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The Pros and Cons of Microsoft Azure: Cloud Services for Business

Numerous organisations are adopting a cloud-based IT infrastructure these days in order to optimise the way they work. One of the key players in the cloud market is Microsoft's Azure platform. It's possibly the most advanced platform available and offers a wealth of features and functionalities, as well as world-class security systems and compliance certifications.

In this post we’re going to take an unbiased look at what we consider to be the 3 main advantages and disadvantages of business cloud services with Microsoft Azure. Hopefully we’re going to help you make you mind up as to whether you should also be adopting Azure or not. This is the first in a series of posts about the big 3 cloud providers. Keep an eye out for our posts on AWS and Google cloud platform.

Pro's

Security & Compliance

Microsoft Azure boasts over 90 compliance certifications, including over 50 to specific global regions. They also invest $1b+ in security R&D and work with 3,500 cyber security experts. Azure's core privacy principle is that you own your data.

Flexibility to operate

With Azure you can operate a hybrid cloud model seamlessly. On premise, across multiple clouds or at the edge - Azure allows you to integrate and manage your environments with tools and services designed for hybrid cloud.

Simple Migration

Azure makes it super simple to migrate from on-premise to your new cloud system. You can easily migrate one thing at a time as fast or as slow as you want thanks to their brilliant integration with on-premise systems.

Con's

Complex Infrastructure

Azure is a feature rich and highly advanced platform. Building an Azure based infrastructure is incredibly complex and requires a lot of specialist expertise. You will need to have somebody available to you that has those expertise in order to make the most of Azure.

Regional Gaps

Microsoft has 60+ regions across the globe. If your business is within one of those regions you are more than likely going to have many services available to you at brilliant speeds. If your business falls outside of those regions though, that may be a different story.

Could Get Expensive

If your organisation processes a lot of data, employs a lot of people and requires a lot of power from its servers, Azure may not be for you. Azure's pay as you go model is great for SME's, but you could see your costs creeping up as you use more resources.

Our Summary?

Microsoft Azure business cloud services is a truly brilliant platform that packs in all of the functionality that any SME could ever need, and more. It features something for everyone, from access and identity management for every day use, to serverless and edge computing for high-tech development. It integrates with every other Microsoft product, as well as some of the key players in the industry to bring you a seamless and easy experience.

That said, as with anything, Azure has it’s downfalls. It’s wealth of features and functionalities does create a bit of a maze when setting up your cloud platform and ideally you need to bring in somebody (or a whole team of somebodies) to get you set up and migrated properly. If you are in regions such as northern Russia, Chile or Alaska, you will probably struggle to get the services and the speeds that are offered to businesses elsewhere in the world. And if you happen to work for a huge corporation that deals with ludicrous amounts of data and resources, it’s probably going to be less cost effective to adopt Azure than it would be to stick with your onsite servers.

All in all though, we think that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages of Azure and we would highly recommend taking a good look at the system with a view to adopting it. 

Do you think your organisation will benefit from migrating to Azure? Get in touch to find out how we can help get you there.

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