Cloud Drivers for 2016

Microsoft’s  Azure Cloud is one of the most heavily discussed topics in the  IT world today. The cloud computing market is now worth $241 billion, twice the amount China spent on arms in 2011 (reported by CNN). Cloud computing continues to be a core focus, as new technology such as analytics, compression and mobility are accelerating. Remote computing services allow mass collaboration around huge data sets, bringing affordable scale to computer problem solving. Cloud computing closes the digital divide by making collaboration across distance and disciplines both possible and affordable.  As this trend continues to gain momentum, we’d like to explore the top motivators for companies to explore cloud platforms.

5 Reasons why we should move to cloud

Building and operating a data center is an expensive project, no matter who you are. The initial costs for hardware, network, and software require significant upfront investment; something modern managers are finding more difficult to budget for. Not only is it an issue to begin with, but you continuously have to add more components as you grow – requiring new technologies and experts to manage them.  This of course take tremendous amounts of time and resources.  As IT Departments await budget approval, competitors that leverage cloud platforms are getting major head starts.

This article will address cost, scaling, velocity, resiliency and tools

Cost

Azure facilitates organizations to subscribe to data center resources as a pay as you go model. Cloud computing a computing utility, you pay for what you use and not what you think you might use. Business managers like how easy it is to budget for cloud consumption versus investing capital upfront to build out their own data centers (CAPEX vs OPEX).Microsoft has provided a simple tool to help calculate the costs associated with their infrastructure: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/tco/.  Simply enter your requirements into the calculator and the results will be effortlessly provided.

Scaling

Autoscaling is also a great tool.  Azure allows administrators to set thresholds on their instances so that the cloud can dynamically spin up new infrastructure, automatically on demand.  As automation drives the industry, tools such as this will become standard operations. Most organizations have a challenging time time scaling out an application in the own data center. Not only are they hindered by physical infrastructure, but also by electricity/cooling,real estate and manpower, they also have to think about replicating this into new geographic areas.  With a cloud platform, all of the above mentioned challenges can be facilitated with the simple click of a button.

Project Velocity

In the today’s digital age, getting your application into production fast can mean everything. Companies with budget restraints within their IT operation are constantly fighting for computing resources. If the development team is ready to test and there’s no available infrastructure, your project is going to have to wait.

Resiliency

Public Cloud Infrastructure has developed into an exceptional platform to develop on and run your applications. Azure has great functionality built into it to help protect your data and create fault tolerance across diverse geographic locations.Today, Azure is available in 140 countries, including China, and supports 10 languages and 24 currencies, all backed by Microsoft’s $15 billion (USD) investment in global datacenter infrastructure. Microsoft owns and operated over 20 global data centers that power their Cloud services. There is no comparison in the world that can hold a candle to the scale and investment that is Azure

Public Cloud infrastructure is an excellent resource for agile teams. Not only can instances be turned on and off on demand, but all the data can remain in the cloud for the next user to use.  Project managers can no coordinate the allocation of data and infrastructure – all in a single database.

Tools

The Azure Cloud Platform has tremendous tools from Hosted Active Directory to spinning up Hadoop or Spark instances.  The entire system is intuitive and well thought, enabling your IT operation to have everything they need at the tips of their fingers.

There’s really too many to list here, so it would be best to post a link that takes care of that for us.  Please take a look at this link for a complete Azure Tool Cheatsheet: http://scottge.net/2015/08/03/a-complete-list-of-microsoft-azure-tools/

The Cloud can be a challenge for the typical small and medium sized business. What was once used primarily by developers will soon be used by all.  FlexIT is an IT consulting firm that helps businesses overcome these challenges.  Cloud computing should start off as a discussion, one that will help guide organizations to embrace the proper strategy.  To learn more about our company, please visit: http://theflexit.com/

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