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Looking for an Azure migration proof of concept?

A move to Azure brings a world of possibilities, but it's no secret that the migration journey can be difficult. That's why, in order to manage your move efficiently, you'll need the support of a qualified cloud solutions provider like DSP-Explorer.


Azure Migration: Proof of Concept

DSP-Explorer is a Microsoft Gold partner that specialises in assisting businesses with their migration to Azure and long-term optimization of their infrastructures. Our team of Azure proof of concept experts can help you consider all benefits and maximise your Microsoft Azure in advance and make your migration journey a smooth one.

We'll introduce you to the benefits of Azure without dropping you in the deep end. Our experts will help you kickstart your move to the Cloud by enhancing your knowledge, removing risk meaning you can navigate your Microsoft Azure migration with ease.

With our support, you'll know your migration is in safe hands, allowing  you to fully grow and benefit from the measurable benefits of Cloud adoption, including lower costs, greater agility, and better resource utilisation.

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Stages of Azure Proof of Concept


  • Application review
  • Re-host: Redeploy as-is to cloud
  • Re-factor: Minor changes for cloud optimisation 


  • Agree target areas
  • Agree Application SLAs
  • Select tooling
  • Agree plan


  • Tenancy set up
  • Provision IaaS, PaaS & additional services
  • Migrate App and DB tiers


  • Application connectivity
  • Application performance
  • Application availability 

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DSP-Explorer Microsoft Customers

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"Selecting a company like DSP-Explorer is the best option as you receive a tailored database service. Generalists are not focused on the aspects required.”

Chief Executive Officer | EDM


"We live and breathe this every day but it was really impressive how quickly DSP-Explorer got on board with our systems and processes in order to start delivering results from the outset."

Head of Infrastructure | Zopa


"Our relationship now is so much more than just client-and-supplier; it is a genuine partnership. It’s more valuable to us as it means we grow and develop as an organisation while working with DSP-Explorer."

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Microsoft Azure: Migration Approach

Step 1: Discover

Meet the Applications:

The 5 Rs

Step 2: Plan

Resource and Strategy Management

Step 3: Proof of Concept

Initial Migration Of Workloads

Step 4: Test & Migration

Test, Initiate and Manage your

Migration to Azure

Step 1: Discover

DSP-Explorer will work with you to understand your application and database requirements and dependencies in order to assess the benefits that could be realised from a move to Azure to help build an initial business case.

Once we understand your application requirements we can begin to determine which migration method will best suit your business. This is an important decision, as there are multiple options available depending on your environment and preferences. There are 5 key methods of approaching a cloud migration:

  • Rehost- Redeploy as-is to cloud. 
  • Refactor- Minimally later to take better advantage of the cloud.
  • Rearchitect- Materially alter/decompose Data to services.
  • Rebuild- New code written with cloud-native approach.
  • Replace - Only data is copied to the cloud.

It is also vital to consider the long-term benefits of any movement to the cloud as part of your evaluation.

Step 2: Plan

Comprehensively planning for your migration includes designing its architecture and accommodating all the relevant building blocks and service segmentation. 

This stage also incorporates tasks such as:

  • Building a migration team
  • Identifying the resources required for a successful migration
  • Selecting the right tools for a best-practice solution
    Our plan will highlight the tools we'll use to automate the movement and transparently explain the initiated cloud inventory, including management aspects. You can be sure that your performance, security, resource usage, and costs are in safe hands, and see our plan every step of the way.

Step 3: Proof of Concept

By testing a workload through a Proof of Concept you will be able to determine the capacity required for a major resource allocation to cloud. This will enable you to compare how an application performs running in Azure versus on-premises. Network performance and latency should also be carefully considered here.

Our Azure offering includes:

  1. Azure tenancy setup

  2. Agreed migration of initial workloads

  3. The building of any core IT infrastructure services required to support your workloads - ask one of our expert team for more details of what this can contain.

The final part of this stage should be a documented plan that includes technical details such as the compute capacity and storage; the required virtual network policies; a considered evaluation of the current demand of your on-premises services, accounting for potential growth; and an initial cost evaluation.

Step 4: Test & Migration

Once the Proof of Concept has been amended to fully meet your requirements, and you are confident that Azure is the right fit for your business, DSP-Explorer will move forward to the migration process. We will:

  1. Plan your deployment & draw up a Statement of Work (SoW)

  2. Initiate your deployment into Azure

  3. Conclude the deployment of your workloads into cloud

Once steps 1 and 2 have been completed, the initiation of the Azure Development stage becomes substantially easier. So when you're ready to step into your migration, so are we!