users and edge locations with Azure VMware Solution SDDCs in the Azure cloud —securely, reliably, and efficiently.


Infographic – Cloud Migration with Azure VMware Solution

See how Azure VMware Solution tackles cloud migration challenges to make it the fast path to the Azure cloud for VMware users.

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Veeam Data protection for Microsoft Azure VMware Solution

As the global leader in backup, recovery and data management solutions, Veeam ensures your data is always protected, no matter where it resides. Veeam offers AVS customers the ability to protect workloads on-premises and in an Azure-based cloud.

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Azure VMware Solution in Azure Government Solution Brief

Public sector agencies can run their critical workloads on VMware infrastructure in Microsoft’s trusted cloud built to exceed US Government requirements.

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Manage Multi-Tenancy with VMware Cloud Director service

Learn how Azure VMware Solution supports enterprise multi-tenancy in the VMware Cloud Director service Solution Overview.

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Azure VMware Solution with VMware Cloud Universal FAQ

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the VMware and Microsoft announcement that Azure VMware Solution will be available as part of the VMware Cloud Universal program.

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Licensing Microsoft Software for Azure VMware Solution – Webinar and Report

Licensing Microsoft software in the cloud can be complex. Get answers from the experts at Directions on Microsoft to your questions on licensing Windows Server, SQL Server, and Windows clients in Azure VMware Solution in their recorded webinar and downloadable report (registration required.)

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Infographic - New Technology: The Projected Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft Azure VMware Solution

Through customer interviews and data aggregation, Forrester projects that Microsoft Azure VMware Solution has the following three-year financial impact.

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Become Future Ready

Learn how to support a remote workforce with VDI, quickly scale to improve resiliency, modernize apps and optimize cost.

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VMware SD-WAN Solution Overview

Securely, reliably, and efficiently connect end users and edge locations with Azure VMware Solution SDDCs.

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Infographic – The most cost-effective cloud destination for Microsoft workloads

See the TCO and time savings customers achieve with Azure VMware Solution compared to on-premises data centers or native public cloud.

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Tanzu Standard on Azure VMware Solution Brief

Accelerate application modernization with enterprise-grade Kubernetes on VMware infrastructure in the Azure cloud.

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NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi) on AVS Solution Brief

Deploy a next-generation application delivery fabric with a Software Load Balancer and Intelligent Web Application Firewall for workloads running in Azure VMware Solution.

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Executive Perspectives: VMware and Microsoft in the Cloud

Hear from VMware Vice President, Worldwide Cloud Sales, Hein Hellemons, and Microsoft Vice President, Apps and Infrastructure, Merrie Williamson, as they discuss the VMware and Microsoft partnership, and how Azure VMware Solution is your bridge to becoming Future Ready.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Read through our frequently asked questions for more information about Azure VMware Solution.

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A Pragmatic Take on the Journey to Cloud

Discover how Microsoft and VMware help you chart your own path to cloud, without disruption to your business.

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Run VMware natively on Azure

Find out how this VMware Cloud Verified solution enables you to seamlessly extend and migrate VMware-based workloads from your datacenter to Azure.

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Hybrid Cloud for Virtual Desktops and Applications

Learn how you can connect and access your desktops and applications from anywhere using any device with VMware Horizon on Azure VMware Solution.

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NTT makes VMware part of its cloud-first strategy

This global IT leader achieved migration and TCO savings by moving VMware workloads to Azure VMware Solution.

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Kier Group migrates with zero business disruptions

Azure VMware Solution enabled a rapid and safe move to the cloud for this UK builder.

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Softchoice Modernizes Along with its Customers

This IT solution provider applied the experience its experts delivered to clients when it came time to modernize their own operations with a migration to Azure VMware Solution.

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LIXIL Modernizes with a Move to Azure

Azure VMware Solution and VMware HCX were the keys to the IT modernization and digital transformation success at this Japan-based water and housing products leader.

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Nippon Wealth Life builds their IT strategy on Azure VMware Solution

Azure VMware solution enabled this financial products leader to modernize on Azure infrastructure without changing their VMware platform.

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Sanofi gains speed and agility with Azure VMware Solution

This global pharmaceutical leader relies on Azure VMware Solution as it transforms to a hybrid cloud strategy.

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Snam moves to the cloud with Azure VMware Solution

Learn how this leading European energy infrastructure provider brought hundreds of virtual machines to the Azure cloud in just a few months with no service interruptions.

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Sentara Healthcare Modernizes with Azure VMware Solution

Learn how this leading not-for-profit health care delivery system migrated critical applications to an enterprise-grade cloud platform in order to modernize and support their need to rapidly adopt new technologies.

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Motor Oil Powers Its Own Transformation

Learn how this Greek energy leader uses Azure VMware Solution to help it pursue new renewable energy opportunities and shake up the utilities market.

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Carpetright Modernizes for Business Growth with Azure VMware Solution

Learn how this leading international retailer of carpets, hard flooring, and beds uses the modern and secure infrastructure of Azure VMware Solution to scale up and down as needed.

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Metro South Health Embraces Azure VMware Solution to Enable Agility and Responsiveness to Health Service Needs

Learn how this major provider of high-quality public health services built an efficient and productive hybrid environment with Azure VMware Solution.

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Avianca Takes Wing with Azure VMware Solution

Learn how a well-known South American airline improved security by using Azure VMware Solution.

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Nottinghamshire County Council Works Smarter with Azure VMware Solution

Learn how one of the largest county councils in the United Kingdom saves conversion time and cost with Azure VMware Solution.

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University of Miami Gains Flexibility and DR Resiliency

Learn how this university was able to realize six figures in savings while eliminating needs for networking equipment, storage hardware, and professional services.

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Carhartt Gears Up for Growth with Azure VMware Solution

Learn how this global premium workwear brand established reliable cloud infrastructure for critical workloads with Azure VMware Solution.

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Investors Bank Seamlessly Transforms Its Data Center

Learn how this bank transitioned its infrastructure to the cloud with Azure VMware Solution, allowing them to run VMware workloads natively on Azure

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Discover How Lucky Brand Has Transformed

Learn how this iconic retailer has boosted lifetime customer value by 200 percent and cut IT operating costs by 55 percent.

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