Businesses had no option besides on premise storage before the inception of the cloud. Thanks to advancements in technology, most businesses have adopted a cloud-first strategy. While on premise clouds have their benefits, they also have a number of drawbacks when compared to Azure cloud. For instance, there is a lack of scalability, it’s too expensive, there are security risks, and it has its own staffing requirements.
If you are considering cloud migration, here are a few good reasons why you must go for Azure:
When it comes to speed of scalability as well as deployment speed, Azure is much faster than on premise solutions. If you wish to optimize workloads or expand operations with an on premise cloud, you will require software updates and new hardware in addition to staffing requirements. Besides, adequate physical storage space, power, and cooling capacity are also necessary for on premise solutions. Azure, on the other hand, offers services such as Azure AutoScale through which apps can be scaled dynamically to meet your changing requirements, thereby making Azure not only more efficient, but also more adaptable than on premise clouds.
Azure Virtual Machines is among the most efficient features offered by Azure. Through it, you can establish customized virtual machines in a matter of seconds by defining a workload, language, and operating system. On premise solutions are not equipped to perform such functions, because they require as many machines as there are operating systems. Azure enables more experimentation for businesses as it helps in testing, developing, and receiving feedback faster by working on multiple virtual machines.
Most businesses are concerned about costs when it comes to investing in cloud solutions. Azure does not require you to make investments in new infrastructure or machines, or replacing old servers. It doesn’t even require you to make space for servers and infrastructure. The expenses incurred on Azure are flexible, meaning that you will pay based on what you need and save on cooling costs, energy, and space.
Security is among the main reasons why businesses prefer on premise solutions as they believe locally hosted data is more secure than cloud-based storage. However, that’s a myth. Azure Active Directory – an identity management service and a cloud-based, multi-tenant directory, offers state-of-the-art security for businesses and ensures that only relevant users receive access to sensitive information. Through it, IT admins can provide SSO (Single Sign-on) access to employees for various cloud SaaS applications such as Office 365, SharePoint, etc.
Azure is much more than just cloud-based storage and security. It provides businesses with a full delivery pipeline including integration testing, unit testing, source control, live apps and tools, and delivery. You also have nothing to worry about when it comes to maintenance as Microsoft takes care of everything, be it Azure infrastructure, patching, security, redundancy, physical servers, or updates.
On premise solutions may have their uses, but if you’re considering cloud migration, Azure cloud has the potential to ensure better security, greater speed, scalability, and reliability for your business.