Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Designing a network for your business remains the same. The solution however will be built in the cloud using Microsoft Azure. The initial investment will be the professional services to design, migrate and/or implement the agreed environments. Once in place, the ongoing expenses are based on consumption. Meaning you pay for what you use.
Should you move to the cloud or not? There is flexibility of choice based on your business requirements. Going to the cloud requires a strategic focus. What business capabilities are best to be on–premise now and what is best to migrate to the cloud now and in the future for informed and appropriate decisions.
Why not keep it simple and save money? In the cloud model upon which Azure is based, resources are “right sized” to current needs ongoing. This flexible and elastic model of the cloud allows for scaling.
For example, processing cores, memory, and type or size of storage, can be adjusted ongoing as needed. Even if adjustments are only seasonal or temporary in nature, this ease of flexibility is a huge advantage.
You no longer worry about break-ins, alarm systems, rack space, temperature controls, power capacity, and people access for an on-premise data center. Onsite visits to manage physical devices are eliminated. The Microsoft Azure data centers are redundant across multiple locations for high availability design which protects your business from hardware failures.