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Why migrating resources to the cloud? These are benefits of Microsoft Azure.


Outsourcing technological resources has grown stronger as a feasible alternative among decision makers in the IT department. With the passing of years, more and more companies have opted for cloud-based solutions, leaving aside the old paradigm that hosting resources locally was the only option.

Although it is true that this alternative has multiple benefits that are attractive at first glance, it is necessary that each company conducts a thorough analysis of different variables before choosing a specific path, since both environments, local and in the cloud are useful depending on the nature of business.

Microsoft Azure is a cloud-based computing service tool that since year 2010 has been positioning itself in the market as the biggest referent in the field, offering a wide variety of technological services throughout its 54 regions worldwide. But what makes the cloud so appealing for many companies? These are some of its benefits:

Scalability: The main objective of scalability is ensuring the adequate performance of our resources at every time. The Microsoft Azure platform offers very simple scalability solutions both vertical (higher computing capacity) and horizontal (higher amount of resources) that are available at any moment, which opens the possibility of escalating in a few minutes or even auto-escalate according to the organization’s needs. Comparing this previous information with local environments, generally update processes, both hardware and software are complex and demand a good deal of time, which delays the business operation.

Costs: Without a doubt, the economical aspect is one of the biggest concerns for companies, since the objective is to make mindful investments. Because of this, the following points are so relevant when making a decision:

  1. Use/consumption modality. The company pays only for what it consumes
  2. Savings on maintenance expenses. For example: electricity, physical space, hardware equipment, etc.
  3. Flexibility regarding resource consumption. In other words, the more the company pays, the more it receives. If any resource is no longer necessary, it is simply eliminated and this expense is eliminated

Security and reliability: Security is one of the main aspects why companies refuse to migrate towards cloud environments, since they believe that storing resources locally is safer, which is a myth. Microsoft Azure platform counts with multiple security certifications applied to data centers, as well as to the information in them, complying with the highest protection standards for technological resources. This allows resources, as well as information, to remain always integrally available, to the point that Microsoft guarantees up to a 99.999% of availability in their service level agreements (SLAs)

The decision of migrating or not to the cloud must not be taken lightly. It is necessary to analyze all related variables and if the change can really create any value. Once this is finished, the information must be collected to evacuate any kind of doubt and be aware that all the company has different needs. Nowadays it is important that all the companies and TI departments work under a proactive outlook, and not a reactive one, with the target of assuring the maximization of resources.

References:

SLA Sumaary for Azure Services (n.d.). Retrieved from https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/legal/sla/summary/

 

Author: Jason Araya Solano


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