Are you considering a migration to Azure? From the benefits of Azure storage to the benefits of a complete Microsoft ecosystem, Azure has a number of features and advantages that make it the right solution for a business. But does that mean that it's right for your business?
Here are some of the reasons why you might want to migrate to Azure.
Leave More Time for Your Business
Business owners today are pulled in countless directions. Rather than just focusing on your business, you need to focus on your technology, your marketing strategies, your vendor contracts, your customer relationships. Azure's infrastructure-as-a-service leaves more time for you to do the things that you do best — provide your own products and services.
With infrastructure-as-a-service, you don't need to spend as much time managing your technology. Azure is frequently updated and well-secured, which reduces the overall administrative and technical burden on you.
Lower Your Total Cost of Ownership
On-premise solutions are expensive. You need to be constantly updating your servers, paying in-house IT professionals, and investing in new software solutions. Azure can reduce the total cost of ownership for your technology. You no longer need to purchase servers, you can reduce your reliance on your IT department, and you have virtually every solution you need for your business right there in a single convenient and affordable package.
As your company grows, you'll only need to pay for the resources that you use, rather than having to pay for costly upgrades. Your infrastructure will manage itself with the help of a Managed Service Provider, and you'll ultimately spend a lot less money and time micro-managing your system.
Reduce Your Chances of a Security Breach
Malicious attacks are becoming vastly more frequent. Today, most attacks are launched against small-to-mid-sized businesses. Criminal attackers are aware that SMBs often aren't well-secured, but they still have critical information that they need to protect. Consequently, many SMBs fall prey to ransomware; They need their data and can't avoid paying the ransom.
Cloud solutions are more secure rather than less secure, for a number of reasons. A managed cloud service will be secured by security experts, rather than by on-site staff that may or may not be specialized in the technology. Cloud solutions automatically update, which means that any vulnerabilities that are discovered are almost automatically closed. And cloud solutions are able to use the full force of cloud resources to identify and mitigate potential security breaches.
Leverage the Ability to Work from Anywhere
More employees today are working remotely or from home, and that's a good thing for any business owner. For business owners, more employees working out of the office means that less office space is needed. Not only are you able to reduce your brick-and-mortar infrastructure (which will reduce your costs by quite a lot), but you'll also be able to hire employees from anywhere in the world. You'll be able to access talent on an international level, strengthening your business in previously unprecedented ways.
Whether you have employees who frequently visit work sites, or you just want to be able to easily check your documents on your morning commute, the ability to work everywhere isn't just useful — it's critical for the future. The future is in the cloud, and one of the reasons for that is because people need to be able to work on their phone, tablet, 2-in-1, laptop, desktop, and more.
Keep Your Data Safe
Data is now the lifeblood of virtually every business. One of the major benefits to Azure storage is that you can keep large volumes of data indefinitely. You never have to be afraid that your data is going to be lost forever: It's synced and stored redundantly. Any time a file is deleted or overwritten, it can be restored. You don't need to worry about data-targeted malicious attacks, because your data can be restored with the click of a button.
Achieve Better Levels of Compliance
Compliance changes from year to year. If you have your own on-premise solutions, you have to micro-manage issues of compliance. But Azure automatically stores data in compliant ways, which means that you at least don't need to worry about your data storage.
As security and privacy become even more of a concern, companies are going to find themselves following a variety of new regulations regarding the way that data is stored and accessed. If you use Azure, you don't need to worry about these issues yourself. If you use another solution, you may find yourself running afoul of new regulations as they're introduced.
Should You Migrate to Azure?
So, why migrate to Azure? The above reasons are only a few of the most important reasons to migrate to Azure technology. Cloud-based solutions are affordable, scalable, and accessible. If you want to be able to work from anywhere, reduce your overhead costs, and build your business to even greater heights, you should consider the benefits of Azure.
Want to learn more? We can help. At Red River, we can perform a complete assessment regarding whether Azure is the right solution for you. Contact us today to get started.
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