imageLooking to simplify your cloud migration planning? If so, you will want to check out the newly released Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 Beta. This new version of the MAP Toolkit brings several new features to help you in your cloud migration planning, including:

  • Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Onboarding – Provides consolidation guidance and validated configurations with preconfigured Hyper-V Fast Track Infrastructures including computing power, network, and storage architectures. Get a quick analysis of server consolidation on Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Infrastructures to help accelerate your planning of P2V migration to Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track. Each assessment also provides guidance on next steps using Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track.
  • Discover Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers for migration to SQL Server - MAP 6.5 Beta adds to the heterogeneous database inventory and reporting capability with Oracle compete and the discovery of Oracle instances on Itanium-based servers with HP-UX to assist in the planning of migration to SQL Server. Reporting also provides an estimate of the complexity of migration and suggests candidates for migration to SQL Server. Use this information to determine total cost of ownership for maintaining Oracle and the potential return on investment (ROI) from switching to SQL Server.
  • Assess your software usage and evaluate your licensing needs - The Software Usage Tracking feature in MAP 6.5 includes enhancements in terms of product coverage and the ability to track active Windows devices. The Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) scenario measures server and client usage for the FEP product, a recent addition to the Microsoft Core Client Access License (CAL) Suite. Active Devices is a new inventory scenario that allows organizations to report Windows devices that are active on the network. This information is useful in Enterprise Agreement scenarios.

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