3 reasons to integrate the cloud with your existing IT environment

Cloud Computing - 30177138Cloud computing. It’s a strange concept to try and explain, but here at StoneHouse Logic we find that Microsoft’s definition is helpful.

“Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and more—over the Internet (“the cloud”).”And we know that use of the cloud has heralded a new era in computing.

Are hard drives history?

In the past, businesses would store their data and run many of their apps from servers on their local network. Then a change to a more centralised management and control model took place, with businesses running all their applications and storing all their data on each individual system’s local hard drive.

Today, the culture of IT has changed again, because with the arrival of the cloud, your data storage and apps can now reside on their own remote servers and they’re accessible via the internet from anywhere in the world. At least, anywhere where there’s a WiFi connection. Who could have imagined 10 years ago that we’d be able to do all that we can do from our phones or tablets?

Who could have imagined the potential?

Is cloud computing the future?

At StoneHouse Logic we’re committed to helping you take full advantage of the most up-to-date software that’s available for your business. And this includes access to versatile, secure, efficient and cost-effective cloud computing.

As a Microsoft Gold Accredited Partner and Office 365 Cloud Accelerate Partner, we’re well-versed in the opportunities presented by using Microsoft Office 365, with its cloud-based application, Microsoft Azure as a platform for developing, managing, and hosting applications off-site.

So, why might you want to move to the cloud?

Well, because cloud computing offers you and your business many benefits:

1. A simple way to extend your existing IT infrastructure
“From small dev-test projects to global product launches, Azure is engineered to handle any workload.”

Using Microsoft Azure means you can easily integrate cloud computing with your existing IT infrastructure, so you don’t have to choose between your current data centre and the cloud. And through the largest network of secure private connections, hybrid database and storage solutions, and data residency and encryption features, your assets stay exactly where you need them.

2. An easy way to rest assured your data is safe
Microsoft has made an industry-leading commitment to the protection and privacy of your data and was the first major cloud provider to adopt the new international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018. And with Disaster Recovery and managed cloud back ups as a built in service, you can be assured that your business-critical applications are safe with Azure.

3. A clever way to making smarter decisions
Make smarter decisions, improve your customer service and uncover new business possibilities with Azure’s predictive analytics services. With Machine Learning, Cortana Analytics and Stream Analytics, you can redefine your business intelligence and get closer to your customers.

4. A cost effective solution to more flexibility
Taking on larger projects? Streamlining your operations? With Azure you can scale your infrastructure services such as compute, storage and bandwidth with ease, as and when you need to. So you’re never paying for more services than you use. Which makes your business more flexible, more responsive and more agile than ever before.

Interested?

Take a quick look at this infographic for even more cloud-based benefits 10 ways the cloud can improve your business.

To find out more about how Microsoft Azure can integrate with your existing IT infrastructure and to learn how to unlock its full range of benefits,
give us a call on 0845 299 0147.
By Mark Edwards