6 benefits of migrating to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services
Considering migrating to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services and need to understand exactly what your business stands to gain?
This blog post explores six critical benefits of moving your technology stack to the cloud.
We will explore everything from security and why worrying about compliance becomes a thing of the past, to the benefits of cross-compatibility and mobility.
As new threats surface and challenge the integrity of your network, the need to implement stringent security measures becomes increasingly necessary.
But solving complex security issues isn’t so simple. Fact is, your network security is only as strong as the weakest link, and no organisation is without budgetary constraints that make prioritising network requirements a complex endeavour.
Microsoft Azure cloud services offer enhanced protection capabilities. Whether securing VMs or protecting your servers from ever-exposed end-points, it’s all possible.
Azure can secure Linux and Windows servers, cloud-native applications, data and protect your IoT environment.
Compliance is an issue for many organisations. And when it comes to cloud, the promise of a more affordable and flexible IT solution is very attractive, but also hard to digest.
Compliance concerns seem to pop up and answers are not always easy to find. The most pressing questions include:
- What information is stored on a system?
- Where will our information be physically located?
- Who has access to our system?
- What is the extent of access afforded?
- Is access secure?
Microsoft Azure Cloud Services meets relevant privacy certifications including ISO/IEC 27018 for protection of personal data in the cloud, the EU/US Privacy Shield, and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
What’s more, you have visibility across your environment to verify compliance with regulatory requirements, such as CIS, PCI DSS, SOC, and ISO.
The promise of the cloud is simple, you are able to migrate your IT infrastructure and benefit from cost savings related to hardware and all overheads you would otherwise be financially obligated to.
More specifically, you’re looking at saving money on the cost of server hardware. This includes everything from purchasing new components that reach the end of their lifespan, to complete servers which can easily cost hundreds of thousands of Rands.
Beyond the hardware cost, you have the benefit of flexible licensing options for software.
Lastly, the overhead associated with maintenance (think IT additional staff) also diminishes.
Migrating to the cloud also raises questions about the compatibility of legacy applications. These applications are often mission-critical. They simply cannot be off-line or neglected.
Migration to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services accounts for apps running on Windows Server or SQL Server 2008/R2. In addition, you also have the benefit of a three-year extension of security patches (for free).
As the cloud is flexible, with legacy apps in place and fully functional, your organisation can begin creating a transition plan to update applications over your three-year extension window.
Mobility is a must for all enterprises. The ability to access applications on the go enables a stronger competitive advantage for businesses, as team members are able to get more done from remote locations.
Microsoft Azure Cloud Services offers organisations the security they need to enable remote access. This includes the use of critical business applications while offering all required computing power businesses need to remain operationally efficient.
Redundancy has become an inescapable aspect of running a business. Microsoft Azure is designed to afford you the business continuity you need. All applications that your organisation relies on not only accounted for, your business also doesn’t experience the additional cost of secondary hardware requirements associated with redundancy solutions.
This means less capital expense for hardware, no need for additional IT staff to maintain hardware, and continued access to mission-critical applications.
Moving to the cloud is a big decision. It requires the consideration of many factors but is ultimately a smart one. Microsoft Azure Cloud Services offers enterprises the ability to do away with high costs associated with owning and maintaining on-premise hardware.
Azure is also equipped to empower businesses. Security, compliance, cross-compatibility for legacy applications, enhanced mobility and flexibility, and business continuity solutions make it possible for organisations to migrate to the cloud and begin to benefit from a more streamlined IT infrastructure.