As cloud computing enters the next stage of its evolution, more and more SMBs are becoming comfortable with the idea of migrating further into the cloud. As an industry leader, Microsoft is at the forefront of cloud computing and provides a wealth of services with its Azure offerings. However, with so many options available and misunderstanding galore, there’s little wonder so many SMBs are unsure of what benefits Microsoft Azure offers.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform providing SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a service), and IaaS (infrastructure as a Service); Azure also supports a variety of programming languages and tools. As those are a lot of abbreviations, let’s take a moment to discuss what some of these terms mean:
Cloud Computing - Transfers traditional physical computing to the virtual space of the cloud. An example of this would be saving documents to your Google Drive, Onedrive or any other online storage, as opposed to physical storage.
SaaS - Software as a Service: are cloud-based applications, also called ‘On Demand Software’ Examples of this would include Google’s G Suite or Microsoft’s Office 365 in which all the apps live in the cloud and are accessible via web browser. A benefit of SaaS is that they are subscription-based and usually have a low monthly fee or are even free. This can be substantial savings over purchasing software in one lump payment.
PaaS - Platform as a Service: Microsoft Azure can operate as a virtual platform and environment, allowing a developer to quickly build applications and services, such as web and mobile over the Internet, removing the need for physical equipment. Microsoft Azure includes an operating system, programming language execution environment, database, web server and more - all of which is accessible via a web-based interface.
IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service: Microsoft Azure offers a cloud-based solution to your physical server and networking operations. Microsoft Azure allows you to transfer all the resources needed to maintain your server to the cloud, effectively outsourcing your IT infrastructure to Azure. Moreover, when you use Microsoft Azure as an IaaS, your business can scale on demand, ramping up more resources for large projects and scaling down when the load is reduced. This can lead to considerable reductions in operating cost and flexibility that traditional physical storage can’t replicate.
As you can see, Microsoft Azure can be a critical part of your business’ modernization strategy, allowing you to migrate your business towards the cloud efficiently. Some other ways Microsoft Azure can benefit your business include; providing Business Intelligence research and analysis, the ability to connect to the IoT (Internet of Things) hub and devices and finally, you can use Microsoft Azure as part of your backup and disaster recovery solution.
Microsoft’s vast infrastructure, sustained growth of applications and services development makes Microsoft Azure the choice of the majority of the world’s Fortune 500 companies. However, being a small to medium-sized business does not close the doors on you. Azure’s scalability allows you to leverage the same tools enterprise companies have at an affordable price point.
KT Connections can show you the importance of cloud-based services for your business and help you transition to cloud-based computing using Azure.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.