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Microsoft Azure: 3 Ways SMBs Can Accomplish Their Goals

Enterprises with a global presence are often associated with Microsoft Azure.

Despite Azure being used by 95 per cent of Fortune 500 companies, many small and medium-sized businesses in different industries have already discovered that it can help them achieve their goals, including government, healthcare, financial services, retail, and manufacturing.

Azure: What Is It and Why Do I Need to Care?

The Microsoft Azure cloud service portfolio is a growing collection of cloud services that organizations of all sizes can use for supporting their information technology needs while relying on Microsoft to manage the underlying infrastructure.

Compute, storage, and networking are Azure services that span several categories, including identity management and the internet of things (IoT).

By shifting both internal and external applications to the cloud, organizations can take advantage of the many benefits that the cloud can provide, including scalability, flexibility, and collaboration efficiency, all of which are extremely valuable in today’s hybrid work environment.

We will look at three specific benefits that all small and medium businesses can take advantage of to understand better how Azure can help you reach your goals.

1. Affordable enterprise-grade security is benefit

As large companies do, SMBs are also responsible for protecting their customers’ data. Still, they lack the resources to create an in-house team and staff it with cybersecurity professionals who are up-to-date on the latest threats.

Developed with security and compliance in mind, Azure provides an easy-to-use foundation on which you can create anything you want without constantly having to worry about issues unrelated to your core business.

Regardless of which industry they belong to, organizations in highly regulated sectors such as healthcare can feel confident that by moving to Microsoft’s cloud, they will meet compliance requirements, as Azure maintains the most extensive portfolio of compliance products in the industry.

Azure Security Center is Microsoft’s unified infrastructure security management system that provides a comprehensive overview of the security status of Azure resources.

Hybrid cloud workloads get protected against threats with Azure Defender. SMEs without these and other security components can experience devastating consequences in the event of a data breach.

2. Keeping your data safe and avoiding disasters is benefit

Data is the new gold in our digital age, and all companies need to protect it to the greatest extent possible. Data loss statistics demonstrate that this goal is not easy to achieve.

However, insufficient backup and disaster recovery planning are the most critical reasons why organizations lose data. Natural disasters, software corruption, hardware failure, and human error are common causes of data loss.

Most organizations still use legacy backup systems that cannot protect them effectively from threats such as ransomware.

Microsoft Azure’s backup service is simple, secure, and inexpensive. It will back up everything, no matter where it is located, from on-premises data to data stored in the cloud.

In addition to retaining both short and long-term data, the Azure Backup service also encrypts and protects both in transit and at rest to keep data safe from malicious attacks.

Thanks to soft deletion and multi-user authentication features, files stored in Azure Backup are also protected against cruel and negligent insiders.

Azure enables you to migrate your customers’ business to the cloud on their terms. You can help small and medium-sized enterprises modernize their businesses by providing them with the innovation, flexibility, affordability, and security they expect from Microsoft.

Since Microsoft SQL Server reached the end of support in November 2014 and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 reached the end of support in January 2020, Microsoft Azure is a natural fit.

Cloud computing is the future of business. SMBs can benefit from Microsoft Azure’s security, flexibility, and affordability. SMBs can move to the cloud using Microsoft Azure, and here we present the best of three advantages of moving to Azure.

3. Flexibility in implementation and scalability on demand is benefit

Moving a physical infrastructure to the cloud is a daunting task, and sometimes taking it slow is the best approach. Microsoft Azure doesn’t require a one-size-fits-all approach to cloud migration.

Azure is a cloud platform with a pay-per-use pricing model that enables businesses to proceed on their timeline without incurring the significant upfront costs associated with traditional IT initiatives.

Before migrating the rest of your business to Azure, you can first run a small pilot program to see how well Azure meets your needs. Alternatively, you may decide to keep some parts of your business on-premises so that you can take advantage of both worlds.

Scaling Azure resources-and your expenses-can be as simple as clicking a button when your needs change due to seasonal fluctuations in business or organic growth.

SMBs, are you aware that SQL Server and Windows Server EOS support is practically over?

The number of SMBs that are aware is 53 per cent, and of those that are aware, only 52 per cent are concerned. The majority of SMBs in Australia have no plan or have just begun planning! You should be pleased with that.

Is there anything you can do? SMB customers can benefit from learning about EOS and being reassured they have many options, such as upgrading to the latest versions or moving to the cloud.

Be sure to use Microsoft’s End of Support campaign resources to educate your customers about these products’ End of Support dates. Do you need additional training on End of Support? NSW IT Support provides training for the SMBs related to Azure.

Take Advantage of Microsoft Azure with NSW IT

NSW IT Support is aware of Microsoft Azure and its numerous benefits. However, it can be difficult for small businesses with limited resources to take advantage of them.

You can schedule a free consultation with us to learn more about Azure, whether you’re interested in migrating or just learning more.

Is anyone interested in a free migration assessment?

We offer a free migration assessment to encourage small businesses to migrate to the cloud. For the overall organization free migration assessment is the most attractive and relevant offer.

By providing a free migration assessment, SMBs can test the waters before committing to complete migration to Azure.

If you want your SMB customers to estimate the savings associated with migrating workloads to Azure, use Microsoft’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator.

Azure Migration Center outlines how to follow the outline and wrap your service around the assessment to create a compelling offer for SMBs.