In video three of our TNtv 3Qs series on Microsoft Azure services, ThrottleNet’s Sales Director, Chris Montgomery, and Cloud Services Manager, Aaron Oliver, discussed the process of migrating from your current storage software system to Azure. Migrating to Azure services is actually quite simple, whether you make a complete transition or take a more gradual approach.

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How Does Transitioning to Azure Work?

Azure transitions are very flexible. You can choose to gradually move to Azure’s cloud, migrating individual services or servers at a time, or make a complete transition all at once. Important services and servers can be moved to Azure’s cloud storage while others can be kept on-site.

Azure also allows you the option to create a virtual network with a VPN connection. VPN stands for virtual private network. Virtual private networks provide you with a secure connection to other networks over the internet. With the ability of creating a virtual network, businesses can permit either a service provider network or a data center to make changes to your networking structure in order to make it the most efficient without needing changes in physical hardware connections.

How Should I Begin the Transition to Azure?

Users who make the transition to Azure will still connect to the same applications and services they were previously. Many users that make the switch begin by decommissioning file servers and moving to Azure’s Active Directory. Businesses decommission file servers when either removing a server permanently or combining existing servers.

Azure’s Active Directory, also known as Azure AD, is a data storage service that can be accessed by the cloud on your mobile device. Azure Active Directory allows employees sign in to access both external resources, such as the Azure portal, and internal resources, such as apps within your corporate network. Azure AD users tend to include IT admins, app developers, and subscribers of Microsoft 365, Azure, and Dynamics CRM Online. As subscribers, users automatically have the option to begin to manage access to the integrated apps within the cloud storage.

What are the Benefits of using Azure?

Azure users have access to choose which individual applications to move to the cloud, where some might not require servers at all. Benefits of making the switch to Azure includes reduction in capital expenditures, and server maintenance costs, removal of warranty renewals, and reduction in data center hosting costs. Additionally, businesses can be better protected while using Azure. Azure increases server security, allows you to meet compliance requirements, improves scalability, and generally, has you pay for what you need and not for what you might not be using.

Make the Move to Azure with ThrottleNet

If you’re in need of some help with your company’s storage software, contact ThrottleNet today! ThrottleNet specializes in IT management and security systems, providing businesses and organizations with a full-time IT department. To get the information you’re looking for, reach out today to get the help you need from our experts.