Microsoft Azure

Since its launch in 2010, Microsoft Azure has used large-scale virtualization at Microsoft data centers worldwide while offering up to 600 different services. It is a pioneering leader for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and has led to significant growth. Azure was created for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft data centers. Today, it’s a growing collection of integrated cloud services and a powerful platform that can be the perfect match for small businesses. This is relevant for today’s modern workplace environment as cloud services are now an integral part of the seamless work experience. While there are many competent cloud computing platforms, Microsoft Azure provides some unique benefits that must be acknowledged. Below are some of the highlighted benefits of Microsoft Azure, and why it’s important to consider for your business.

Microsoft Azure’s unique features and their benefits

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Microsoft Azure has spearheaded the development of IaaS, which allows businesses to manage and deploy applications quickly and easily. Azure allows organizations to customize the cloud software to meet business requirements.

Strong Support in Analytics

Microsoft Azure is equipped with built-in support that analyzes data and key insights. The service provides features such as Cortana Analytics, Stream Analytics, Machine Learning, and SQL services. These features will help businesses discover new business opportunities, enhance customer service, and make informed decisions.

Enhance Existing IT Support

One of the best things about Azure is that it integrates seamlessly with the existing IT department. This is done through hybrid databases, storage solutions, and secure private connections. Microsoft Azure can exist in your business environment and harmoniously with your data center. This makes Azure one of the most cost-effective and easiest to access cloud services.

Unique storage system

Azure has more delivery points and data centers compared to other cloud services. This allows Azure to provide an optimal user experience and deliver content faster to your business environment. Azure allows users to store data in a fast and reliable environment. It also allows businesses to share content across multiple virtual machines.

Enhanced scalability

Microsoft Azure offers a pay-as-you-go service and can be quickly adjusted according to the capacity of your business needs and environment. This makes it a convenient solution for many businesses that fluctuate in size.

Enhanced flexibility

Azure is flexible; it provides your business with the option to use any level of functionality required. Conveniently, it supports the same technologies many developers and IT professionals already depend on. Your business can quickly deploy and change web apps to Azure with almost zero downtime.

Why Do Business Owners Choose Microsoft Azure?

Aside from being a cost-effective IaaS, Azure has numerous benefits for small and medium businesses (SMBs). From capital expenditure (CAPEX) to operational expenses (OPEX), business owners can start with what they have and increase/decrease Azure utilization as needed. Azure’s flexibility also offers Software-as-a-service (SaaS) that may replace things that traditionally exist on-premise. This enables SMBs to save space and storage. The largest benefit might be Azure’s seamless integration with Office 365 and other solutions like Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Dynamics. Security policies can be simplified to ensure a secure environment, ensuring that Office 365 will be even smoother.

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Ryan Richardet

President, CEO

Ryan Richardet is the President of SysGen Solutions Group and is the Chair of Datto's Advisory Board; supporting growth by providing strategic advice based on his experience as an owner of a large IT services provider in Western Canada. Ryan holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Royal Roads University (2016) and a Bachelor of Biological Science with Distinction from the University of Calgary (2008).