Cloud Solutions

Microsoft Azure

Azure is gaining traction as the cloud infrastructure of choice for many IT professionals. Here are some of the reasons Transport Companies are turning to Azure as their cloud platform of choice and perhaps why your organization should also consider doing so:

IaaS and PaaS: Azure boasts an enticing combination of IaaS (managed) and PaaS (unmanaged) services. IaaS enables companies to outsource their cloud computing infrastructure and pay for only for what they use. PaaS allows companies to create their own Web apps and/or software without having to buy and maintain the underlying infrastructure. This enables organizations to customize their cloud software—like Office 365, for example—to meet their exact specifications and requirements. Because Azure is an industry leader in both of these categories, companies can more quickly and easily build, deploy and manage applications.

Reliability: Azure is backed by Microsoft’s growing number of global managed data centers; currently, the company has data centers across 19 regions. Furthermore, the company boasts 99.95 percent availability and 24/7 tech support and health monitoring.

Microsoft Azure is Fast Across the Board

Speed is critical to businesses of all types, and is a key marker of competitive advantage.

In the context of this Azure benefit, speed is prevalent across three key areas:

Speed of deployment
Speed of operation
Speed of scalability
With all three functions in place, on-premises solutions, even leading cloud providers will find it almost impossible match.

Increase your Business Agility with Azure

Companies using Microsoft Azure have faster development cycles that on-premises solutions. This means that when they are developing their applications they can get more responsive feedback and become more iterative.

Which in-turn allows them to explore the outcomes of technologies in a manner that will suit business objectives.

From a financial perspective — these product cycles allow for measured suitability without expensive outlay or setting up complex infrastructure .

As you can see, business agility is more than just ‘maintaining standard’, it’s about growing quicker and failing faster.

While some may argue that this scale can only be exploited by smaller organizations, this is not the case. Such that BP recently used this function as a driver for their migration.

Disaster Recovery is Solved with Azure

In tandem with this, the CSOs equally have to maintain a stronghold so that there is a consideration for their disaster recovery capabilities. This includes subjects like fail-over locations and recovery points objectives.

Fortunately, Azure covers this in spades.

They have:

Regional and global fail-over options
Hot and cold standby models
Rolling reboot capabilities
All of which can work straight out of the box. Which, in short, puts them far beyond a typical on-premises option.

Delight your CFO with Flexible Expenditure

Despite the common mis-conception, cloud computing, specifically Microsoft Azure, may not necessarily be cheaper than a private cloud. However, this is not an issue.

Whereby, one of the advantages of cloud computing is that you are able to very cost efficiently test new solutions and their impact. Once this is done, you can choose to tactically scale in areas that provide the best business outcomes.

As such, your costings may increase, but the ROI is greater than ever before, whilst reducing the need to pay for inefficient resources.

Equally, should you experience seasonal differences in demand, or choose to change revenue models, you need only adapt your Azure Portal.

Which, in the eyes of a CFO, is essential to long-term success.

Become Secure with Microsoft Azure

Amongst the various parts to Azure’s security proposition, one of the most impactful is the facilitation of secure and seamless logon for their users. Whether that be business to business, or business to consumer.

With the help of Azure Single Sign-On, users can easily access all of their relevant platforms without the requirements of remembering complex password. In doing so, you can reduce the ability of hacking into select accounts, and enable more gradual controls, such as location and device-specific.