Looking to move to the cloud? Then Microsoft Azure must surely be on your radar. It’s the only competitor to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the pioneering behemoth in the industry.
If you’re looking to switch over to the cloud, you’ll want to know about Azure. Here’s where Microsoft excels with their Azure product.
Cloud Services in General
Until just a few short years ago, cloud services were just for tech geeks looking to save money. Small-time software developers rushed to hop on because the cloud offered them big-time computing resources they couldn’t afford on their own.
Now, SMBs like you are looking to hop on too. And it’s for very much the same reasons: access to a whole new world of computing resources without having to invest in your own IT infrastructure.
Switching to the cloud offers SMBs four types of rewards:
- Increased security: Professionally-managed security operations
- Easier collaboration.People across the world can work together in an environment that offers a great user experience
- Scalability: Pay as you go, pay for only what you use, and expand/contract as your business needs change
- Cost savings: Save money just by moving to the cloud
Azure and Cost
Microsoft Azure offers further cost savings, for two reasons.
- Makes Transition to Hybrid Cloud Smoother. First, if your business is already running on Microsoft products, the move to cost-saving hybrid cloud is worlds easier. What’s a hybrid cloud? Keep reading: the next section covers this.
- The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.If your SMB has already invested in Windows Server licenses, Microsoft gives you a price break if you choose Azure. The discount is worth up to 40 percent and it’s called the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. Microsoft offers a handy savings calculator on their website.
Azure’s Hybrid Cloud Capabilities
Enterprise business owners who’ve paved the way on the cloud have tried with their own private clouds. But they’re discovering that creates the very same type of headaches and issues they were hoping to avoid in the first place.
Their solution? Hybrid clouds. This allows partial switching of resources to the cloud while other parts stay in-house. Think of hybrid clouds as a softer way to ease into a cloud environment, a few steps at a time.
Another reason for hybrid cloud adoption is compliance. If your business is in an industry that faces tight regulations on security, a hybrid cloud setup may be a necessity for you.
Microsoft Azure is known in the industry as providing a better hybrid cloud experience.
- Unlike AWS, Microsoft does not rely upon any third-party platforms to help deliver their hybrid cloud services. That makes for a consistent user experience that’s unmatched by competitors.
- Pay-as-you-go Model for Compliance Coverage.In the past, companies who required compliance modules in their cloud services had to pay more. Azure is scalable, so companies pay only for what they use. Pay-as-you-go really pans out well for compliance coverage
If you’re a global company, you’ll be pleased with Azure’s world coverage. As of this writing, they are 40 regions around the world where Microsoft data centres are located. That’s more than anyone else and it means your websites and apps can be housed closer to the people who actually use them, for a better experience.
Conclusion: It's Definitely Worth a Look
In a very short amount of time, Microsoft has clearly come up with a truly viable competitor to AWS.
And this is only the beginning. We haven’t even mentioned ease-of-transition benefits to SMBs who already use Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365. If you’re an MS Office Shop, it’s all in there ready to go when you switch over to Azure, through Azure Active Directory.
If you’re not already feeling compelled to move to the cloud, perhaps the unique benefits of Azure will help you get there faster.