If you’ve been thinking about switching over to cloud storage solutions and cloud business intelligence but haven’t quite made up your mind regarding its real advantages to your enterprise, you should know that a lot of companies have already jumped on the bandwagon – and reaped the benefits. One popular cloud management solution is Microsoft Azure, and it has already made a name for itself. This has been proven by Azure cloud services being recognized as the leader in cloud infrastructure services in the Cloud Infrastructure as a Service 2017 space of Garner. So, what else should you know about Azure services and its advantages? Let’s find out.

Enhanced availability

Compared to other platforms, Azure has an enhanced availability as well as redundancy with data centers located globally. Due to this, Azure is actually able to offer an SLA or Service Level Agreement of as much as 99.95%, with a little less than 5 hours of accumulated downtime every single year. Most other vendors cannot provide you with this kind of availability.

Strong security

There’s no doubt that Azure is designed with a singular focus and attention on security, as it follows the security model DADSC, or Detect, Assess, Diagnose, Stabilize, and Close. And this, combined with tougher controls, has allowed the platform to achieve many certifications on compliance, effectively making it a leader when it comes to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) security. Furthermore, it’s not only the platform which is duly protected – the end user (you) are, too, as the specialists in cloud management from LiquidDataSystems.com confirm. Azure can provide you with multiple levels of protection, ranging from requirements for application passwords to multi-factor authentication.

Better scalability

A good cloud management service will offer scalability – and this is precisely what Azure provides. For instance, your enterprise probably runs and operates SQL intelligence and reports 28 days out of 30 days in a month, and this uses only minimal computing power. But during the 29th to the 30th day, there is often an increase in activity when it comes to reports, which requires more computing capability. With Azure, you can easily scale computing power or capability with just one click. Since this is a very scalable structure, you have the flexibility to only pay for what you use.

A cost-effective solution

Every business wants to find a way to save money – and with Azure services such as Azure data storage, email archiving solutions, and more, your business can save money by offering you a pay as you go solution which allows you to more effectively manage your resources since you only purchase what you require. What’s more, it allows you to launch internal apps as well as customer apps right in the cloud, and this can help you save on the expenses associated with infrastructure as well as expenses related to hardware maintenance. 

By Kar

Dr. Kar works in the interface of digital transformation and data science. Professionally a professor in one of the top B-Schools of Asia and an alumni of XLRI, he has extensive experience in teaching, training, consultancy and research in reputed institutes. He is a regular contributor of Business Fundas and a frequent author in research platforms. He is widely cited as a researcher. Note: The articles authored in this blog are his personal views and does not reflect that of his affiliations.

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