Reduce Costs with Azure

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Azure is cloud computing platform from Microsoft that comprises of computing, networking, storage, database, mobile based services that enables businesses to reduce the number of on-premises servers and the associated costs.

Our methodology around introducing Azure into an organisation is to extent the on-premises infrastrucutre into the cloud so you can run a mixed or hybrid environment which enables you to experience the power of Azure in a stable and safe way.

Many of you may have been utilizing Microsoft Azure by synnchronising your Active Directory for use with the Office 365 service set which means it's very easy to extend the usage into IAAS or PAAS based services.

Some examples of real-world usage of Azure based services are:

  • Reducing the number of on-premises servers
  • Adding site resilience to your AD environment
  • Levergaing big data and the Internet of Things
  • Backing up your servers and applications to the cloud
  • Building and deploying cloud based web and mobile apps
  • Utilising the Azure content delivery network for video and marketing campaigns
Azure is an open environment and supports many non-Microsoft based server and application technologies and has always been at the leading edge of data sovereignty and privacy concerns. Microsoft was the first leading cloud provider to obtain the new internation privacy standard - ISO 27018 and has been recognised by the EU for leading the charge on international privacy concerns.

Microsoft hybrid cloud with a web based portal which allows your company to quickly create virtual machines on Windows and Linux, including preconfigured solutions and custom options. Azure provide elastic, scalable building blocks that can be used to create your solution instantly, whilst meeting the security and privacy needs of customers.

Consumption based billing along with billing per minute rather than per hour result in lower barriers to entry to cloud service adoption and ensure a predictable IT spend. The service allows users to add resources when they’re required and pay only for that usage, as well as eliminate the cost of running a server on-site such as the price of power, cooling and day to day maintenance. Leaving management of servers to Microsoft frees IT managers to focus on software, safe in the knowledge they can expand performance within minutes.

Azure allows your business to set a limit on the monthly spend, eliminating the possibility of a significant bill due to human error, regular email updates can help you to keep on top of your business spending. Along with this, the auto-scaling feature can minimise the cost by reducing the total compute hours

If you are interested in Microsoft Azure services, you can view the pricing calculator or contact us directly at Cloudworks.

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