Cloud-based applications have changed the landscape of data infrastructure services and cloud migration is occurring at record speeds. Because of rapid digitization, cloud services are here to stay and are one of the fastest-growing markets in the tech industry. Cloud services are expected to increase from $73 billion in 2019 to $166.6 billion by 2024, with a compound annual growth rate of 18% within the forecast period. That’s a lot of cloud migration!
Microsoft Azure: The Industry Leader
Microsoft is the industry leader in the U.S. with its cloud platform, Microsoft Azure. Azure is a series of products and services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS), that help you build, manage, and run your applications across multiple clouds, as well as at the edge and on-premises. It delivers comprehensive, multilayered security and unparalleled developer productivity. Is your business ready to migrate to Azure? Here are a few key Azure migration considerations you need to take into account before you take the plunge.
The cost to maintain Windows Server hardware can be steep; this is one of the most common pain points for businesses worldwide. Cloud services offer a pay-as-you-go solution to high IT costs and are one way to only pay for the infrastructure used. This is because cloud services eliminate the need to refresh or maintain server components. The result? Decreased overhead for local server maintenance without the need to employ additional IT staff, resulting in significant cost savings. Microsoft also offers a suite of tools through Cost Management and Billing that help you manage, analyze, and optimize your workload cost. This dashboard provides insights into underused resources and will advise on shutting down unused resources.
Autoscale, Azure’s built-in feature of cloud services, applies a self-defined metric that allows you to adjust your apps and services depending on your business’s needs. Autoscale reflects traffic spikes and traffic lulls so you can scale up or scale down accordingly for decreased operating costs. In addition, Autoscale allows you to set alerts based on any metric, monitor key performance, and send notifications when something changes. This is an important consideration when migrating to the cloud.
Security is the number one concern for most businesses, making it a key consideration for Azure migration. Microsoft has invested heavily in its security measures and has implemented superior threat protection and security management through the Azure Security Center. The built-in security features are organized into six areas: storage, applications, operations, identity, compute, and networking. Use AI automation to identify security threats and protect your cloud workload with Azure Defender. Azure Secure can be used to assess the state of your security.
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