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7 Benefits of Azure Cloud Migration from On-Premises Data Centers

24 Mar 2023

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In the following article, Davit Paytyan, one of our Senior DevOps Engineers, will walk you through the main benefits of Azure cloud migration and help you make the right cloud decision for your business. 

As the business world adapts to a post-pandemic landscape, remote access and hybrid working solutions have become more prevalent. For businesses that still rely on on-premises data centers, now is an opportune time to consider migrating their data to the cloud. By leveraging the Azure cloud service, your business can enjoy a wealth of benefits that simply aren't available with on-premises infrastructure. 

From cost savings to enhanced scalability and security, Azure provides a wide range of features that can help your business thrive in today's fast-paced digital environment. In this article, we'll discuss the key benefits of migrating to Azure.

1. Cost Savings

One of the benefits of migrating to Azure Cloud is the reduction of software and hardware costs. In addition to this, Azure Cloud also releases companies from having to hire additional specialists for hardware maintenance.

There are multiple cost-saving opportunities in Azure Cloud that help companies be more flexible and efficient with the services they choose.

With Azure Saving Plans and Azure Reservations services, companies can highly reduce their expenses. The Pay-as-you-go Azure pricing model provides you with monthly amounts of select services for free and allows you to pay only for what you use beyond the free services set.  

2. Scalability

Depending on their business needs, companies often face the challenge of expanding or compressing their infrastructure capacities. These demands can appear during seasonal spikes or in case of an unexpected growth of traffic which bring about the need for fast and effective changes. As a solution for unplanned scaling of infrastructure, Azure Cloud offers Azure Autoscale which provides a possibility to scale up/out according to various metric thresholds and rules.

3. Security

Clients can leverage Azure’s built-in security features, such as different types of firewalls, encryption, and data protection tools which are in compliance with international standards and can be used worldwide. Azure enables the management and protection of your cloud infrastructure with a convenient and user-friendly interface. Security teams can achieve a robust and multi-layered security protection system with the usage of Azure’s security features. The assortment of security options covers all types of business needs.

4. Accessibility

Azure Cloud provides a wide range of services for remote access of applications and data which allows clients to securely access and manage their infrastructure worldwide.

5. Reliability and Disaster Recovery

Businesses, hosted on-premise, are dependent on physical location, and are subject to data loss and malfunctions due to disasters. The solutions available for these types of setups are very costly and complex. On the other hand, handling data in the cloud makes it location-independent and cost-efficient.

Azure provides highly available (up to 99.9%) and redundant infrastructure based on multiple data centers and regions according to service SLAs (service level agreement). This ensures incessant availability to applications and services. In case of complete outage, migration to another location is performed with minimal disruption.

It is worth mentioning that Microsoft Azure is the first public cloud to offer a native disaster recovery (DR) solution for applications running on IaaS virtual machines (VMs).

6. Agility

Azure provides a range of tools and services that enable businesses to quickly develop, deploy, and manage applications. Azure's cloud-based platform enables clients to rapidly spin up resources, test new applications, and deploy changes quickly, allowing them to respond to market changes and customer demands with agility.

7. Innovation

It is vital for businesses to keep pace with today’s rapidly developing world. Migration to Azure Cloud will give businesses access to all new cutting-edge technologies and solutions, as well as will provide flexibility for the integration of upcoming innovations without having to invest in expensive hardware.

Parting Thoughts 

As you can see, Azure cloud migration comes with a plethora of benefits that can help companies not only save up their finances, but also improve and streamline their business processes. This will also boost the quality of services they offer to their partners/clients. Moreover, the overall employee workload will become better manageable and more efficient, since there will be no need to constantly worry about hardware maintenance and support issues.

If you have been considering enhancing your opportunities for innovation by implementing the best features of Azure cloud, feel free to contact our experts and have all your cloud migration needs covered according to your business’ specific demands and short- and long-term goals. 

Davit Paytyan

Senior DevOps Engineer

Davit is a Senior DevOps Engineer at VOLO with over 9 years of experience in DevOps and Network Administration. He has been with the company for 4 years now and helps ensure the security, continuous integration, and operational excellence of VOLO’s software development processes.

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