Azure provides a number of benefits for businesses. For example:
Perfect for small businesses and established enterprises — Azure is designed for every business regardless of size, from the local bakery to multi-national corporations. It’s easily scalable to meet your IT demands and operates on a pay-as-you-go pricing model to meet any budget. Since businesses can launch and store internal and external applications in the cloud, it also saves on in-house IT costs, including hardware and maintenance.
Complements and expands your current IT infrastructure — Azure allows your IT personnel to focus on your business without having to worry about in-house capabilities or maintaining equipment that is over-taxed or underused. The platform makes it fast and easy to deploy your current apps with little to no downtime. An integrated development environment reduces the learning curve, allowing teams to master the platform quickly. Additionally, the platform has a footprint in more countries than Google or Amazon, providing faster content delivery while optimizing the user experience. Azure is scalable to grow with your company, and you pay for only what you need.
Leading the way with IaaS and PaaS — At the forefront of IaaS and PaaS, Azure offers rapid deployments. The hybrid cloud environment allows companies to select whether they operate autonomously or utilize a public cloud. You are also able to decide the level at which you are connected to the internet, if at all. Meet all your IT and service needs without having to maintain the underlying infrastructure.
Security, compliance, and disaster recovery — Microsoft understands the importance of security and has designed Azure to stay ahead of the competition when it comes to protecting your data. Azure has many compliance certifications and is a top choice of high-risk industries such as health care and government to provide cloud services. Both the platform and end-users are protected. Additional services such as multi-factor authentication and sophisticated disaster recovery abilities that can restore data in a matter of hours further address business needs.
Industry-specific applications — Due to the high-risk and sensitive nature of certain industries, Azure has designed specific applications to address unique needs. Government, health care, manufacturing, and financial services benefit greatly from Azure’s many features, including offline cloud services, individualized security needs, simplified compliance, and modernized customer apps.