What Is It And Why Should You Care?
A cloud computing platform is meant to build, deploy, and manage applications/services via a managed data centre network – Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s version of the Cloud.
And when it comes to cloud computing, Microsoft Azure has elbowed its way to the front of the line. Though, many business owners often require more justification for migrating their business processes to Azure. So, that’s exactly what we’re going to do in this blog: we’ll give you an introduction to the business benefits of the cloud computing industry leader.
Why bother at all? Well, once the benefits of Azure start being utilised by growing businesses, the ROI becomes clear and you can continue to move processes into Azure with full confidence.
Any growing business is required to pivot according to changing needs. Azure is great if your business needs to get new infrastructure online for a big project, and you need to do it quickly without the hefty costs of buying your own hardware and licensing additional software.
Having the ability to start up a virtual desktop with specialised software, and only pay for the time that it’s needed, can allow you to secure bigger deals at a speed that’s impossible to achieve with traditional IT infrastructure.
It used to take weeks to install new servers, switches and cabling. Now, it’s a matter of loading up a desktop. Microsoft Azure’s speed of deployment, speed of operation, scalability and functionality simply can’t be matched by on-premises or even other cloud providers.
This freedom means that during seasonal dips, resources can be reduced, lowering costs during a difficult financial period. And when business picks up, resources can be scaled back up as needed. There is no restructuring of infrastructure needed.
With Azure, The Agility Doesn’t Stop There
Businesses using Azure have the ability to cost-efficiently test new solutions and their impact without expensive outlay or setting up complex infrastructure.
By doing this, you can choose to tactically scale in areas that provide the best business outcomes. With innovation being essential to all business, this has a huge impact. And as a business owner, this should be music to your ears.
With 600+ features it’s important to optimise Azure to best suit your business – one size certainly doesn’t fit all.
Data Storage Doesn’t Have To Be A Headache
The longer a company is in business, the more data they accumulate. Over time, data is accessed less and less and is eventually given archive status. To accommodate all this archived data, businesses can purchase additional hardware or opt for cloud storage.
Data growth doesn’t have to be a headache for you and your business – Azure’s storage solutions allow businesses to store large amounts of data and lets users access that data from anywhere in the world via any internet connected device.
Avoiding hardware costs is why many businesses opt for the cloud, but there is another factor: the data stored on Microsoft servers are in compliance with GDPR regulations. You are able to pass on liability and let Microsoft do the heavy lifting.
Azure Has Automated Tools For Failover And Disaster Recovery:
The topic of Disaster Recovery has to be considered business critical. If a company is separated from their data for even a day, there can be enormous legal consequences and operational delays.
Disaster recovery features you get with Azure:
- Regional and global failover options
- Hot and Cold Standby models
- Rolling reboot capabilities
These capabilities put them far beyond the plain-old storage option. All of which can work straight out of the box.
Bonus Benefit – Analytics Support
Azure has built-in support to analyse data and derive insights which help in managed SQL services, Machine Learning, Stream and Cortana Analytics. Thus, your business decisions are made smarter leading to new, more profitable opportunities.
Figuring out which Microsoft Azure solutions are right for your business starts by reviewing your existing IT infrastructure.