Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) 6.0 has been released and it can be downloaded from here:
As I wrote in one of my previous articles, MAP is powerful inventory, assessment and reporting tool that can securely assess IT environments for various platform migrations and virtualization capabilities. This tool is now especially beneficial for organizations planning a move to cloud. Microsoft Assessment and Planning (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.
Anyhow, MAP 6.0 includes many new features and benefits:
- Windows Azure migration portfolio analysis
- Hyper-V Fast Track on boarding
- Expanded heterogeneous server environment inventory
- Office 365 readiness
- Windows Internet Explorer 9 migration assessment
- Oracle schema discovery
Analyze application portfolios for a move to the Windows Azure Platform.
For organizations considering a move to the public cloud, the application evaluation process for migration involves many tools and considerations. The MAP 6.0 Windows Azure migration portfolio analysis feature makes the process easier by providing the ability to quantify and label applications and services in an organization’s IT environment for Windows Azure migration consideration.
The Windows Azure migration portfolio analysis helps organizations:
- Catalog all of the applications in their environment
- Estimate the needed capacity to run their applications on the Windows Azure platform
- Evaluate applications based on migration difficulty
- Stack rank applications in terms of migration suitability
- Obtain a TCO-ROI analysis for the application
Accelerate private cloud planning with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track on boarding.
Organizations can plan their private cloud with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track on boarding, a new assessment available with MAP 6.0.This assessment 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 planning of physical to virtual (“P2V”) migration to Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track. Each assessment also provides guidance on the next steps forward in using Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track.
Identify migration opportunities with heterogeneous server environment inventory.
MAP has expanded its heterogeneous server environment inventory to include VMware Server, vSphere and VMware vCenter. Inventory and reporting of the number of servers and guests deployed and managed by VMware infrastructure helps organizations identify migration opportunities and accelerates the migration planning process. Because SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange run better on Hyper-V, MAP 6.0 has the added capability of identifying Microsoft workloads deployed on VMware guests.
Assess client environments for Office 365 readiness.
For organizations considering a move to the cloud with Microsoft’s award-winning business productivity solutions, MAP 6.0 can help make the planning process easier and faster. MAP 6.0 includes an Office 365 client assessment which evaluates the compatibility of Office suites deployed in their environment with Office 365, via a hardware and software readiness assessment. This assessment helps organizations quickly determine which client computers in their environment are ready to use Office 365. The tool obtains machine level detail about why a given computer is not capable of using Office 365, and identifies whether the Office suites currently being used in your environment are compatible with Office 365.
Determine readiness for migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 9.
Organizations can simplify their migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 9 with MAP 6.0. The MAP Internet Explorer migration assessment—now updated for Internet Explorer 9 migration—inventories an organization’s environment and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX controls, and add-ons, and then generates a migration assessment report and proposal for easier migration to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9.
Discover heterogeneous database instances for migration to SQL Server.
MAP 5.5 included heterogeneous database inventory and reporting capability to help organizations accelerate migration to SQL Server from MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase instances. MAP 6.0 adds to this capability with Oracle schema discovery and reporting of the size and use of each schema. Reporting also provides an estimate of the complexity of migration and suggests candidates for migration to SQL Server. Organizations can use this information to determine the total cost of ownership in maintaining Oracle and the potential ROI from switching to SQL Server.