Enterprises across all industries, sizes and geographies have been tapping into the power of the cloud. Gaining widespread use over the last few years, cloud computing has made it easier for businesses to get an edge in the digital age. Gartner survey predicts cloud computing as a $300 billion business by 2021.
Everyday more and more SMB businesses are getting the business advantages of cloud computing and leveraging it to run their organizations efficiently, better serve their customers and increase profit margins.
Cloud computing is easy to run, manage, and expand if required. No upfront investment required, and you can pay as you go. Some of workload requires 24 hours up time however some of them are really can be turned off during weekend and after hours.
Cloud computing boosts cost efficiency, promotes collaboration, aids disaster recovery, increases mobility and provides flexibility for businesses. While you increase the revenue, actually you are reducing the cost for the services you need.
Survey reports show that the annual growth of Azure and GCO exceed that of AWS by nearly 2X. If you are planning for a cloud migration, then Microsoft Azure should be at the top of your list, as this cloud platform has made significant advances over the years. According to the data published by different sources, it is estimated that 57% of fortune 500 companies use Azure as their CSP. Moreover, Azure holds 29.1% of application workloads in the public cloud.
Why are enterprises entrusting their business data and applications with Microsoft Azure cloud storage? Here are a few reasons.
1. High Availability
Compared to any other cloud service provider, Microsoft has a vast global footprint. Larger number of data centres located across the globe ensures greater redundancy. Also, they have many datacentres in Australia and APAC region. Also, in Canberra, they have government datacentre too. High availability of Azure cloud storage facilities makes it easier for businesses to migrate their data and applications where they want it to be. This global expansion of Microsoft cloud platform makes it possible to offer a service level agreement (SLA) of 99.95% for its customers.
2. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Capabilities
Microsoft Azure hosting provides an enticing combination of IaaS and PaaS services, which enables enterprises to deploy simple VMs (virtual machines) or full application stacks across a cloud environment. Reserved IaaS platform is also bets feature in the market. That feature gives you an opportunity to book a server for a year or three years and pay less. Reserved server is extremely cheap. IaaS models of Azure allow the developers to access, monitor and manage remote data centre infrastructure whereas PaaS provides a framework for developers to develop, test and deploy customized applications quickly.
I just want to highlight few things under this subject. Microsoft guarantees the best security and protection for all the data held on the Azure cloud. However, your data is your responsibility and Microsoft, AWS, Google and nay other cloud provider doesn’t provide any security to your servers. Your responsibility is to make sure that your data is secure. You must install endpoint protection, you need make sure remote access is safe, VPN/Express Route is safe, data is backed up etc… These are key points many companies believe that everything is safe and backed up when workload is moved to cloud. It is basically NOT.
They have more security certification than any other cloud provider in the market now such as ISO 27001, ISO 27018 and HIPAA. Not only is it the most trusted cloud platform by U.S government institutions but Azure also meets a number of country-specific standards such as UK’s G-Cloud and Australia’s IRAP. Multi-level protection, multiple compliance certifications, cybersecurity controls and threat mitigation practices of Microsoft Azure management ensures a higher level of security within the cloud environment.
4. New Services, Scalability and Flexibility
In fact, Microsoft is the biggest technology company in the world, and they are adapting their systems to anything new in the market. Linux, MongoDB, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Site Recovery, Cybersecurity etc… Microsoft sees the business needs and making necessary changes to adapt new technologies to Azure and serve them to you. Scalability is a crucial attribute of a cloud service provider and Azure is no exception. Flexible structure of Azure makes it easy to scale up the data storage capabilities dynamically. Moreover, performance-efficient storage services in Azure cloud helps businesses to integrate data and processes at cloud scale. Businesses can also take advantage of machine learning functionality, cognitive services, data processing capabilities and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities to develop, test and launch new web applications.
5. Backup & Disaster Recovery
Microsoft Azure provides integration with your on-premise backup solutions. Almost every backup company in the world works with Microsoft to move some of data or workloads to Azure. Depends on your access needs to backup data, it can be stored on archived (cheapest storage ever), cold or hot storage. So, you don’t need to invest anything to expand your storage because Microsoft is providing almost unlimited storage. Also, Azure Site Recovery, ASR, works with any physical/virtualization platform you have to sync servers to cloud in case you need them.
Microsoft Azure offers a pay-as-you go payment plan that allows businesses to manage their budgets efficiently by only paying for the services they have used in each billing cycle. Before migrating to the cloud, enterprises need to spend money on hardware and maintenance burdens which amounted to major payroll overhead. With the customer applications and internal apps launched in cloud, it cuts down the IT administration costs by head-turning percentages.
Moving to cloud is happening for many companies right now and they get benefit from cloud solution right now and every day they are adapting new technologies to the business without upfront cost. We do provide full consultancy, assistant and support anything you need about cloud and Azure.
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