In our current COVID-19 era, businesses are continuously having to scramble to try to operate as efficiently as they did in the office while trying to stay afloat in a downturn economy. Whether you are an SME or a large corporation, the longevity of your business is directly tied to its ability to adapt to any circumstance and cloud computing ensures that you have business continuity safely without skipping a beat.
According to Microsoft’s website, “Cloud-computing is the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.”
Cloud migration offers many solutions that will enhance the performance of your business, but as with any new technology, you may rightly have concerns. How will the migration take place? Can you afford this and ultimately, will this work for your business? The answer is yes, it will.
Here are three reasons why your business should migrate to the cloud:
Saves you money
Cloud computing uses less hardware than physical servers which helps you spend less time managing your data centre. This also reduces your utility costs since it decreases the amount of electricity and cooling required to keep your servers running. Additionally, out of the 200 products available under Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, MS Azure, you only pay for the services you choose which include cost-optimisation tools to help forecast your bill and estimate the costs for your Azure projects.
Increases your security
Cloud migration helps safeguard your network against internal leaks thanks to intelligent artificial intelligence (AI) services backed by 3,500 cybersecurity professionals. They can identify new threats and respond quickly in real-time. That’s why companies like Swedish company Gränges – a leading global supplier of rolled products for brazed aluminium heat exchangers, relies on services like Azure Information Protection (AIP) to protect their business against a data security breach and keep their trade secrets safe. Also, when it comes to disaster recovery, cloud computing is superior in recovering your data as compared to on-premise servers that can be affected if a break-in, fire or natural disaster occurs.
Flexibility of transition
While migrating to the cloud can be a smooth and airy process, it does not happen overnight and there are considerations to be made. This is why Microsoft helps lighten this burden with MS Azure’s Cloud Adoption Journey. This service helps organisations and industries: define their strategy, make a plan, ready your organisation, adopt the cloud, and govern and manage your digital estate. Once cloud migration seems to be the right fit for you, your business can adopt take advantage of MS Azure IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-service) just as Smithfield Foods did in their transition to cloud computing. They knew that their data could not travel to and from the cloud quickly enough for their rural workers with weak internet connections to do their jobs so they used Azure ExpressRoute and Equinix (an Azure ExpressRoute partner) to provide a high-performance, private and secure connection between customer IT environments and Azure.
Modernise your data practices and evolve your business’ performance and efficiency by migrating to the cloud today.