You might have heard about Microsoft Azure, but aren’t sure exactly what it is or what it can do for your business. Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform, introduced by the company in 2010, that offers solutions including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) that can be used for activities like virtual computing, storage, networking, analytics, and much more.
Essentially it offers a collection of services to help organizations build and host the infrastructure they need to support their businesses, without the need to procure, install, and maintain on-premise hardware. Azure is a fast, flexible platform with affordable pricing, which makes it one of the best public cloud offerings on the market. It is often used to run applications in the cloud or to improve existing applications with cloud capabilities.
Here are some of the main benefits of migrating your infrastructure to a cloud platform like Azure:
Cloud computing can scale up or out to support larger workloads and greater numbers of users far more easily than on-premises infrastructure, which requires companies to purchase and set up additional physical servers, networking equipment, or software licenses.
Companies that move to Azure can expect greater flexibility and predictability when it comes to cost. Cloud platforms like Azure allow you to scale up and down more easily, adding and removing users as your business ebbs and flows. You pay for utilization, not for things you don’t need. Over time, companies realize the savings that reduced physical hardware and streamlining operations can bring.
For some businesses, moving to Azure can facilitate improved performance and overall user experience for their customers. If an application or website is hosted in the cloud instead of in various on-premise servers, data will not have to travel as far to reach users, reducing latency.
Users, whether they are employees or customers, can access the cloud services and data that they need from anywhere at any time. This makes it easier for a business to expand into new territories, offer their services to customers in any location, and let their employees work flexibly.
What’s nice about Azure is that it is equally accessible to a variety of businesses – from small start-ups to enterprise organizations. Their flexible model allows organizations of all types to pay for what they need.
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