WINDOWS AZURE SERVICES FOR YOUR GROWING BUSINESS
The Cloud” has become so prolific that it is redefining the way that organizations are doing business.
Those companies and individuals not taking advantage of products and services that encompass Hybrid Cloud technology, especially within their budgeting environment, will lose these cost benefits and other competitive advantages including greater accessibility, reliability and scalability.
Along with major applications being offered from The Cloud such as Office 365, which is a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, Microsoft is now providing other products and services to customers from The Cloud within the Windows Azure Cloud environment, and DRaaS Disaster Recovery As A Service for Business Continuity Planning (BCP) included is Azure Site Recovery (ASR) which also aids your migration of your on premise physical servers and VM's to Azure. Virtual Machine Optimization Assessment Tool (VMOAT) that generates customs reports with 10 prioritised recommendations across six areas and Azure Site Recovery (ASRDP) Deployment Planner.
What is Windows Azure?
Windows Azure is a cloud-computing infrastructure and platform (known as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Services (PaaS), for building, deploying and managing applications through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centres. It is a service from Microsoft that allows companies to host their business applications within The Cloud so they don’t need to purchase or manage their own on premise servers.
On Premise Problems
When companies purchase their own servers and manage them at their on premise location, they are trying to gauge how much computing power and capacity they will need for their organization over a given time. They may end up purchasing “too much” or "not enough" and there bye failing to utilize fully the available capacity and budgets, and they may end up purchasing additional servers to boost their power and storage if only for a temporary period.
Additionally, businesses who run their own servers on premise are responsible for the total management and administration of these servers when they require patches, backups, upgrades and maintenance, and pay out right for costly failures.
The Advantages of Windows Azure
- Cost Savings and Scalability With a cloud model such as Windows Azure, companies only ever need to pay for the resources that their applications are using. Should a company need to increase its number of users or its data storage, for example, you simply purchase more for that given period and Microsoft simply adjust the rates required, this makes it extremely convenient and scalable. With this “pay-as-you-go” approach, your business only pays for the amount of space it ever uses at a certain time, instead of having to pay for empty storage at the maximum amount which you may never use.
Additionally, businesses using Windows Azure don’t need to buy, manage, administer, perform maintenance, configure hardware and operating systems, and pay the electricity costs if this was their own on premise infrastructure, saving you a lot of time and money.
- Reliability In addition to cost savings and scalability, another advantage of Windows Azure and the IaaS/PaaS model is supreme reliability. Windows Azure services are provided from cloud data centres which have multiple built-in redundancies. If one server crashes, business applications will automatically run on another server within the data centre, you never have to concern yourself with time consuming backups, as it's all taken care of.
- Easy Upgrades Microsoft Azure supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. New web applications and upgrades can easily be added.
If you would like to learn more about Windows Azure and possibly taking advantage of its benefits for your business today, contact us for further information.