Why Move Domino Workloads to Microsoft Azure

Many of our clients are choosing to migrate their Domino workloads to Microsoft Azure. This could be anything from their email, identity, and file storage to their physical and virtual machines, SQL servers, and custom-built web applications. Reason being, running these types of workloads from the cloud is often better for your budget—and for your business all around. Here are some of the top benefits organizations see when they make the shift.

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Benefit 1: Free up your budget

Moving your physical servers to the cloud can help free up your budget. That’s because this often shifts funds from capital expenses to operating expenses. As this table shows, there are many business and tax benefits to paying for IT resources as an operating expense instead of a capital expense.



Capital Expense (CapEx)

Operating Expense (OpEx)


Buying assets with useful life greater than the current year

Ongoing costs to run the business

When paid


Monthly / Yearly

When accounted for

Over the useful life of the asset – as the asset depreciates (3 to 10 years)

In the current month or year

Listed as

Depreciation, equipment, or property

Operating cost

Tax treatment

Deducted over time as the asset depreciates

Deducted in the current tax year


Buying new servers, network hardware, or software for a datacenter

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering from Microsoft Azure


As you can see, capital expenses tend to tie up financial assets for several years. Plus, you have to pay these up front, and they’re not calculated based on actual usage. Operating expenses for cloud workloads are attractive because they don’t require a substantial cost up front. So, they free up financial assets for other organizational investments. Also, the cost of running IaaS is based on how much of the workload you actually use, not on how much you expect your maximum usage could be.

Benefit 2: Keep your systems available

These days, employees often expect to be able to work 24/7. They don’t have time for downtime, whether planned or not. The cloud makes it much easier to set up and manage things like failover clusters, replicated servers, and even redundant energy sources. So no matter what’s going on in the back end, you keep your business going strong.

In Azure, you can do this in a couple of ways. You can either create a failover cluster or an active/passive mirrored cluster. That is, you would have two mirrored Domino Servers: one is active and the other is passive. So when one Domino Server is unavailable, you switch over to the mirror.

Benefit 3: Stay ready for the unexpected

The cloud also makes it easier for organizations to stay ready for more serious incidents or disasters. It can help keep your IT systems running during an event—or at least recover more quickly. To keep your enterprise running smoothly, Azure Site Recovery is backed by a 99.9 percent SLA and 24x7 support.

How it works: You can continuously replicate the data of an Azure virtual machine to a secondary Azure region. Then if you do run in to a serious incident or disaster, start a failover and use any recovery point.

Benefit 4: Keep security sky high

Security is a major concern and a regulatory requirement for all organizations. So it’s also a huge focus for cloud providers, too. The good news is that large cloud providers like Microsoft are delivering higher security than many organizations can manage on their own. As an example, Microsoft regional datacenters are protected by layers of defense-in-depth security that include perimeter fencing, video cameras, security personnel, secure entrances, and real-time communication networks.

With Azure, you have a lot of control over how you set up security on your workloads and assets. Azure lets you:

  • Do continuous monitoring of servers, networks, and applications to detect threats
  • Manage user identities and credentials plus control access
  • Set up multi-factor authentication
  • Encrypt data in transit with industry-standard protocols
  • Control cryptographic keys and other secrets used by cloud apps and services in the Azure Key Vault
  • Encrypt data before putting it into Azure and store keys in an on-premises datacenter
  • Use Azure Rights Management Services for file- and data-level encryption and to prevent unintentional or deliberate leakage of data by authorized users
  • Extend your on-premises network to the cloud via a site-to-site virtual private network or a dedicated wide area network link

These are just a few of the many ways Azure helps keep your sensitive data safe.

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To get to these benefits faster, many organizations choose to partner with a migration expert. See more about how we can help you modernize Domino applications. Or get in touch to chat about how we can help.