Moving to the Cloud: Microsoft Azure

Being able to access files while on the go and being able to collaborate on projects with colleagues working from different locations is a must-have option for most businesses today. This means that more and more businesses are moving to the cloud and using platforms like Microsoft Azure to make their workdays more efficient. If you are unsure about whether or not Microsoft Azure will work well for your unique business needs, the team from EC Managed IT would love to answer any questions you might have.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure, previously known as Windows Azure, is an ever-expanding public cloud computing platform that offers businesses access to a wide range of different cloud services that are designed to help businesses meet challenges and organizational goals. Businesses using Microsoft Azure will have the option to pick and choose from computing, analytics, storage, and networking services, as well as to develop and scale new applications or to run existing applications in the public cloud where all employees will have access to them. Microsoft Azure is a great option for all kinds of industries, as it provides four different forms of cloud computing:

  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a service (PaaS)
  • Software as a service (SaaS)
  • Serverless

How Does Microsoft Azure Work?

Once a business signs up to use Microsoft Azure, they will be able to access all of the services included in the Azure portal, as well as to a number of third-party vendors who offer software directly through Azure. The type of service that a business has access to will depend on the customer support option chosen, which will vary in terms of scope and price. The customer support options made available for Azure are:

  • Basic
  • Developer
  • Standard
  • Professional Direct
  • Premier

Benefits of Microsoft Azure

One of the biggest benefits of Microsoft Azure is that it makes it so businesses do not have to spend time and money on buying, configuring, maintaining, and repairing hardware in order to run cloud-based workloads. Azure also offers virtual resources that cannot fail unexpectedly, preventing your business from having to deal with downtime and costly repairs. All of their virtual resources can be scaled up or down, depending on your business needs, at any given time.

If you would like to learn more about moving to the cloud or about Microsoft Azure, or if you are interested in our Microsoft Azure applications, please contact EC Managed IT at 604-888-7904 or by requesting a consultation online.


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