There is a reason why organisations around the world are choosing to migrate to the cloud, or at least adopt a hybrid infrastructure. It’s more scalable, it’s readily available, it’s safer and it’s cheaper.
You don’t have to move everything to the cloud straight away. Azure is a great hybrid option to start your cloud journey, sophisticated sync tools mean that the gap between on-premises and Azure is seamlessly bridged.
Use familiar tools and skills and run your applications across both on-premises and cloud taking the best from your existing investments while also giving your IT team the ability to harness the benefits of the cloud.
Azure Virtual Machines are a great example of a cloud advantage. They give your IT team the freedom to experiment and innovate – they can test, develop and get feedback much faster by spinning up a custom VM in a few seconds.
We’re going to debunk the myth that on-premises is more secure than cloud.
Here’s a real-life example of how on-premises went wrong for one organisation. The cooling system in their server room broke causing the servers to overheat resulting in downtime for some major business systems. This wouldn’t have happened if their servers were on Azure.
But physical security it just one element. Let’s look at cyber security.
Security is built into Azure from the ground up. Microsoft Azure has:
Microsoft Azure is made up of several different security features that function together to create a robust, trustworthy platform for your applications and data.
Azure Active Directory is a multi-tenant, cloud-based directory and identity management service you can link to your existing on-premises Active Directory to offer a single identity. Your IT team controls single sign-on (SSO) access to cloud SaaS applications like SharePoint and Office 365. As well as device management, multi-factor authentication, role-based access control, self-service group management, application usage monitoring.
Azure Disaster Recovery and backup offers a simple, secure, scalable and cost-effective way to store and recover data whether cloud based or on-premises resources. Manage them from a single interface and easily define policies to natively protect, monitor and manage workloads across hybrid and cloud.
Use Azure Site Recovery to configure VMs to fail over to the cloud, or between data centres, and secure them with network security groups. Use Azure backup to protect data from accidental deletion and ransomware by isolating backup data from its original. Restore data much more quickly than on-premises solutions.
Already have a disaster recovery and backup solution like Veeam, Acronis or Backup Exec? You can still use them in addition to Azure, using Azure as a backup target or to orchestrate virtual machine failover should disaster strike.
We have a range of services to support your journey to the cloud. Whether it’s helping you to migrate your applications and data to Azure, providing a full on-going managed service for your Azure resources, or simply an initial assessment to understand your current digital estate and your options for upgrading.