Microsoft recently made a big announcement regarding their Windows Azure cloud platform. We wanted to update you on what this really means for you and why it’s so exciting!
What is Windows Azure?
Windows Azure is a platform on which software and websites can be built and hosted in the cloud (in a secure data centre, on the internet), instead of on your premises. There are a number of general benefits to Azure such as:
• Infinitely scalability of your applications,
• Removes the requirement for capital expenditure on IT, and the associated management costs,
• Superior performance over on-premise solutions,
• More reliable than alternatives – a 99.95% Service Level Agreement (SLA) is industry leading,
• Lower risk due to your data being replicated in multiple Azure data centres,
• Flexible – scale your services up down in minutes,
• Secure – no need to worry about security – it’s all managed for you,
• Pay-as-you-go – only pay for what you need when you need it – Azure is the most competitive cloud offering available
On top of these benefits, there has recently been an exciting announcement that really makes Azure applicable to everyone: Virtual Machines.
What Are Virtual Machines and Why is This Exciting?
Virtual Machines are cloud-based servers (rather than traditional servers which you need to purchase physically) that can be created and deployed quickly and easily. With virtual machines you can build out a server farm to host your business applications very quickly without any up-front hardware investment. You can pay by the day, and only pay for the server resources you actually need and use. In short you can replicate your hardware infrastructure and be sure it will never become redundant, plus you can easily scale up or down as required.
Microsoft now has the most reliable and best priced VM’s on the market. You can create your own machine in seconds.
This is a very exciting development because Microsoft will provide Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that provide certainty over the reliability and uptime of the VMs. Now you can take advantage of this to offload your infrastructure and significantly reduce your server costs. Virtual machines are cross platform compatible, meaning you can deploy Linux, Windows or other platforms as you need to.
What Does This Mean for Me?
The main benefit of this is that you can now easily move your systems over to a virtual server farm. This reduces your costs significantly while improving the security and reliability of your systems. You also don’t need to worry about supporting and managing operating system upgrades, as this is all taken care of for you. You just take your existing applications and copy them to the cloud – you no longer need to redevelop your existing application to take advantage of the many benefits of cloud technology.
With virtual machines you have the ability to make fast decisions, scale quickly and bring real agility into your IT environment, while retaining full control and visibility over your infrastructure, your data and your costs.
How Can I Take Advantage of This?
Eirtight offers a straightforward Lift & Shift service that helps you to move your systems to Azure in 5 simple steps:
Step 1: Mapping: A full map of your IT infrastructure is documented to provide a comprehensive snapshot of your current systems
Step 2: Assignment: IT infrastructure divided into Standard IT and Applications (examples table to be shown)
Step 3: Analysis: Both Standard T and Applications are analysied for suitability for migration to Azure under the following heads (table)
Step 4: Recommendations: prioritised list of proposed actions and anticipated cost savings is provided in a report
Step 5: Implementation: a roadmap and migration plan is drawn up for priority areas and implementation begins.
How Should I Proceed?
Get in touch with us so we can discuss your specific IT setup and how we can help you begin a suitability assessment in your business.