Microsoft Azure is a flexible cloud platform that helps you grow with greater efficiency and be more responsive to change.
With Azure, you can be up and running fast. Scale up or down as needed, and avoid high capital costs—paying only for what you use.
Microsoft Azure helps your business grow with greater efficiency and be more responsive to change. It is a flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacentres. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment. With Azure, you can be up and running fast whilst avoiding high capital costs—paying only for what you use.
Why the Cloud?
There’s a lot of talk about cloud computing these days. It can be helpful to take a step back and really understand what the cloud is. Why does it matter to your business?
At the most basic level, the public cloud is about instantly extending your IT infrastructure. And it can offer small and midsize organisations a lot of great benefits:
– It means you can be up and running fast. You bring products and services to market faster than the competition. This means you can spend more time innovating and less time managing IT infrastructure.
– It takes away the large, lumpy Capital Expenditure required to implement and periodically refresh IT systems, replacing it with smooth, predictable Operational Expenditure – you pay for what you need, when you need it.
– It means you instantly have global scale, so you have everything you need to support your business growth ready to go when you need it. This means you don’t have to worry about running out of capacity for things like file storage or scaling up your applications to support more employees or customers.
– And it means you can run your operations more cost-effectively. With the cloud, you pay only for what you use, helping you save money as you grow your business. This can be especially beneficial for any applications that have variable computing needs. This is true whether you need to quickly accommodate the storage of large files, or you need to meet peak customer demand for an online sale. Moving to the cloud also means you don’t have to make capital investments in hardware. This frees up budget to spend on other business needs.
– If done right, cloud based services can also offer small and midsize organisations enterprise-level security, with the high level of data protection and datacentre security required by the largest organisations.