Future Proof Your Business with Microsoft Azure Cloud and Storage Solutions
What is MS Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a computing cloud platform that offers more than 200 products and services with more than 1000 technical capabilities for creating, running, and managing applications.
It offers the ability to instantly provide computing resources on demand without the arduous task of planning and building an on-site data centre, along with necessary hardware upgrades, maintenance costs, server cooling requirements, electricity costs, and use of floor space.
It presents tools that support all industries including e-commerce, finance, and a variety of Fortune 500 companies, and is compatible with open-source technologies. This feature gives users the flexibility to use their preferred tools and technologies, or they can choose to utilize Azure cloud computing offered in 4 different forms: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and serverless. This enables Azures applications and services to be used as standalone products or they can be integrated with one another. This is especially beneficial for businesses looking to cut costs while streamlining business processes.
Through Azures’ infrastructure, you have access to a wide range of computing services including storage, networks, and software online over the internet which can be scaled up or down as needed whilst only paying for the services you use on a pay as you go basis, meaning you will receive a bill each month that only charges for the specific resources you have used.
Azure also has the added benefit of being fully integrated with all Microsoft products. When combined with a Microsoft infrastructure, Azure will complement your existing software and applications seamlessly.
Within its application, you'll be able to solve today's challenges and create the future as it helps you find new solutions to ways of working and running your business at its best.
Who Uses Microsoft Azure?
Public clouds are proving to be valuable to companies of all sizes, and many of them are opting for Azure. According to 85% of Fortune 500 companies, Azure is their cloud platform of choice. In addition to large organizations, Azure also appeals to small and medium-sized enterprises as it is easily scalable to meet business demands and eliminates capital costs while relieving them of support and maintenance burdens, especially since SMBs may not have in-house experts at hand.
The Cost of MS Azure
Azure is a fast, flexible, and affordable platform and its pricing and capabilities make it the best public cloud offering on the market. Its exact cost varies depending on which parts of it your business decides to use, and how much you actually use it.
There are no upfront costs involved and customers only pay for what they use with its pay-as-you-go plan, unlike many other services which charge by the hour. There is also the option to opt into an enterprise agreement.
You can also keep an eye on the costs you are incurring from your dashboard and experiment with online calculators to predict how much adding new CPUs, RAM, databases and so on would cost per month, so there are no unwelcome expenditure surprises.
Microsoft Azure - One Easy To Manage Platform
Microsoft's years of experience and expertise provide peace of mind combined with state-of-the-art security technology. Store your data securely and at scale, while defending your organisation against advanced security threats. With Azure, access to the data centres are controlled through two-tier authentication, including proxy card access readers and hand geometry biometric readers. Microsoft also have a global incident response team that work around the clock to deal with any cyber threats as well.
Azure is also the only cloud computing platform offering a secure, consistent application platform and infrastructure-as-a-service that is appropriate for teams with varying levels of cloud skills and project complexity. By combining data services and analytics and providing choice for integrating cloud, plus deploying Azure cloud services within on-premises datacentres, Azure through Emerald Group provides intelligence from data wherever it lives, across Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms, open frameworks, and tools.
A considerable amount of capital is always required to build new infrastructure but with Microsoft Azure, this is no longer an issue or concern. Instead of purchasing new servers every five years, you basically rent your servers from Microsoft for a lower monthly charge, making it an operating expense, just like Office 365. As a result, you no longer need to worry about power, heat, or cooling your servers, because Microsoft takes care of everything for you.
In addition to set up costs, your costs are also controlled with Azure’s subscription-based pricing which means you only pay for the services you use so you have full control over your cloud spending.
By providing greater flexibility in the cloud, Microsoft Azure offers businesses the ability to increase or decrease capability based on demand and requirements throughout the year. This gives businesses the flexibility to manage their data and costs with the freedom to move between tiers to maximise budgets and employ resources as and when needed. In comparison, other similar services do not offer this exclusive benefit.
The advantage of flexibility with Azure enables hybrid deployment, allowing you to combine your on-premise or hosted environment with Azure’s cloud platform. This way you benefit from taking advantage of your on-premise resources and combining them with the endless benefits and features of Azure.
Back up Disaster Recovery
When the unthinkable happens, Azure has you covered with its disaster recovery feature. Azure offers an end-to-end backup and disaster recovery solution that’s simple, secure, scalable, and cost-effective and can be integrated with on-premises data protection solutions. In the case of service disruption or accidental deletion or corruption of data, recover your business services in a timely and orchestrated manner.
Azure is built around the privacy and security demands of business needs. Microsoft provides the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings compared with any other cloud service provider so you can be reassured your data is always protected and being stored compliant with regulations.
Emerald’s Microsoft certified teams are on hand to answer any questions or queries about Azure products and services, cloud computing and cloud services as well as account issues, quota adjustments, and account transfers you may have or require. We are on hand to provide the support when you need it the most.
For more information on how Emerald Group can help you and your business benefit from Microsoft Azure or to sign up to a personalised Azure package, contact our specialists here at Emerald who will be happy to help. Call us on 01926 452462