What is Microsoft Azure and what can it do for your business?

Microsoft Azure is a constantly evolving set of Cloud services which allow businesses to easily build and manage customised applications and services. This includes virtual machines, databases, file storage, backups, and services for mobile and web apps. Azure can also be used to replace traditional physical domain/network management services, utilising Azure AD (Active Directory).

The old-fashioned approach of businesses hosting their own data on resident servers, or purchasing space in data-centres, is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. The Cloud, and in particular Azure, offer these services and much more. Organisations now have the freedom to build, manage and deploy applications on a huge enterprise network using popular favourite tools and frameworks.

So, what are the benefits?

Flexibility – Microsoft Azure provides businesses with the flexibility and scalability needed to expand and adapt to business demand. Azure allows organisations to build, test and deploy mobile and web applications quickly and easily. Cost management tools allow businesses to monitor Cloud usage, and its flexible purchasing and pricing module allows them to only pay for what they use.

Cost – Microsoft Azure allows organisations to adapt and to grow without being hindered by costly hardware purchases and upgrades. Physical infrastructure is no longer a consideration, as is the on-site technical expertise required to keep things ticking over. By utilising Microsoft’s infrastructure and expertise, Azure can make substantial savings to the ever-stretched IT budgets.

Security – One of the main security benefits of Microsoft Azure comes from division of responsibility. Whereas traditional on-premise infrastructure put considerable responsibility onto the business, in Azure certain responsibilities transfer to Microsoft. Azure also offers advanced threat detection functionality which can be customised and configured to your particular business.

Disaster Recovery – High speed data links and global cloud infrastructure creates a number of options for fast and reliable backup and recovery plans. Azure allows organisations to develop robust disaster recovery systems without the expense of traditional hardware-based backups. Azure provides one-touch disaster recovery options which can get your business back up and running in minutes.

What are the next steps?

Making big changes to your IT infrastructure can always seem a daunting process. Information Solutions are experts in implementing and developing Microsoft Azure solutions.

We have been responsible for successful Azure roll-outs for businesses of all shapes and sizes. We have a dedicated team of experts who are able to advise you on how switching to Azure could benefit your business. We can help you all the way from initial enquiries right through to implementation.

If you are looking to move your business to the Cloud then why not give us a call?