Earlier this year, we shared how the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.0 can simplify cloud migration planning. Now the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team has made the MAP Toolkit 6.5 available for download.

The new capabilities in the MAP Toolkit 6.5 will help organizations make the journey to the cloud smoother than ever. Find all the details on the download page for the MAP Toolkit 6.5. These two new capabilities were designed specifically with cloud migration in mind:

Identify migration opportunities with heterogeneous server environment inventory. MAP has expanded its heterogeneous server environment inventory to include VMware Server, VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter. Inventory and reporting on the number of servers and guests deployed and managed by VMware infrastructure helps you identify migration opportunities and accelerates the migration planning process. SQL Server, SharePoint Server and Exchange Server run better on Hyper-V, so MAP 6.5 has the added capability of identifying Microsoft workloads deployed on VMware guests.

Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Onboarding, an updated assessment available with MAP 6.5, provides consolidation guidance and validated configurations with preconfigured Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Infrastructures including computing power, network, and storage architectures.

For more information, Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist, John Weston, outlines additional features and benefits of the MAP 6.5 Toolkit in a recent blog, Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 Journey to the Cloud.

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