The cloud is one of the greatest technology trends over the past few years and the Internet of Things has grown due to it. Microsoft Azure is the leading public cloud platform and is a growing collection of services for building, testing, deploying and managing applications and services. Compared to traditional IT models it offers greater flexibility and scalability, as well as being cost-effective.

Whilst Microsoft Azure’s benefits are abundant and have been iterated many times, below are some of the questions many IT departments are asking:

How disruptive is Microsoft Azure integration?

Microsoft provides a Service Level Agreement as a commitment for uptime and connectivity. Azure services have their own SLAs, allowing users to be fully aware of any downtime.

Many people question where Azure can be integrated into their current network and whether staff will be able to have control. Whilst each Azure service will require different levels of certification they can be taught through effective training and ample exposure to Azure use.

Is cloud storage secure?

With encryption software and passwords cloud storage is as safe as current technology allows.

Will the cloud make some jobs obsolete?

Developments in technology are undoubtedly exciting but some IT employees have taken a step back and analysed their career landscape. Many worry that the growing use of cloud will make their jobs obsolete. However, this is untrue. The introduction of the cloud to a business means IT departments will need to learn new maintenance techniques and it is likely new job opportunities will arise as a result.

How do you get started with Microsoft Azure?

For organisations starting out in the world of cloud, Microsoft Azure provides a set of extensible preconfigured solutions in direct response to some of the most common cloud situations. Some of these include asset management, predictive maintenance and remote monitoring.

Many companies, when harnessing Microsoft Azure, put in a test, plan, train, repeat mode of integration. This allows any issues to be ironed out along the way before the platform is deployed across the whole business. There are also more than 80 courses available with the Azure Virtual Academy, stemming from beginner to expert.

How is cloud storage better than a traditional server?

Many businesses are reluctant to move away from traditional servers. Understandably, it is easier to rely on something that is physically present. However, Microsoft Azure offers a more affordable and value-rich alternative to physical storage. Other advantages of cloud storage include:

  • Increased accessibility – files can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Increased usability – Mac and PC proficient as well as being able to drop files between cloud and local storage.
  • Better disaster recovery – cloud storage can be used to provide a second back-up of important files and can be stored in a remote location.
  • Improved scalability –only pay for the amount of storage used and this can be increased as a business develops.
  • Immortal storage – hardware can become obsolete or break whereas cloud storage can be upgraded.


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