Bringing cloud computing into your organization is often a gradual process; understanding one’s technology position is key to crafting a transition plan that works for your organization. The Solution Accelerator Team has a range of tools that can help in this regard and they introduced the latest version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit (v6.0) in a recent blog post.

The toolkit delivers a secure, agentless, and network-wide inventory capability which scales from small business to large enterprises and provides three key functions: inventory, compatibility analysis, and readiness reporting. It collects and organizes system resources and device information from a single networked computer. While assessment tools often require users to first deploy software agents on all computers to be inventoried, this tool does not. Instead, MAP uses technologies that are already available in your IT environment to perform the inventory and assessments.

Organizations planning their journey to the cloud now have a tool to help make the planning process easier and faster. The MAP Toolkit 6.0 includes assessment capabilities to evaluate workloads for both public and private cloud platforms. With MAP 6.0, organizations now have the ability to identify workloads and estimate the infrastructure size and resources needed for both Windows Azure and Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track. Also, new to MAP 6.0, is an Office 365 client assessment, enhanced VMware inventory, and Oracle schema discovery and reporting. Expanded assessment and discovery capabilities from MAP help organizations simplify planning for their next migration project.

You can learn more about MAP 6.0 < HERE > but in summary, the Map Toolkit 6.0 offers new features and benefits and increases manageability through its ability to:

  • Analyze application portfolios for a move to the Windows Azure Platform.
  • Accelerate private cloud planning with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track onboarding.
  • Identify migration opportunities with heterogeneous server environment inventory.
  • Assess client environments for Office 365 readiness.
  • Determine readiness for migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 9.
  • Discover heterogeneous database instances for migration to SQL Server.

 Download the MAP Toolkit 6.0

Already have feedback on MAP 6.0?  Please send questions and comments to mapfdbk@microsoft.com.

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