Simplify your modernisation journey from Windows

Plan for the future while reducing your Microsoft licensing dependency.  Get all you need to migrate, optimise and modernise your legacy platform.  Migrating and optimising your legacy applications to the cloud to reduce Microsoft license expenses can be hard.  With Microsoft on Google Cloud, you can bring your Microsoft and Windows licenses and applications to Google Cloud and get scalable infrastructure to help you improve agility and cost-efficiency.

Drive a strategy for migration, optimisation, and modernisation

Bring your own licences

In addition to on-demand licenses, Google Cloud provides you with flexibility for bringing your existing licenses and running them on Compute Engine. Use Sole-Tenant Nodes to run on dedicated hardware with configurable maintenance policies to support your on-premises licenses while maintaining workload uptime and security through host-level live migration.

License-included VM images

You can deploy your Windows applications (including SQL Server) on our fully tested images with bundled licenses on Compute Engine and take advantage of many benefits available to virtual machine instances such as reliable storage options, the speed of the Google network, and autoscaling.

Enterprise-class support supported by Microsoft

Google Cloud provides enterprise-class support for Windows workloads running on GCP. Our experts have the backing of Microsoft Premier Support for Partners to help you solve any challenge.

Fully managed SQL Server and Active Directory

Use an easy-to-manage and compatible relational database service in the cloud to reduce operational overhead. Use a highly available, hardened service to manage authentication and authorization for your AD-dependent workloads, automate AD server maintenance and security configuration, and connect your on-premises AD domain to the cloud.

Windows on Kubernetes

Running your Windows Server containers on GKE can save you on licensing costs, as you can pack many Windows Server containers on each Windows node.

Products for running Windows workloads

Choose between a license-included image or bring your own license. Manage workloads yourself or use a fully managed service.

Explore key resources

IDC Infobrief: Modernise your Windows Server Workloads using Google Cloud Platform

In this report the IDC finds that “GCP proves to be an ideal platform for Windows Server-based applications.

Learn more about:

  • Why a better performing cloud platform enables Windows-Server based applications to perform better and more cost-effectively
  • Top challenges and solutions for application modernisation
  • How Google Cloud supports companies moving Windows workloads to the cloud

ESG quantifies benefits of moving Microsoft workloads to Google Cloud

According to the ESG study, customers that move Windows workloads to Google Cloud can see the following benefits:

  • Significantly reduced licensing and hardware costs—from 32% to to 88% depending on workload
  • Improved agility and a better customer experience, for example, 65% improved load times
  • Reduced risk and an improved security posture
  • The ability to leverage managed services for license usage and manageability efficiency