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Transition from VMware to Azure: A Strategic Move for Modernisation

With the recent changes in VMware’s licensing model, businesses are re-evaluating their IT infrastructure strategies. At Jasco, we recognise this as an opportune moment to transition from VMware to the Azure platform, leveraging its cost optimisation features and modernisation capabilities.

Reference: Broadcom-owned VMware kills the free version of ESXi virtualisation software. Ars Technica. Link

The Shift in VMware’s Licensing Model

VMware, now under Broadcom’s ownership, has made significant changes to its licensing model. The company has ended the free version of its ESXi virtualisation software, as reported by Ars Technica in February 2024. This move has impacted many businesses that relied on ESXi’s free version for their virtualisation needs. Additionally, VMware has shifted to a subscription-based model, aligning more closely with cloud platforms like Azure. This change, highlighted in another Ars Technica article from December 2023, has tested customers and partners who were accustomed to perpetual licence.

Why Transition to Azure?

The transition from VMware to Azure offers several benefits:

  1. Cost Optimisation: Azure’s reserved instances provide significant cost savings compared to on-demand pricing. By committing to a one- or three-year term, businesses can optimise their expenditure and gain better predictability in their IT budgets.
  2. Modernisation: Moving to Azure is not just about changing platforms; it’s an opportunity to modernise your entire IT infrastructure. Azure offers advanced capabilities in AI, machine learning, and data analytics, enabling businesses to innovate and stay competitive.
  3. Scalability and Flexibility: Azure provides unparalleled scalability and flexibility, allowing businesses to adjust their resources as needed. This is particularly beneficial for growing companies or those with fluctuating workloads.
  4. Enhanced Security: Azure’s robust security measures ensure that your data and applications are protected. With features like multi-factor authentication, advanced threat protection, and compliance with industry standards, businesses can operate with confidence.

Focus on Azure VM Platform

At Jasco, our focus is on the Azure VM platform, not just running VMware solutions on Azure. This distinction is crucial for businesses looking to fully embrace a modern cloud environment. By moving away from VMware and adopting Azure VMs, companies can leverage the full suite of Azure’s capabilities and achieve a seamless, integrated IT infrastructure.

Reference: Broadcom ends VMware perpetual licence sales, testing customers and partners. Ars Technica. Link

Navigating Compliance and Security

Compliance is a significant concern for many businesses. Azure’s comprehensive compliance framework helps organisations meet regulatory requirements, including the Australian Signals Directorate’s Essential 8. Jasco can assist in implementing these solutions, ensuring that your business remains compliant and secure.

Partnering with Jasco

Jasco’s expertise as a Microsoft Solution Partner positions us uniquely to help businesses navigate this transition. We offer personalised consultations to develop tailored security roadmaps, managed security services, and SIEM solutions. Our team is dedicated to providing continuous protection and rapid response to security incidents, allowing you to focus on your core business activities.


The end of VMware’s perpetual licence sales and the discontinuation of the free ESXi version mark a significant shift in the virtualisation landscape. However, this change opens up new opportunities for businesses to transition to Azure, optimise costs, and modernise their IT infrastructure.

Are you ready to enhance your cybersecurity and modernise your IT environment with a trusted Microsoft Solution Partner? Contact Jasco today to get started on your tailored security strategy and ensure your compliance needs are met.

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