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This article is Part 3 in our Microsoft Azure series.
We have spent a lot of time in previous blogs explaining what Microsoft Azure is and how it is structured. For a recap, it’s a Cloud platform that enables you to no longer invest in hardware. You access your server and software data via an Internet connection to Microsoft’s data center rather than having costly hardware onsite. There are many ways in which you can deploy Microsoft Azure within your business, whether that’s by migrating to Office 365 (because that’s part of Azure too!), your server infrastructure or through a disaster recovery solution.
Now that we have established what it is, we now need to talk about the business benefits of Microsoft Azure and how the investment is worthwhile. We thought in this blog we would put the benefits together so that you can see how your business could achieve more through an Azure deployment.
Benefits of Microsoft Azure
There’s always a misconception that putting your data into the Cloud is not a good idea. This is a myth. Think of your server locked away in its cabinet in your office building. The only thing protecting it is a lock and CCTV, if you have some. If you migrate your server to Azure then it is protected by the spy-movie environment of Microsoft’s data centers. Whether it’s in London, Dublin or one of the other UK sites; your data could not be more secure. Access to the data centers is controlled through two-tier authentication, including proxy card access readers and hand geometry biometric readers. Microsoft also have a global incident response team that work around the clock to deal with any cyber threats as well.
Investing in new infrastructure is always a large investment of capital expenditure. With Azure this is no longer an issue. Instead of replacing your servers every five years you essentially rent your server from Microsoft for a smaller monthly cost making it an operating expenditure like Office 365. You also don’t have to consider the cost of heating, cooling or powering your servers anymore because Microsoft will do it all for you.
One of the great things about Microsoft Azure is that it is scalable and you only pay for what you need. If you choose to host your website in Azure, then a great example of this would be something like Glastonbury or the V Festival. These festival websites experience high levels of traffic at peak times during the year when tickets go on sale and the rest of the time their traffic would be considerably lower. If they implemented hosting in Azure then they would be able to scale their solution based upon traffic increases. It’s the same with many aspects of Azure, if you need more you just scale up and then scale down again when you need to.
4. Hybrid Deployment
Unlike Amazon Web Services’ Cloud only approach, Azure is flexible in it allowing you to do a hybrid deployment. This way you are able to take advantage of your on-premise resources as well as the benefits of the Cloud.
5. Back Up and Disaster Recovery
Backing up your data to the Cloud is both cost-effective and smart. You get 99 years of retention and you don’t have to worry about taking tapes or hard drives offsite. With Site Recovery, Azure’s form of disaster recovery, you can either recover at a secondary site or straight into the Cloud. Azure’s Backup and Disaster Recovery gives you confidence that what needs to happen in the background is happening.
Microsoft makes every effort to ensure that the data in its Cloud is protected. Azure is built around the privacy and security demands of business needs. Microsoft provides the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings compared with any other Cloud service provider. If you work in sectors like legal and finance you can be confident that your data is being stored compliant with regulations.
We’ve summarised our 6 business benefits of Microsoft Azure in the list and slideshare below. If you have questions regarding migration to Microsoft Azure or IT in general please feel free to get in touch.
- Hybrid Capability
- Back up and Disaster Recovery
These are our reasons and benefits of using Microsoft Azure in your business. If you have any questions about Azure then please call 01675 469020 or email email@example.com.
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