Over the past few years, Microsoft has paid close attention to the fact that small and medium sized businesses are becoming more innovating in terms of opting for improved technology. They are integrating smarter IT options in their work to enhance the performance of their employees and the overall growth of the company.
Amongst the various IT platforms that Microsoft has introduced so far, Azure is one of the most celebrated one. It is a cloud computing platform that enables users to perform a number of integrated services such as networking, computing, database, analysing, storage and web. Like any other cloud service, this recent technology has also eliminated the need of office bound work. Instead, despite all geographical barriers, employees can easily connect with each other and collaborate about their work.
Along with this, there are several other advantages too of using Microsoft Azure Cloud for your SME. Some of these have been discussed below,
1. Minimum Outlay of Capital
Azure helps small companies to minimize the growing upfront costs of their business by allowing them to pay for those models only which they are using promptly. This eventually lowers the overall cost of analysing, testing, developing, and then redistributing applications, because now they will be paying for the storage space used by them. Thus, this is a very efficient way for SME to achieve economies of scale and reduce CAPEX.
2. Opex Cost
Azure offers reduced cost of ownership via lowered CAPEX and OPEX. Many entrepreneurs do not know the underlying fact that there is a direct connection between the value of the business and it’s Opex. So what’s beneficial for the company in terms of its opex value? It is when the company is producing the products of same quality and quantity but at a decreased Opex. Azure makes it possible through its efficient solutions of reducing operational expenses.
3. Virtual Machines
All the companies that rely on IT solutions for their business need to have a physical server room. These rooms require proper cooling system and maintenance facilities for the smooth running of machines. However, with Azure’s cloud-based technology, you can work with virtual machines instead of physical ones with exact standards. These virtually existing cloud machines can be created and brought into function instantly, which saves plenty of time and resources.
4. High Level Security Protocol
Microsoft has always paid special attention to the security of its clients’ data. Hence, like rest of the software introduced by the company, Azure too has a high profile security system that restricts all kinds of digital data thefts.
5. The Disaster Recovery/ Backup Benefit
There is no doubt that cloud is the most reliable way of keeping an up-to-date backup of data. In fact this is the most common reason why most SMEs opt for this technology. Azure provides all the basic as well as advanced options for instant backup and ensure that all your important data can easily be recovered after a sudden deletion.