Azure is a cloud computing service platform that allows companies to take advantage of a wide variety of different features. Companies no longer have to maintain localized hardware, or they can leverage the Azure stack to get the capabilities on-premises. With over 600 services, Azure has a lot to offer. So what are some of the best ways companies can benefit?
1. Maximize Customer Engagement
Azure provides companies a robust platform to host and maintain their public facing websites, among other things. Instead of using a separate hosting provider like GoDaddy or Bluehost, you get the benefit of Azure’s robust maintenance and security features, without losing the benefits.
With Azure’s Management Portal, you can add a new WordPress blog (or other type), create a customer forum, even build an eCommerce site. Want to keep your website code hosted somewhere else? Azure integrates with DropBox and Github to make it seamless.
2. Be Data Savvy
For your day-to-day, making sense of the vast amounts of data entering your business is crucial to keeping one step ahead of the game. Azure provides a laundry list of top tier services, from Visual Studio for applications and SQL server for database management.
Azure’s focus is interoperability, so applications developed in separate silos can be integrated into the system. But having access to data doesn’t equate to usefulness, at least not without a robust content management system. Azure links with Microsoft’s Business Intelligence services to give you a bird’s eye view of your applications and processes, with analytics, usage reports, and more.
3. Go International
Microsoft boasts data centers in 40 regions, giving your international customers and employees lightning fast speed. For those customers in other countries, Azure allows you to create a VPN, giving your team access to the same systems. This feature is available for the cloud, and for those with local datacenters. With a 99.9% uptime and industry-leading security protocols, you can be sure that your data is secure.
4. Grow Smartly
Inherently, using an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform leads to cost savings in scalability. Your business may be 50 employees today, but 5,000 employees in 5 years. Investing in a service that grows with you, and doesn’t require a reconfiguration every few months, is key to growing smartly.
Azure’s cloud storage solution includes everything from processing data to website images. The storage is provided in a “pay for what you need” model, which means both multi-billion dollar companies and local small businesses get the best value for their requirements.
5. Be Prepared for the Worst
No one wants to think about disaster recovery, until they’re thankful they have it. With Azure’s Cloud Backup solution, you can make sure everything from your databases to your public-facing website are up and running with 99.9% uptime.
With a growing service catalogue, Azure is one of the better solutions for infrastructure, software, and platform as a service. Companies can utilize the robust Microsoft Cloud to improve customer engagement, reach their employees around the world with robust applications, and be ready for change.
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