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Top 10 Reasons Why Your Business Should Move to Microsoft Azure

Tim Hall, Chief Technology Officer

 

If you are thinking about moving your business to the Cloud and are unsure of the options available, here are our top 10 benefits of moving to Microsoft Azure.

 

Whether you are looking to migrate entirely to the cloud, looking to create a hybrid cloud infrastructure, require a partner to manage moving workloads between the cloud and your on-premise environments for optimum performance or maintain security and compliance, as a Microsoft Cloud Solutions Partner we can help. 

1. Disaster recovery

This is hugely important for all businesses and Azure has this covered. With regional and global back-up options your business can confidently know it is covered. Even a minor outage can put you at a competitive disadvantage. So, be ready with a business continuity plan that includes disaster recovery for all your major IT systems, without the expense of secondary infrastructure.

2. Security

The security in Azure enables secure and seamless logon for their users – business to business or for individuals. Passwords are a problematic issue for businesses, especially to users with high data privileges.Azure Single Sign-onhelps eliminate a great deal of that. Plus, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  is part of Microsoft’s holistic cloud compliance investments.

3. Azure is fast

Microsoft Azure’s ExpressRoute creates private connections between Azure data centres and infrastructure on your premises or in a colocation environment. According to Microsoft, Azure ExpressRoute connections don’t go over the public internet and they offer more reliability and faster speeds than typical Internet connections.

4. Be more agile

Your business will be able to use Azure to develop, test, feedback and retry whendeveloping their applications. This means you can explore new ideas and new technologies. Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Only Azure Stack lets you deliver Azure services from your organisation’s data centre, while balancing the right amount of flexibility and control for truly-consistent hybrid cloud deployments.

5. Can be deployed anywhere

With great tools like Azure Stack, businesses can use their data centre as if it’s Azure. They can use a single model to deploy on-premises and to the cloud.

6. Azure is compliant

Microsoft has taken care of any data compliance issues, so whatever your industry or business sector you can benefit from Azure. GDPRis the most significant change to EU privacy law in two decades. The GDPR requires that organisations respect and protect personal data – no matter where it is sent, processed or stored. With the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider, the Microsoft Cloud is here to support your data compliance initiatives. 

7. Fully integrated development environment

Azure solutions are integrated with everything from the Internet of Things (IoT) to Excel so it can carry out busy critical processes and is scalable.

8. Flexibility

With Azure, if your business needs more resources it spends more. There is no need for restructuring infrastructure. Everything is setup and you pay for what you use.

9. Global reach

Data centres are running globally so your business will get a great experience wherever it is located.

10. More than just storage

Azure has more benefits than just increased storage. Microsoft lists over 600 services so whatever programmes and applications your business uses day to day can be managed via the Azure platform. Gartner has named Microsoft Azure as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service  based on completeness of their vision and ability to execute. In fact, according to Gartner, Microsoft is the only cloud computing vendor that is a Magic Quadrant Leader in all of the major cloud services categories, including IaaS, Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). 

A transition to Microsoft Azure can be cost-effective and secure. 

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