You could probably count the number of businesses without Microsoft experience on both hands. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, recently said “Microsoft is so ingrained in how the world economy works,” and his statement is hard to dispute. The Office professional suite has been a staple of business operations, and Microsoft cloud computing continues that legacy with greater performance, reliability, and collaboration at a manageable cost. Here are just a few cloud computing services that can help your business better contain costs as you push the boundaries of your potential.
Cloud Servers and Storage
The debate between onsite vs cloud server and storage solutions has tipped considerably in favor of cloud. Even security and compliance are easier to achieve through cloud service providers. For example, Microsoft Azure continually updates security features and maintains awareness of trending attacks and cybercriminals’ strategies to improve their responses. Lessened vulnerability to cybersecurity threats means that fewer expensive breaches will occur. That’s just the beginning of your cost savings.
Many of the expenses associated with on-premises cloud servers and storage disappeared for businesses that use Azure cloud services. The following costs are trimmed down when businesses transition some or all of their network to the cloud:
- Hardware costs
- Power consumption
- Server space rental (on-site or off-site)
- Installation, maintenance, and repair costs
- Management software (Azure includes a free customer portal)
Pay-as-You-Go Data Recovery
Business continuity strategies reduce the threat of disruption, lowering the potential cost of outages or even ransomware attacks. The caveat used to be that on-site backups were not an economical choice. Physical backups require the same investment as physical servers to ensure that such a costly system doesn’t end up providing only a false sense of security. So transitioning business continuity solutions over to the cloud already promises to curb expenses – and they deliver beyond what most businesses expect.
From the start, Microsoft Azure cloud services cut the cost of business continuity while providing 99.9% uptime to customers. Azure site recovery only asks Atlantic Canadian businesses to pay a monthly fee of $30.40 per digital server they use to store their backups. If any disruption occurs, the backups can be immediately spun up in Microsoft Azure or as soon as on-site appliance replacements are ready. The price for running your backups off the Azure cloud servers depends on your storage requirements, but that cost can disappear if and when you return operations to on-site servers.
Office365 is the next evolution in Microsoft’s long running suite of productivity tools, combining the familiar Office suite with expanded capabilities and new features. Including Office as part of Microsoft cloud services amplifies the ability to store and sync files enterprise-wide, making it simple to access any document from the cloud using authorized devices. Collaboration expands as well. With the ability to edit documents in real-time and to effortlessly communicate through Yammer and Skype for Business, fewer labor hours are wasted on inefficiency.
Moreover, Atlantic Canadian businesses save money due to Microsoft Office365’s pricing. In the past, a larger upfront cost was required for each license of Microsoft Office and Skype for business, plus any access management tool you might use to prevent anyone but authorized users from viewing documents. All of those capabilities are contained within the cost of Office365 as one monthly fee per licensed user. Best of all, employees can be added or removed without any fuss and software updates can be made without buying new licenses or dedicating labor hours to installing them.
Saving the Most with Microsoft Cloud Computing
Getting the greatest savings out of Microsoft cloud computing solutions takes more than just adopting them all hook, line, and sinker. Depending on your current suite of enterprise tools, you might benefit from a unique combination of Microsoft tools. Finding that sweet spot requires a deep understanding of their capability, your current abilities, and the potential cost savings from implementing the right blend of solutions.
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