What makes Azure special? Here are some benefits businesses stand to gain:
- Azure offers a wide range of usage-based services, including applications, compute, storage, and network services. This means you can run your operations more cost-effectively. 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, whether you need to quickly accommodate the storage of large files, or you need to meet peak customer demand for an online sale.
- Save on hardware - Moving to the cloud also means you don’t have to make capital investments in hardware, freeing up budget to spend on other business needs.
- It is open and flexible — you can build applications using any language, tool, or framework.
- Once applications are hosted on Azure, you can enable your employees and customers to have controlled access to data from anywhere and any device.
- Azure also offers the unique ability to integrate public cloud solutions with the existing IT environment. This offers a real advantage over other platforms, which take an “all or none” strategy.
- With Azure, you can count on your applications and services, with a 99.95% monthly SLA, and automatic OS and service patching.
- Azure offers small and midsize organizations enterprise-level security, with the high level of data protection and datacenter security required by the largest organizations.
- Hybrid cloud - If you prefer to go the hybrid way, i.e. deploy in the cloud for some workloads to gain greater agility, save on capital expenses and be burden free, while for other workloads, you choose on-premise for a greater level of direct control and customization, along with a larger up-front investment and more hands-on management, Microsoft has the platform and tools to make this easy and seamless. Microsoft offers a single, complete platform whether you are running servers on-site, virtualizing your workloads, or moving them to the cloud.