When businesses mention “the cloud” and moving from traditional, legacy systems to the “modern cloud’ environment such as migrating to the Microsoft Cloud frequently there are questions. These questions typically consist of what exactly is the “the cloud” and how can it help my business? When understanding the concept of “the cloud” think about where your business data is and how can you access this information, securely.  In the past, companies relied on hosting their business data on a server, or multiple servers in addition to accessing information from the internet.  Programs and applications were also installed on these servers or computer desktops with the goal of proving employees with the information they need in a safe and secure manner. Business technology has evolved with the growing popularity and availability of a few very large companies proving their multiple online data centers to companies, ie “The Cloud”.  The Microsoft Cloud is also known as Microsoft Azure.

More specifically, Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service for application management.  Again, this information is managed in data centers by Microsoft.  Azure provides Software as a Service (Saas), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and supports many different programming languages, tools, and frameworks. Below are some of the primary benefits for companies to consider by Migrating to the Microsoft Cloud

Meeting Business Challenges: Migrating to the Cloud can help address infrastructure challenges such as expiring data center contracts, obsolete servers, and end of support for servers. The Microsoft Cloud provides support for various workloads and enables you to optimize costs, scale on-demand and keep applications secure.

Cost Savings: Further benefits of migrating to the Microsoft Cloud include cost savings; sometimes very dramatic.  By moving your infrastructure from on-premies to a cloud environment, companies can recognize savings in both reduced physical servers and equipment, plus the real estate along with utility requirements for these systems.  In addition, organizations pay only for the cloud resources that they use, meaning that they don’t need to pay for and maintain IT assets that they may only use occasionally. This is a much more efficient use of business capital.

Scalability: The Cloud also has a unique ability to be flexible as needed. When demand spikes or the organization needs more powerful computing resources, organizations can alter their resources instantly on-demand. Companies can also take a “hybrid cloud” approach, but migrate some of their workloads to the cloud and keep others in a traditional on-premises environment.

Enhanced Security: Many public clouds, including Microsoft,  have built-in security features and specialized cloud security tools to help ensure that an organization’s resources are protected. Security patching is done automatically by the cloud provider in many cases. Some cloud platforms have even specialized offerings to seamlessly meet compliance requirements for certain industries.

Back-Up and Recovery: Most cloud providers help to improve business continuity by offering built-in, one-click backup and recovery capabilities. Some providers also offer the ability to store backups in different geographic regions.

Whether you are migrating or extending your infrastructure in the cloud, making the move to a cloud environment should be done in a careful way to minimize any disruption. Furthermore, maintaining business continuity is also paramount in addition to your company committing to optimizing your cloud infrastructure. With the benefits highlighted, businesses continue to move to a cloud environment in which they have the flexibility to scale on-demand, recognized a cost-saving, along with better security for their organization.   It is best to work with an established Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider, such as iCepts Technology Group, Inc. to help guide you on what is best for your business when Migrating to the Microsoft Cloud.

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