How to Lower Your Costs and Increase Profitability Using Microsoft Cloud Services
Cloud technology has resulted in exciting new opportunities that let your small business be competitive in the global market. According to Gartner, over $1.3 trillion will be spent by companies as they shift to the cloud by 2022.
Microsoft’s Azure is a collection of integrated cloud services from the global technology giant that includes storage, databases, web services, computing, mobile, analytics and networking. They allow your business to quickly and reliably deploy a range of mission-critical systems that range from PBX phone software to project management and accounting tools.
My team at CTECH Consulting Group put together the following list showing how Microsoft Cloud Services reduce your costs, increase efficiency, and boost your profits.
File Storage and Access
Thanks to cloud computing, your company no longer needs to host large caches of application and data servers. Maintenance of such infrastructure is an obstacle to many small and growing firms that seek to take advantage of data integration.
Azure File Storage Solutions expose a selection of storage solutions for all your budget, scale, and performance needs. They range from low-cost archiving solutions to high-throughput, low latency managed disk systems that offer affordable storage for I/O-heavy applications. They include:
- Block Blobs: This is scalable storage for your documents, binary data, unstructured text, videos and pictures. Microsoft Cloud Services’ Hot, Cool, and Archive block tiers allow you to choose a solution that best fits your needs and budget.
- Azure Data Lake Storage: With the power and flexibility of a Hadoop file system combined with a hierarchical namespace, Data Lake storage scales up Azure Block Blob while remaining affordable for your growing business.
- Managed Disks: Designed to offer you 99.999% availability, these are persistent, secure disks which can handle simple, scalable virtual machine (VM) deployment.
- File-Sharing: Azure offers fully managed file sharing through the cloud via the Server Message Block protocol. This lets you share files and documents across different applications using REST or Windows APIs.
Organization and Automation of Business Processes
You can improve your business operations through the automation of your processes.
To give you an excellent example of this, automation has allowed manufacturers worldwide to increase output while they cut down on cost dramatically. A standout industry is automobile manufacturing, where automation of repetitive tasks helps to improve quality, reduce errors, and cut down on production times. Cloud computing can give you the same advantage.
Azure Automation is a cloud service that allows you to deploy and execute PowerShell scripts without a physical or virtual machine. Besides serverless execution, Azure Automation also eliminates the need to set up intervals in Task Scheduler. Because of this, you do not introduce security risks by exposing credentials saved as assets and not in plain text files.
Thanks to cloud computing, members of your team can create, share, access, and edit documents and files from anywhere via their computers or mobile devices. As a result, your in-house and remote employees can work on collaborative projects together, improving quality, saving time, and reducing costs. With the advent of COVID -19, Azure also allows your people to stay safe at home and still be productive.
In this new remote working situation, your employees keep in touch through chat apps and conference calls and securely share documents and files on the cloud. To tighten your organization’s security, set up Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) with single sign-on so that you do not have to worry about your employees’ mailing download links for confidential documents through insecure channels.
Azure AD Conditional Access allows you to secure access to your cloud applications, using security defaults to protect sign-ins. If you require to collaborate securely with your suppliers or partners, Microsoft also offers Azure AD B2B.
Backup, Disaster Recovery and Data Protection
If you find your service disrupted by corrupted or accidentally deleted data, you need to recover your business in an orchestrated way quickly. Azure gives small companies an end-to-end data recovery and backup solution that is simple, cost-effective, secure, and scalable. You can easily integrate it with your on-premises backup solution.
Azure Site Recovery configures your Virtual Machines to failover between cloud datacenters while securing them through network security groups. By isolating your backup data from the original, offering multifactor authentication, and protection from accidental deletion, Azure Backup protects your essential business and client information.
Azure Site Recovery gives you a low recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) if you need to bring your organization back up after a data-loss incident quickly. As a zero-infrastructure platform, it lowers the costs associated with setting up and maintaining a remote datacenter.
Microsoft Cloud Services and Azure offer so many benefits to small, growing businesses and is transforming how they use technology to increase efficiency and lower costs. Azure is a platform that has leveled the playing field and allowed smaller businesses the chance to compete with large corporations for market share.