4 Ways Azure Supports Digital Transformations
Digital transformation projects are moving up the CTO priority list and most are paired with evaluating Microsoft Azure as part of the initiative. We sat down with Eze Castle’s Director of Cloud Infrastructure Robert Gee to understand some top reasons organizations are taking a closer look at Azure.
Flexibility Is Key
The word 'flexible' really doesn't do justice to how the public cloud has revolutionized technology for businesses across every sector of the economy. You can now service all users without having to set up data centers in every corner of the globe. You no longer have to purchase individual switches and circuits for short-term projects or sign a contract for additional storage space. With Azure, you leverage the resources of Microsoft and only pay for what you need as you go.
The Big Picture
Most companies recognize their savings when they step back to look at their total operating expenses. The public cloud is entirely scalable, giving you the opportunity to burst up or slow down as business fluctuates. You're not spending good money for hardware to sit idle, nor are you compromising your power users by downgrading services. This kind of win-win proposal is not a gimmick with the public cloud. It's a way to conserve energy for the sake of the environment and cut back on unnecessary spending.
Safe and Streamlined
As you scale on Azure, you can do so in a linear fashion rather than a sawtoothed pattern, a benefit that has saved countless wasted hours on needless adjustments. The public cloud also makes it easier to comply with the 3-2-1 Rule, which recommends firms have 3 copies of data and 2 backups of data on different storage media (with 1 stored offsite). And if you have VMware, you can still leverage the resources of Azure without risk to your production.
Choice Above All
The flexibility and choice that Azure provides can also create challenges if you don’t fully understand how it impacts your cloud strategy and associated cost structure. Using DR with Azure as an example, a Tier 1 workload may demand the very best, while other workloads are deemed less critical. Azure offers different billing methods coupled with lower performance options so you can prioritize based on your availability, location and performance needs. Bandwidth, as an example, is only charged based on transfers rather than a committed number of megabits, plus you're only charged for outbound networking, virtually eliminating the costs in a replication situation that requires only inbound networking.
Looking Ahead to a Digital Transformation
Azure is a tool, a powerful tool, but ultimately a tool that requires planning to deliver results. Your digital transformation must start with a roadmap that ensures business and IT alignment, a clear implementation path, a detailed cost analysis covering short-term and long-term and finally an execution plan.