The Covid pandemic did a lot of things to the business world beyond merely pushing small businesses to embrace the Internet. It also forced companies to embrace remote work, which is almost certainly despite the desires expressed by a number of C-suite residents.
The mass shift to online shopping and remote work also exposed the limitations of in-house IT infrastructures. More than one company discovered that its previously adequate servers and networks simply couldn’t handle the new load. Some businesses turned to services like Azure Cloud for a solution.
So, what business benefits can you expect from using the Azure Cloud infrastructure?
Ramping up your in-house IT infrastructure is a pricey task. It’s not just the hardware, which can cost a lot all by itself. It’s everything else that goes along with that new hardware.
Right at the top is the lost productivity. Your IT department must take time away from its usual duties to research and prepare hardware recommendations. Once you get that new hardware, preferably from an IT industry leader, your IT staff must install it.
That means both a physical installation and configuration of the software. All of this can mean network downtime, which interrupts other workflow processes. All of that cuts into productivity and profitability.
With cloud infrastructure, you don’t buy the hardware and escape much of the downtime that happens with configuration. With a service like Azure Cloud, you also typically pay as you go which keeps upfront costs manageable.
One of the biggest benefits for businesses is that a service like Azure Cloud comes with an extremely robust security package. Putting your data and applications behind Azure’s security almost always means better protection for your proprietary data, customer data, and application security.
Scaling up is one of the biggest challenges for in-house IT infrastructure. While you can build for predictable scaling, it’s difficult for businesses to build for rapid, unexpected scaling. With a service like Azure Cloud, the hardware is already in place.
Scaling up is nothing more than resource allocation.
Services like Azure Cloud infrastructure typically focus on data storage, security, and resources for your applications. An Azure account also allows you to access useful ancillary services.
Let’s say that you have a lot of files that you’d like put into a searchable form. A service like Azure OCR can simplify that process.
Cloud Infrastructure Business Benefits and You
A cloud infrastructure service like Azure cloud can offer you a lot of benefits. For many businesses, the cost savings of avoiding a massive IT infrastructure improvement project are at the top of the list.
Services like Azure Cloud typically offer substantially better security than anything you can achieve in-house. Major cloud services have the money and strong motivation to keep client data secure.
You can also access ancillary services that can prove helpful for short-term or long-term projects.
Looking for more tips on business and the cloud? Check out the posts in our Business and Technology sections.