In the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, many businesses have focused on revamping their business continuity plan and kicking off their cloud transformation journey as the topmost priority.
The need of the hour is to carry out seamless business operations and resolve issues, such as ageing hardware at on-premises data centres, remote manageability, and setting up the Data Recovery (DR) to continue running critical ERP/CMS applications in the event of a data centre failure, unavailability of hardware/floorspace and vital resources on the floor.
Azure is the second-largest public cloud globally and is the best place to host IaaS workloads for enterprises with Omni cloud experience.
Below are the key differentiators of Microsoft Azure that benefit organisations technically as well as commercially.
High Availability and Low Latency
- Global Reach
With availability in 60+ regions worldwide, organisations can choose to host their critical production workload to attain low latency, which Azure aims to provide, thus leveraging the availability set and availability zone and maximising the uptime.
- Highest Single VM SLA
Microsoft is the only public cloud provider among the top 3 public cloud service providers that commit the highest single VM SLA, i.e., 99.9 % with premium SSD disk compared to other hyperscalers.
Save More on Operational Cost
- 3 Years Reserved Instances (RI)
With the commitment of 3-year RI, organisations pay less with Azure than other hyperscalers, especially when you compare similar processors (Intel or AMD) and SAP HANA certified VM’s.
- No Need for a Dedicated Host
Unlike other cloud service providers consuming existing Microsoft OS and DB licenses, you need not block dedicated hardware to consume your existing on-premises licenses and benefit from cloud licence mobility or software assurance. Moreover, using a dedicated host is an additional technical and commercial overhead.
With Microsoft Azure, you benefit from hybrid licensing as you may utilise the existing licensing a few clicks away, considering you have valid software assurance in place.
- Highest Number of SAP Certified VM’s
Microsoft Azure has the highest number of SAP-certified IaaS VM for running SAP applications and OLAP / OLTP platforms. Therefore, you may boost your application performance by closely matching compute sizes to run your various SAP applications seamlessly in the public cloud and optimise the cost by rightsizing.
Stay Up to Date with Emerging Technologies
- Built-in support for MSSQL Always on Cluster
Most organisations are familiar with Always on MSSQL on Windows cluster to run their critical MS SQL enterprise databases in HA/DR. Microsoft Azure has built-in native support to run MS SQL Always on cluster using ‘cloud witness’ unlike other cloud service providers, where you need to configure the File Share Witness (FSW) witness on an additional VM, which may be a point of failure and not an actual HA/DR cluster.
Cloud-Native Backup (Safeguards, Reports Failure and Optimises Cost)
You may safeguard your critical workloads and data With Azure Backup Service. Using the Center dashboard, you can see the virtual machines and databases being backed up and report the failures using native alerts. At the same time, you have the opportunity to optimise your backup cost by applying the storage lifecycle policies and moving the old backup to the archive tier from the backup centre itself.
- Global Veteran Technical Support
With multiple decades of experience in supporting operating systems, databases and applications through an established support framework, Microsoft is a Veteran player in providing technical support to its customers, including the cloud offerings. Microsoft Azure has the advantage of a robust backbone to help its customers with various technical issues.
Benefits of Moving to Azure
Enterprises moving to the Azure cloud will not only enhance the profitability of the business, but they will also leverage the use of their existing resources and technologies. Azure gives more ROI on your cloud spending using the key factors highlighted above.
While planning on migrating your workloads to a cloud, consider the advantages with Microsoft Azure, as mentioned in this blog, that will apply to your business and how this may influence your ways of working and meet your business needs.
MIND: Your Partner in Cloud Transformation
Cloud migration involves more than just moving your data from on-premises to the cloud. Also, it requires the proper assessment, due diligence and need evaluation.
Suppose your organisation wants cloud adoption and the modernisation of mission-critical applications, and you plan to include cloud migration as a step. In that case, MIND is one-stop Service Provider with a strong capability & partner ecosystem to enable cloud transformation followed by accelerated and successful cloud migration.
Benefits of a Successful Cloud Migration
- Builds business resilience: Reduces tech debts, spots and eliminates failure points
- Helps adopt scalability & achieve performance needs: Creates a modern tech stack
- Helps simplify the cloud consumption and operations
- Cost optimisation & ROI visibility: Consolidates vendors, leverages optimisation opportunities
- Establishes an agile platform for go to market synergies: Faster onboarding to enable quick leverage of go-to-market synergies.