The cloud has gone from relative obscurity to becoming the new normal in business computing infrastructure within a decade. Microsoft Azure is one of the three biggest cloud providers, the others being Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud. Each has their pros and cons, with Azure offering one of the most flexible options for adapting to constantly changing needs in today’s market.
Azure refers to a group of services ranging from cloud-hosted virtual machines to online storage services, messaging, collaboration, and developer networks. Like all the major public cloud providers, it’s a constantly evolving ecosystem with new features and services being added to the line-up every year.
Here are three important considerations to help you decide if Azure is right for your business:
#1. Compatibility with hybrid cloud deployments
The biggest misconception about migrating to the cloud is that you need to move everything at once. The fact is, most businesses still aren’t ready to move all their operations over to the cloud, and there are some computing workloads and processes that are still better handled locally. One of the most important benefits of Microsoft Azure is that it enables you to adopt a hybrid cloud approach that combines the benefits of in-house IT with the cloud.
If you want to keep some of your computing workloads and application and data hosting in a local data center, Azure lets you do just that. Businesses normally start their cloud migration by setting up Azure Cloud Disaster Recovery, which keeps primary systems in a private cloud while having a backup of everything hosted in a Microsoft data center.
#2. Keeping data safe in the cloud
With cyberattacks on the rise and criminals deploying an ever-wider range of different methods to compromise business data, it’s never been more important to take a multilayered approach to cybersecurity. Fortunately, cloud data centers owned and operated by giants like Microsoft are among the most secure places on the planet. After all, these enormous global technology companies have all the resources they need to keep their systems safe.
Most cloud data breaches occur at the hands of clients, with mismanaged access rights being the most common cause. However, insofar as the physical and technical controls are concerned, the cloud is by far the safest place for your data. Azure also comes with Azure Security Centre to keep you up to date with Microsoft’s latest capabilities and let you set strict access controls that comply with industry regulations.
#3. Building a scalable computing infrastructure
It’s a lot easier to scale a software-defined computing infrastructure than one that depends on hardware. For example, adding capacity to an in-house server may require installing additional server blades and storage networks. With the cloud, you simply pay for the computing power and storage you need, effectively renting the underlying hardware, which remains tucked away in Microsoft’s ultra-modern data centers. Adding new users is simply a matter of a few clicks.
This degree of scalability gives you access to all the computing resources you’ll ever need. No longer will you need to worry about technology obsolescence and expensive support fees to maintain your systems. Since you can pay as you go, you can instantly scale back and forth with demand, which means faster deployment times, less downtime, and greatly enhanced adaptability to change when facing the challenges of the dynamic modern market.
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