For more than 25 years, businesses in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) have chosen Windows Server and SQL Server to run their critical workloads. Increasingly, they are moving those workloads to the cloud to support innovation and digital transformation.
This is part of a larger trend towards cloud adoption in the region. ANZ enterprises had 43% of their IT systems and 43% of their business functions in the cloud in 2020. Those figures are expected to grow to 52 % and 53% respectively, in 2022, according to the Infosys Cloud Radar 2021 report. In fact, the report says the region currently ranks joint-first with the United States in cloud adoption.
With end of support for SQL Server 2008 on July 9, 2019, and for Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020, migration decisions take on even greater urgency.
Enterprise customers are choosing Azure for their Windows Server and SQL Server workloads. In a 2019 Microsoft survey of 500 enterprise customers, customers asked about their migration plans for Windows Server, said they were 30% more likely to choose Azure.