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How can Microsoft office 365 and Azure can work together to benefit your organization? In this Episode of TN 3Qs Sales Director Chris Montgomery and Cloud Services Manager, Aaron Oliver continues the Azure series with part 2. They will explain if you still need a server or can it be replaced with Office 365 and Azure and other benefits of moving to the cloud-based services. Learn more in this week's episode!

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OFFICE 365 AND AZURE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO BENEFIT YOUR ORGANIZATION

With the recent spike in attention on Azure products, ThrottleNet’s second episode in our TNTV 3Qs video series will be highlighting how specifically Azure and Office 365 can work together to benefit your organization. Watch the second episode to learn more on this topic.

NUMBER 1 IS A SERVER STILL REQUIRED?

Servers are definitely more common in smaller organizations with less clients. But how does a company know if they still require a server based on their overall needs and size of operations? Companies need to start considering all the facts and know exactly what they need to start thinking about to make the correct decision.

 

NUMBER 2 OFFICE 365 PROVIDES AZURE ACTIVE DIRECTORY

When you get an Office 365 its comes with Azure Active Directory. An Active Directory, or “AD” is a service developed by Microsoft for directory needs for Windows domain networks. Your on-site AD controller can be replaced by one that has multiple features. Cloud Services Manager at ThrottleNet Inc., Aaron Oliver, states “today most people are moving to Office 365” and that “a lot of smaller clients have servers just to serve up files and be their AD controller for security and permissions to those files”. With this in consideration, some clients might want to think about getting an Azure/Office 365 environment instead of their single server. However, before making this ultimate decision there are some details to figure out that will determine the outcome.

  • Is SQL required for business apps (are my vendors capable of this?)
  • SQL helps with managing data that is held in a relational database management system or for stream processing in a stream management system.
  • Location of your files
  • Capital expense savings
  • Removes expensive on-site email

Today, we have found that many clients are getting more on-board with the Cloud for their business app needs. For example, companies have used Cloud QuickBooks to track and manage their business, Cloud ERPs (Enterprise Resource Planning) to support and engage their workforce, or Cloud CRNs (Cloud Resource Names) to specify a resource. Your company could be in a good position by not having to spend extra on hardware for that particular server and advance to Office 365 for email. This will replace your file server and you can join workstations through Windows 10, PC’s to the Azure Active Directory, and use a RMN tool through ThrottleNet. This RMN tool will organize and oversee any policies that would have been done on a single active directory server. Therefore, it is not always necessary to have a server in place.

 

NO LONGER A NEED FOR A SERVER

What Makes Azure Possible?
Technology has been rapidly advancing, especially with the special capabilities that Azure and Office 365 can offer. All of these offerings have been coming out every month for over a year now and have interesting and useful features each time. Some new features include OneDrive and Integrated SharePoint. OneDrive helps companies to host files and synchronize their services and was recently updated to have a new files on demand feature. This new files on demand feature is extremely affordable per terabyte and can:

  • Store all files in the Cloud
  • Have files ready for use when needed
  • Synchronize automatically

All these features provided through OneDrive will increase productivity for your company so you can focus on other important aspects of daily operations. Not only will you get to use your saved expenses for another priority, the overall organization and effectiveness of your company will be greatly increased.

 

OVERALL BENEFITS OF AZURE AND OFFICE 365

The pairing of Azure and Microsoft Office 365 will overall benefit your company in many ways. If you are still skeptical about what these actual benefits are if you decide to push everything down this route, consider these facts:

  • There will be no extra costs of repurchasing servers and/or licenses
  • The cost of on-site backup and storage will be reduced
  • Files and apps have accessibility anywhere with no use of a VPN.

It is much, much cheaper for your company to backup Cloud storage rather than a traditional server. If you want to save your company time, money, and increase availability, it is time to switch to Azure and Office 365 products.

This is a multi-part video series, you won’t want to miss our next and final episode! If you have any questions or want to know more information on how ThrottleNet or the Azure product can benefit your organization, give us a call today!

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