Microsoft Azure: what it is and the business benefits of it

The work of data storage and hosting has changed dramatically in recent years, transitioning from on-premise hosting systems to transformational cloud-based storage.

We have written previously about common tell-tale signs that your business is ready to move to Azure; this blog explains what Azure is and the business benefits of it.

What is Azure?

Microsoft Azure is one of the world’s leading public clouds and a compelling option for enterprises transitioning from on-premise Windows servers to the cloud.

With Microsoft Azure, your computing resources are held within the Microsoft Azure cloud which includes networking, storage, virtual machine etc. This computing is provided via the internet.

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud computing services, as shown in the diagram below.  With Azure you can build infrastructure, develop modern application, manage your identity, set your organisation up with reliable back-up and disaster recovery options, and more.

Azure Cloud features

 

What services does Azure deliver?

There are hundreds of different services available for consumption through Microsoft Azure. Azure helps you deliver an array of cloud computing services at the click of a button.

Azure Services

 

Key business benefits of Azure

There are numerous business benefits of Microsoft Azure but without question the main ones are:

1. Scalability

Azure is entirely scalable, so you only pay for what you use and can quickly scale capacity depending on requirements. No more paying for server capacity you don’t use or struggling with limited computing power which leads to business issues.

2. Cost

No more capital expenditure in relation to servers and infrastructure. Instead, you will be on an ‘as a service’ model. Plus, no more server maintenance costs.

3. Security

Azure’s built-in controls and services protect your data, identity, networking, and apps. You also get continuous protection with insights from Azure Security Centre and extended protection to hybrid environments.

4. Hybrid deployment

Azure is flexible for hybrid development which means you are able to take advantage of on-premise resources as well as the benefits of the cloud.

5. Back up and Disaster Recovery

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.

6. Compliance

Microsoft Azure has the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud provider was the first to obtain ISO 27019 cloud privacy standard. If you work in sectors like legal or finance, you can be confident your data is being stored compliant with regulations.

 

BCN Group: your Azure experts

BCN Group are uniquely placed to support you with your cloud adoption, migration and ongoing transformation.

We help our clients adopt Microsoft Azure best practices and integrations at every stage of their transformation in the cloud.

We are Azure experts – a Direct CSP and Microsoft Gold Partner – and unlike most cloud providers we deliver a comprehensive end-to-end service and support offering which includes cloud consultancy and road mapping, migration, adoption, integration, management and bespoke software development.

  • Our professional services team provide advice and clarity around cloud adoption and continuous transformation.
  • Our migration experts meticulously plan and manage every aspect of your migration, ensuring a smooth, organised and seamless transition.
  • Our software development team create bespoke applications and integrations which will allow your business to accelerate your cloud transformation.

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