Migrating Kentico to the Microsoft Azure Platform

By Zesty

Simply Zesty helped South West College to migrate their Kentico powered website from a physical server environment to the Azure cloud hosting environment provided by Microsoft.

Why Azure ?

The South West College web site was developed in Kentico version 8 which is Azure ready. South West College made the decision to move to the Azure platform on the based on the fact that Kentico was Azure ready and the need to ensure their site was hosted on a robust, scalable, secure and enterprise ready platform.

In 2011 Kentico became the first CMS to be certified for Microsoft Azure. Out of the box Kentico Kentico supports all the Azure website services on offer from the Microsoft Cloud and can be installed on Azure via a single installation without the headache of extra configuration and coding.

The Migration

South West College approached Simply Zesty and tasked us with migrating the existing college Kentico website from its present single stage server platform to a multi stage solution residing on windows azure platform which includes “development” “staging” and “production” environments.

Technical Delivery & Project Management

The entire process was wrapped in Simply Zesty’s technical project management process to ensure a smooth transition to Azure. Simply Zesty created a migration plan framework that ensured all parties associated with the project were informed on their roles and responsibilities. At a very high level the stages of the project were as follows:

  1. Setup and configure Azure environment
  2. Migration and deploy code, database and assets to Azure staging environment
  3. Conduct factory test and user acceptance testing
  4. Implement a content population freeze
  5. Migration and deploy code, database and assets to Azure live environment
  6. Conduct final user acceptance testing on the live environment
  7. Implement DNS switch to Azure environment

The End Result

South West College now a fully functioning Kentico 8 website hosted on the Microsoft Azure infrastructure. Simply Zesty are delighted to be involved in the migration to Azure as this project carries on with a strong tradition of working with Educational Authorities across Ireland.

Please get in touch with us if you would you need to migrate your current website to the Azure platform.