In search of performance and agility, many companies have decided to place their applications in the Azure Cloud. Find out why they chose Azure.
Cloud platforms offer modern solutions for designing, hosting and optimising business applications. They give companies the opportunity to gain a real competitive advantage.
Various cloud platforms and technologies are available on the market. We have chosen to favour the use of services provided by hyperscale players. Among these players, we work in particular with Microsoft Azure, one of the market leaders.
Azure is able to provide real cloud services that allow their users to take advantage of the opportunities offered by this type of technology. It stands out from its competitors because of its level of maturity, the quality of its services, the breadth of its catalogue of services, its frequency of innovation and the level of coverage of its datacentres on a global scale.
Focus on 8 benefits of migrating to the Azure Cloud.
1. Security and compliance
The security level of the Azure platform meets the highest requirements and standards in the market, including ISO 27001 and GDPR. Its extensive catalogue of security services allows you to choose the optimal level of protection for your application.
2. Data protection and continuity
Azure has services that allow you to ensure backup and recovery of your data; the multiplicity of their datacenters, their global coverage and inter-site data replication solutions ensure business continuity after a disaster by minimising recovery time and the amount of lost data. This goes against the conventional wisdom that an Information System is less risky if it is hosted on your premises or with a local hosting company.
No more long implementation times. Resources are immediately available and provisioned via a self-service portal. For example, if you need an additional server, a BI solution or a tool to manage data flows. This allows the IT department to respond immediately to changing business needs. On the other hand, it can also easily backtrack, stopping a service, if the needs decrease.
4. Time to market
The Azure platform can be operated using an "Infrastructure as a Code" approach. This allows you to automate your application deployments using a DevOps approach, reducing the time to market for new application releases and the business products they support.
Microsoft is continually introducing new services or adding functionality to existing services. You can offer innovative solutions to your business teams by using the artificial intelligence, machine learning or IoT solutions of the Azure platform.
6. Performance optimisation
Azure offers a wide range of scaling options for each service. This allows you to deliver the level of performance each application needs. Automated scaling mechanisms adapt the cloud resources provided to applications to ensure their performance level regardless of changing requirements.
7. Focusing IT on strategic projects
By choosing SaaS or PaaS solutions, you get rid of IT infrastructure management. You gain time to focus on your core business, strategic projects and developing services for your customers. It is in these tasks that your IT team has the most added value.
8. Lower costs
You reduce costs by combining all of the above benefits and by aligning your IT spend with changing business needs. You exploit different pricing models including pay-per-use, where you only pay for what you use. It is very easy to adjust costs according to usage and your objectives.
To take full advantage of these benefits, you need to be able to select the applications to be ported to these cloud platforms, choose the most appropriate cloud services and architectures, master the migration techniques and adapt operational practices.
Our team has the expertise to support you throughout this transformation journey.