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To Azure, or not to Azure, that is the question

Nowadays more and more businesses are looking to migrate to the cloud, and that means that cloud providers are racing to be the industry standard. Microsoft Azure is continually gaining ground in the cloud storage world. Azure has the power of Microsoft behind it, and is a recognized leader in IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. If you are looking to transition your business to the cloud, here are the pros and cons of using Microsoft Azure.


Pros

Low Downtime

Microsoft Azure’s infrastructure allows them to offer one of the highest SLAs in the industry. Because of the global scale of Azure’s data centers, Azure offers a service level agreement of 99.95% which is around 4 hours of downtime a year.

Security

One of the largest concerns businesses have when migrating to the cloud is security. Azure follows the standard security model of detect, assess, diagnose, stabilize, and close. Azure is a leader in IaaS security and has multiple compliance certifications. Azure offers multi-level protection and simple, user-friendly services.

Scalability

Microsoft Azure can scale to meet your computing needs with the click of a button. This is specifically helpful if your computing needs vary throughout the month.

Cost-Effective

Let’s face it, integrating new technology is a daunting task, and convincing higher ups that moving to the cloud is tough if it will break your IT budget. Azure offers pay-as-you-go pricing which helps you manage your IT budget and only pay for what you need. 

Cons

Data Transer Rates

All Azure services are subject to data transfer fees. Did you find this small tidbit of information when you were looking into Azure? Probably not. This is where large cloud services like Azure, AWS and Google gouge their customers. You may not realize it but for in and out data, you will be charged a separate fee.

Maintenance

Azure is not perfect, nothing is, and there are a whole set of cons that come with it when it comes to moving. Azure needs to be set up and managed properly which may include patching and monitoring. This is true for most providers though, since you are moving your data off of your servers and onto the cloud.

Expertise

Azure requires a bit of expertise on your end to ensure everything is working properly and as efficiently as possible. On-site server power does not translate directly to cloud services, so a common mistake companies make is over allocating cloud services, basically, buying more than you need, which can be a costly mistake.

Support

Azure offers support, but they do not come included. Most of the support is done only through email and communicating through email for high levels of support can require tech knowledge on your part. Since you are moving your hardware onto the cloud, you will need an IT professional on staff to manage your servers or you can quickly get in over your head. Consider talking to us about how we can help. 

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