The services for cloud computing infrastructure have emerged so quickly that they have taken many business decision-makers by surprise. Is this just another round of annoying buzzwords? Or is there something to it that means you cannot afford to miss out? Well, there is an intense buzz around the concept because of the potential that this popular, emerging approach to computing has unleashed into the information technology industry.
Cloud-based services are cutting operating costs for companies on every scale; the technology enables small businesses to have enterprise level IT resources without the high initial investment cost. Hesitating to move IT resources to the cloud is simultaneously understandable and unnecessary. Cloud computing saves money, but it also simplifies operations and makes growth manageable as your business scales.
Why Cloud Computing Infrastructure Improves Operations
- You own the servers – Investing your capital in hardware requires tying up resources and additional costs such as maintenance, and upgrades; these costs add up quickly as your business grows.
- Physical controlling your hardware – To manage your data, your IT department will have to invest time in responding to hardware issues such as downed networks, rolling out upgrades, handling email servers, and managing workloads. You do not need this excessive time and effort when your IT assets are in the cloud.
- On-premise servers are always available – Workloads are always running, creating the hard electricity costs of power and cooling.
- On-premise software updates are very challenging; the process is slow and your infrastructure robust enough to support it adequately.
In the Cloud:
- The Cloud gives you a share of extensive server resources, handles the upgrades and maintenance, and provides you with strong security. Your cloud computing infrastructure provider, i.e., Microsoft, is responsible for the multi-million dollar systems that support your operations, which frees you to focus on your data and allows your IT team to pursue other projects.
- Cloud services administration gives you full control of your data; all of the other technology management responsibilities belong to your data center. What you gain is the flexibility and scalability to grow your business to suit the demand for your goods and services.
- You can optimize the operations of your Virtual Machines to run when you need, which is more cost efficient. For example, Azure Automation can start and stop services when you choose, say, at the beginning and end of the day respectively, so that they only run when you need them.
- The Microsoft Azure cloud platform makes it easy to add Apps and Templates in the cloud. When you log into the Windows Azure portal just upload the app template of your choice; it takes less time than popping a bag of microwave popcorn.
Using the Azure Scalable Platform to Cut IT Infrastructure Costs
Azure eliminates high IT costs while giving you scalability in your business operations. Infrastructure as a cloud-based service dramatically reduces the hassles of changing to adapt your operations to new technical possibilities. You will streamline your IT by removing the burden of handling the hardware and get on with the important business of managing the data. The Microsoft Azure scalable platform will help you increase your financial efficiency in multiple ways.
Reduce your operational power and battery backup costs:
- Tape backup and offsite storage will be a thing of the past.
- No longer will you be tethered to physical servers on site.
Decrease your business capital expenditure:
- You no longer will have to buy an expensive updated server every 3-5 years; Microsoft updates Azure directly to keep it state of the art.
- Create a brand-new disaster recovery plan that will protect your data and network; keep your servers up and running with 99.99% uptime.
- Keep Virtual Machine software available even during scheduled maintenance with simple back-ups
- Create site-to-site VPN connections to Azure or access it over the Internet so your legacy applications will still function the way you expect.
- Have a multi-million dollar server built by the experts at Microsoft. Simply put, you will move your servers to a data center without interruptions and gain greater operational efficiency.
Moving infrastructure systems and operations to cloud-based computing is vital for companies that need the support of lean and efficient IT infrastructure to remain competitive in their industries. Finchloom will make moving to the cloud an easy option; as your Azure Infrastructure for Business service partner, we provide an Infrastructure Assessment Report that shows how much you will save by moving to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform as part of our WEAVE™ Managed Services. To facilitate the benefits of the cloud for businesses of all sizes, Finchloom will migrate your IT systems to the cloud free of charge.
Learn more about moving to the cloud and the best steps to take, as well as key questions to ask when choosing your cloud consultant partner, by downloading our complimentary Guide to Digital Transformation for Small and Mid-size Businesses.