Growing businesses need additional hardware power that scale to their needs. It’s the need of the hour to have services that cater to such needs.
Small businesses are in dire need of hardware that provides them with mobility of cloud servers without actually owning one to cater to a mobile workforce as well as store data securely behind the curtains.
Such efficiency can only be promised by organizations that have been in business for far long and have proven their excellence across the world, like Microsoft.
Microsoft Azure helps small businesses transition to the cloud in the most subtle way possible, to keep them ahead of the curve and more importantly, profitable!
4 Benefits of Cloud IT Infrastructure
1. Scalable Hosting Options
Hosting allows you to see the major differences between on-premise and cloud IT infrastructure models.
For organizations with on-premise infrastructure, handling requirements and need for additional maintenance personnel for server management becomes a hefty task.
You don’t have to deal with such complexity with the cloud. As cloud is maintained and serviced over the network, there’s very little hassle!
Your cloud service provider will take care of cloud server management. Be it upgrading or patching software, repair and maintenance or addressing downtimes, you don’t have to look into it at all!
You’re offered with scalable options and packages that help you organise your business more efficiently irrespective of the size of your organization!
2. Steady Workflow
- Cloud is best known for its features such as…
- Timely back-up for uncertain events
- Quick release of application
- Unlimited storage
- Regular software updates and upgrades without additional hardware requirements
- Steady workload
Such features are rare to find with on-premise infrastructure model. Running a heavy and complicated workload on such a system is not as easy as you think. If you plan to scale your operations, on-premise is not the way to go!
For businesses with on-premise infrastructure, they can look to the cloud for a temporary solution for their ongoing workload for smooth delivery.
3. Increased Bandwidth
Cloud is built on flexibility to allow enterprises to upgrade their requirements, be it memory, server or software.
Your bandwidth is determined with your operations scale. All you have to do is upgrade your cloud plan and you can make complete use of virtual servers, routers and additional networks offered by your service provider to enhance the capabilities of existing storage, speed, and software assets.
With on-premise model, you can have an increased bandwidth meaning physically upgrading your servers with features required by your organization.
4. Deployment At Ease
With on-premise infrastructure, maintaining it directly affects your internal revenue stream as you’d have to invest for servers, software, and all the maintenance technical staff or personnel that come with it.
Still after having invested so highly in your own servers, there’s always the fear of data failure within the organization.
Cloud presents you with a safer environment for your business data. The only loss you incur is the subscription charges that you pay for utilizing their virtual servers without the risk of actually maintaining it.
How Azure Plays A Vital Role In Helping Small Businesses Leverage Cloud?
What is Microsoft Azure?
Cloud computing platform, Azure, is less expensive and more reliable, secure, and flexible than on-premise servers.
Scale your compute and memory resources—low or high—almost instantly when your business requirements change, with Azure.
With the cloud, you are assured that issues such as downtime due to maintenance, theft or damage are non-existent.
You pay for only those services that you use! Such level of convenience and cost control method is nearly impossible to achieve with on-premise infrastructure.
What Does Azure Have To Offer?
1. Cost Control Method
You have no idea how much you’re saving when you don’t have to care for your own servers. Azure cloud computing takes away the expense of setting up and running on-site IT infrastructure.
Otherwise, you’d have to pay for costs such as employing staff, procuring technology, and maintaining the system periodically.
The servers have to be set up on some land, including maintaining the temperature of the room where data centers have been set up.
There’s also the need to handle real time business data that feeds in your database every second that takes up much of your resources.
AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. Azure matches AWS pricing for comparable services.
2. Tight Security
Many cloud service providers invest massively in security. Azure does the same along with a broad set of policies, compliances, and technologies that help strengthen your security posture by adding layered security to your data, apps, and infrastructure from all sorts of threats.
The layered security protection offers built-in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) protection of the platform. It kicks in when a DDOS attack is detected.
3. Everywhere Wherever You Go
What you see here is the Azure servers running across the U.S. To see their servers across the world(Source).
Cloud infrastructure depends upon distributed systems. It runs around the world, providing overall resiliency, and reliability by backing up your system across more than one geographic location.
So you can be rest assured that your IT resources are delivered to you from anywhere across the world.
The great thing about this platform is that you have a minimum of three copies stored in the same data center, which is known as locally-redundant storage (LRS).
If one copy of the data is unavailable due to some hardware issue, the data will still be made available from the other two copies stored by the platform.
4. Bang-On Productivity
With Azure, you can efficiently develop and manage your applications with nearly unlimited cloud computing resources. You’ll receive continuous updates that provide you with fast, efficient resources that never go obsolete, which would otherwise cost you a lot to implement in your data center.
As a Master Technology Services Provider, we provide key services across a range of infrastructure and application products.
Implementing a multi-cloud environment’s mix of services and applications requires a specialist set of skills, which can often be expensive in today’s cloud market.
You’d be surprised to know that we’ve been implementing such services at the lowest cost possible for small businesses to leverage cloud with Microsoft Azure.