Key Reasons to Use Microsoft Azure

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What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is an expanding cloud platform to help your business meet their challenges, whatever they are and wherever they are. Azure helps businesses build, deploy and manage services and applications, anywhere.

Azure supports a wide range of programming languages, frameworks, operating systems, databases, and devices. They allow you to carry on using your favourite tools more efficiently.

We have deciphered the 6 key reasons why you should be using Microsoft Azure:

ONLY PAY FOR WHAT YOU USE 

Microsoft prides themselves in helping businesses of all sizes. They truly put their money where their mouth is when it comes to Azure.

Azure is metred, so you only pay for the functionality and support you need at any given time. Your applications will run smoothly no matter the size. Equally, if you need to suddenly scale up a system such as your data processing, Azure can do this easily.

For the busy times in your business, Azure can accommodate you without you having to pay extra fees during quiet times. You could be an online store whose e-commerce platform goes into overdrive at Christmas. Maybe an accountancy firm whose productivity accelerates during the end of the tax year.  For example, for e-commerce leaders, ASOS, Azure helped them move core services to the Cloud to perform better for their global customers. Combining Cloud microservices paid off on their busiest shopping days such as Black Friday. They saw an increase in peak order handling from 9 orders per second using their original monolith retail system to 33 orders per seconds with their Cloud microservices architected system.

SECURITY

We all know security to be one of the biggest issues facing businesses today. With Azure, you can opt for a multi-layered, built-in security control and unique threat intelligence to safeguard your business against cyber threats. Azure allows you to tailor the security dependent upon what you need and offer a variety of services, such as an Application Gateway which builds a secure and scalable web front end and a VPN Gateway to create secure connectivity across premises.

The additional support network of engineers includes the Azure Security Center that keeps you up to date with Microsoft’s latest security capabilities.

PRODUCTIVE

To maximise productivity from Azure, you will need to get in an expert to make the most of how Azure can help you maximise productivity. To further help you, Azure is built in a way that helps to deliver functions and features quickly. Meaning you get all the productivity you want, but your developer costs are lower than they would be for other development platforms.

 

TRUSTED

When deciding on a new service, or new provider, its important to understand what your peers think. That’s why case studies and client lists are important. They help you see whether Azure can deliver.

When you look at Microsoft Azure, there is no doubt that their offering is one of, if not the, most competitive on the market; Microsoft claims they’re five times cheaper than Amazon Web Services (AWS). Companies across the world are taking on Microsoft Azure, as more than 95% of Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Azure.

We are Azure specialists and often introduce it to our clients when we believe it is the right platform. See our case study with Anchor Bay Construction. We moved their in-house server infrastructure to a Microsoft Office 365 solution. We then implemented a Microsoft Azure Hosted Server Solution to enable people across the business to access Sage300 no matter what site they were on.

 

USER-FRIENDLY

Training your teams on a new application platform is never a simple task. Your developers will be able to use Azure to its utmost capability. Once your applications are on Azure, Microsoft provides a range of user support tutorials and other training materials. We’re saying this based on the assumption that your team will know how to use the application being hosted; the training we are discussing is how to use Azure to get access to your application, no matter where and how you are working.

 

HYBRID

One of the main reasons more businesses are switching to Microsoft Azure is the ability to go hybrid. A hybrid cloud combines a public cloud and a private cloud in a computing environment to ensure you can share applications.

Some companies do prefer a full transition. Others like the option of keeping part of their data on a private location; a hybrid cloud enables you to do this. Microsoft Azure enables hybrid consistency in your applications data, identity and security.

Microsoft Azure is a highly competitive cloud computing system that helps you make the most out of your time, money and resources. With their pay as you go offering, you only pay for the resources you need at any given time. There is no need to invest in your own infrastructure to cope with peak demand. Putting your apps in a cloud means data can follow you, your team and your organisation all around the world. Making it flexible, secure and economical at the same time.

 

If you would like to know how we can help you implement Microsoft Azure, give us a call now on 020 7227 9700 or contact us here.

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