Is your company debating about making the switch from an on-site server to cloud storage? Microsoft Office 365 and Azure could be the right solution for your business. In part two of our Azure series we discuss the benefits of making the switch and how Azure and Office 365 work together.

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When your company decides to switch to Office 365, you are given an Azure active directory. The active directory is what controls the users on the backend of your website, smaller companies use their servers to move files and to be their active directory controller for security.

Things to Consider Before Making the Switch

  • Do you have any business apps that require SQL?
  • Do your vendors support this?
  • Where your files are located now
  • Removes expensive in- site email

Companies are moving their business apps to the cloud along with all of their data and information.

What has changed to Not Require Servers?

Microsoft and Azure have been releasing new features monthly for the past year or so. OneDrive and SharePoint have been revamped, and Microsoft has created a feature called Files On-Demand on OneDrive. This will allow you to:

  • Store all files in the cloud
  • Have files available when needed
  • Have more open space on your hard drive
  • Auto synchronization
  • Inexpensive cloud storage upgrade

This type of storage is as low as $20-$30 per terabyte.

Benefits of Making the Switch

You will no longer have to spend money on your servers when the life of those run out. Reduction of onsite backup and storage costs. When backing information up, if it is much cheaper to back up in the cloud than it is the traditional way. The traditional way of backup will normally require an additional server. The biggest benefit is the ability to access information remotely. All you will need is an internet connection and you are up and running. Because it is secure, you will not need to use a VPN, and this will save the company money because they will not have to keep repurchasing the licenses for VPNs.

Conclusion

Office 365 and Azure together, will make the process of switching to cloud storage very simple. These two programs work very well together so your business can run smoothly. There are many benefits to making the switch to the cloud but the greatest benefits is having access to your information from anywhere with an internet connection. If the information above sounds like a good fit for your business or you have additional questions, please contact us and we can help you. We look forward to hearing from you.

For more information on “What Azure is?” check out part 1 of the Azure series.