Growing Roots: Azure Cloud Environment

Growing Roots: Azure Cloud Environment

Chief Technology Officer
Shaun Root

Posted: 11/6/2018

Azure Cloud Infrastructure Services

Total spending on cloud computing is predicted to surpass $300 billion dollars by 2021. The new trend is here, and here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. All companies should be aware of the benefits of cloud computing, even more so if you’re a small to mid-size business: Your percentage IT spend is likely much higher than that of larger businesses.

What exactly are Cloud Services , or cloud computing? Rather than maintaining their own infrastructure, companies can lease the hardware required from cloud providers. While companies still need to maintain employees with skills necessary to operate theses services, they do not require the space, costs and headaches of owning their own hardware. Conceptually, it’s much like renting a home versus owning: You get the benefit of the house, without worrying about the water heater failing or the roof leaking. Where renters lose out on building equity, Cloud Services relieves your organization from the bulk of acquisition, depreciation, and replacement costs.

While AWS has led the cloud infrastructure services race, Microsoft as gained substantial ground over the last year and a half. In fact, Microsoft Azure was up 89% in revenue for Q4 2018, and with its continuous improvements to platform and  benefits to corporations large and small, we should continue to see steady growth in that platform.

Azure has done a fantastic job with speed to delivery. While a standard server deployment can take months to complete, the same task within Azure can be realized in a matter of hours. There’s no time spent waiting for hardware acquisition and physical configuration, but rather a few simple clicks. Of course, this requires selecting from pre-determined, shelf-stocked hardware configurations, but with the multitude of options Azure provides for hardware setup and customization, you’ll be sure to find one that fits your needs.

Security and compliance are major drivers for IT services within any organization.  In February of 2018, Microsoft  introduced Compliance Manager which offers to help companies meet compliance requirements such as EU GDPR, ISO 27001 and more. While this tool isn’t always the perfect solution, it does provide a huge assist in interpreting compliance obligations.

Cost is a critical component for many business, large and small.  Microsoft understands and is here to help. The TCO Calculator helps provide companies insight into the cost benefit, or detriment, of moving to a cloud platform. Microsoft has shared a sample TCO that you can review and see the areas where your business can save. The TCO calculator should be used in conjunction with actual costs of your current infrastructure, as there are a few assumptions made. Not covered in the TCO, and yet a considerable advantage, is the ability to dynamically grow or shrink your hardware footprint as necessary within the IaaS paradigm. This ensures you pay for only what you need, when you need it, nothing more.

Predictive Analytics Group is proud to be a Microsoft Partner.  The Azure platform has been a critical component of our IT success and has led to innovative and simplistic solutions for both ourselves and our business partners.

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