Microsoft Azure is one of the easiest ways your business can gain competitive advantage and significantly reduce costs.
Will Briggs, Solutions Architect, Fabric
What is Azure?
Azure (formerly Windows Azure) is a scalable cloud platform provided by Microsoft. It is an on-demand data centre; that scales up and down, as and when you need it. A secure cloud-based computing service that removes the need for companies to host their infrastructure. By moving to a cloud solution, resources can be re-directed, and businesses can become more agile and productive. This enables multiple locations to use the same resources and applications, reducing hardware and maintenance costs.
Want to find out more? Read my other blog post: How does Microsoft Azure work?
So, what is cloud computing?
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services (including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and intelligence) over “the cloud”. It offers faster innovation and flexible resources. With Microsoft Azure, you pay for what you use, which will help to lower operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently and change with your business.
Benefits of cloud computing:
- Be future-ready – Microsoft Azure is continually being developed and improved.
- Operate Hybrid – Integrate and manage your environments with services designed for hybrid cloud.
- Secure – Microsoft Azure is secure and backed by teams of experts. Find out how Azure safeguards data outside your company.
- Competitive pricing – With flexible pricing options available, Azure is very a competitive platform.
No upfront cost. Only pay for what you use. Flexible pricing options available.
Let’s familiarize ourselves with an on-demand service. We pay for our electricity at different rates, depending on what time of the day it is. There are peak times in the day, where electricity costs more than other times, i.e. Mornings and Evenings. Compared to other times like in the night, where we consume a lot less. We don’t pay for electricity as if we’re always using it 24/7. Instead, we pay for what we use, as and when we use it. And the most important thing is, is it’s available whenever we need it!
Azure works similarly. It provides you with the capability to scale up and down your datacenter when required.
Microsoft Azure can act as your:
- Server infrastructure (however big or small)
- Disaster Recovery Solution
- Backup solution
- Website hosting
- Application hosting
- Storage space
Is Azure suitable for every business?
Designed for businesses of all sizes, Azure improves productivity, reduces costs and also allows faster adoption of applications and processes by delivering them instantly through the cloud. Azure is so flexible, it can easily integrate with your pre-existing on-premise servers and data centres – or if you want, can be your soul infrastructure.
Azure bases its offerings on the IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud model. Each service model offers varying levels of control and responsibility.
Need some new software but don’t want the big cost upfront? We pay for our Netflix, car insurance and even food on subscription payments, so why not do it with your software? Read more about ‘Software as a Service’ here.
So what’s next?
At Fabric IT, we work with you to understand your business challenges and how moving to an Infrastructure as a Service solution such as Azure can bring you maximum benefit. Get in touch for a free Azure consultation.