Microsoft Azure is currently one of the most popular cloud-computing platforms on the web.
It is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organisation overcome its business challenges.
Making use of a Cloud server with Azure provides the freedom to build, manage and deploy servers on a massive, global network using your favourite tools and frameworks.
In this article we will be talking about how Microsoft’s Cloud platform can benefit your business, why it’s a worthwhile investment to consider and how we can help you.
5 Business Benefits of Microsoft Azure
#1 No Replacing Hardware or Software
On site server hardware comes with the downside of eventual lagging performance, increasing running costs, warranty and replacement apprehensions, risk of system failure, not to mention the security risks!
One of the main benefits of hosting with a cloud-based server like Microsoft Azure, is that they always use state-of-the-art technology. Their systems are regularly updated, and they ensure that the best equipment and software available is used, always. This ongoing maintenance and progress are provided without you experiencing any business downtime or an increase in the cost of your monthly subscription.
#2 Cost Effective IT
In a nutshell, Microsoft Azure eliminates the need for your business to host its own data centre and the costs that are associated with it. Businesses spend a lot of money building the infrastructure for and supporting their in-house servers. Apart from the equipment, software and licensing costs, these in-house servers then require staff to manage the upkeep of them.
A significant chunk of the IT budget alone would go towards the bandwidth needed for an in-house server and you could still find yourself limited by the amount of bandwidth available to you. When hosting your data on a cloud-based server, bandwidth is effectively “shared”, thus reducing costs a lot.
#3 Ultimate Data Security
A common misconception is that storing your data in the Cloud is not safe. An in-house server sits in its cabinet in an office building with maybe a lock and some CCTV for protection. Whereas, if your server is hosted on Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform, it is protected by Microsoft’s data centre security.
Embedded into Microsoft Azure during development, were the tightest security and privacy features possible. It offers complete transparency, so you know how your data is accessed, stored and secured.
In addition to this, Microsoft Azure have a global incident response team that work around the clock to deal with any cyber threats.
#4 Geo Redundancy and Disaster Recovery
When it comes to backing up your data, Microsoft Azure makes it easy. It comes with 99 years of data retention and you can say goodbye to taking tapes or hard drives offsite. Everything you store in the cloud is backed up automatically on another secure server within the Microsoft network.
Azure’s site recovery feature allows you to recover at a secondary site or straight into the Cloud.
One of the greatest business benefits of Azure is that no matter what… or where, you know that what needs to be happening in the background is happening, and that your server will continue to run smoothly.
Traditional in-house server systems do not allow businesses effective scalability. This results in performance degradation and the inability to respond appropriately to business change.
Microsoft Azure is 100% scalable as you only pay for what you need. Implementing your business hosting in Azure means you can scale your solutions based upon traffic increases, whether this means scaling up or down.
As you can see there are many benefits to transitioning to a Cloud server with Microsoft Azure. Apart from the cost effectiveness, it brings great peace of mind knowing your data is in safe and efficient hands.
Cloudswitched is a Microsoft Gold Partner. We offer a complete "end-to-end" solution for transitioning to a Cloud server with Microsoft Azure. Beginning with an initial complimentary consultation, we design and architect a system infrastructure directly suited to your business. We include post set-up testing and optimising to ensure your business hits the ground running and arrange for data clean up, subscription and billing administration support, and ongoing assistance to ensure you get the most out of Cloud with Azure.
If you would like to move your business server to the Cloud but aren’t sure where to start, get in touch with us to see how we can help you.