On-site data centers are fast going out of fashion, much like dial-up internet and mainframes already have. Cloud solutions are everywhere now, far more affordable and efficient and thousands of companies are busy migrating their business to the cloud as we speak.
With so much choice in the cloud arena, why are some of the biggest companies in the world, like BMW, 3M and GE, choosing Microsoft Azure as their choice of cloud?
Some of the reasons are:
- Flexible – Azure allows you to scale your storage and services on the fly; no more having to upgrade physical hardware or updating/purchasing/deploying new operating systems to get the power your business needs.
- Cost – Azure offers cheaper, more cost-effective solutions to adding and scaling your infrastructure, eliminating the need to purchase physical hardware, services and infrastructure, not to mention the cost savings in IT experts.
- Applications – Azure offers a huge amount of services, including on-demand storage, a range of Visual Studio applications and more. With Azure, app development, testing and deployment are a breeze and you get the advantage of significant savings on licenses when you migrate your apps to Azure.
- Disaster Recovery – Azure offers a high-speed, decentralized infrastructure that fits in with any Disaster Recovery plan; critical applications and data can continue running during recovery and, rather than days or weeks, recovery is done within hours.
The combination of the huge infrastructure Microsoft has, constant development of apps and services and their extremely powerful place in the IT marketplace ensures that Azure is the choice of almost all Fortune 500 companies in the world.
But because it is infinitely scalable, it fits all companies of all sizes.
One area where Azure does excel is in logging, offering features like:
- Logging and health monitoring to ensure the integrity and safety of your data. Know instantly if your infrastructure is suffering outage or performance issues and set alert levels for diagnostics, Windows IIS logs, crash dumps, and custom error logs.
- Unified Logs and Metrics; provided by Sumo, a trusted Microsoft partner, this unifies your metrics and logs from your whole cloud environment using machine learning to process the data.
It won’t be too long before on-site data centers are a thing of the past. More and more businesses are making the leap to cloud computing using Microsoft Azure to keep their businesses in the move and up to date.
Now let’s talk about Microsoft Azure security – is Microsoft Azure secure?