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What is Azure and how can it help my business?

What is Azure and how can it help my business?
Ahead of our Microsoft workshop on Azure, Anthony thought it would help to explain what Azure does and how it can help your business.

Microsoft Azure. An enigma to anyone but the technically minded. Is it something that should be avoided? We firmly believe the answer to that is "no". Microsoft Azure is the future and in this blog I am going to explain why.

The first question to address is: what is Microsoft Azure? In short, it is a cloud computing service providing software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) through a secure global network.

However, that explanation is a little jargon heavy and doesn’t really express all that Azure can do. Basically, Azure can be whatever you need it to be; it can be an off-site backup, a disaster recovery service, or something inbetween. And the best thing is, you pay a monthly fee rather than a giant several thousand-pound bill up front. It is tailored to your business and completely adaptable to suit your needs.

Azure saves you money in two ways: you only pay for what you use, month on month, and it also removes the need to buy a giant new server when yours is on its last legs. Hardware will eventually fail, it’s sad and unfortunate yet inevitable. Each time it fails you need to replace it, costing the business a large amount of money. So, you replace the system, everything is fine for a few years and then the process repeats.

With Azure, you can build your own off-site server, on a secure network, stored completely in the cloud in a UK based data centre all for a monthly fee without the large outlay. In addition, you can add off-site backup and a disaster recovery system. You are in complete control of your system, and you can add and remove aspects of your system with ease. Essentially, you can build your IT infrastructure into the cloud, protecting the business against a disaster and future proofing all in one.

I know it sounds all good to be true, but I can promise you it is. Azure can be whatever you need it to be, isn’t that something worth investigating?

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