It’s crazy to think that only a couple of decades ago business was completely conducted via analog technology. Crazier still, is how far we’ve come in the digital age. Cloud computing alone has dominated the tech conversation for years. Information and applications are table stakes to modern business, and cloud computing provides for cost-effective flexibility and agility. With added concerns around security, compliance, and privacy, however, is it still relevant today?

There are many reasons to replace existing physical infrastructure with a cloud service like Microsoft Azure Cloud. By removing operational barriers like server maintenance, system-downtime, and other nuisances, Azure allows for immediate boosts in productivity. Leveraging Azure allows you to focus on the core competencies of your business. Instituting an Azure solution makes end-user experience easier and more consistent while taking pressure off your IT staff.  You can stop wasting time, energy, and money on things that don’t benefit your customers. Adopting a cloud service allows you to have a laser focus on whatever you do best.

Azure is also flexible. It has three levels to its services: Infrastructure, Data, and Applications. This means that this is not an all-or-nothing proposition. You can make substantive decisions about the degree to which you utilize Azure’s offerings based on what makes sense for your business. This is one of the major advantages to moving toward a cloud-based server model. You can scale to your internal activities, instantly and only play for what you use.

The cloud adds considerable value to your organization, but how secure is it?

Since this is a Microsoft product, you can be sure that it leverages top-of-the-line security and support in both physical and virtual forms. Security and privacy are built right into the Azure platform, beginning with the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). SDL addresses security at every development phase and ensures that Azure is continually updated to make it even more secure. Operational Security Assurance (OSA) builds on SDL knowledge and processes to supply a framework that helps provide secure operations throughout the lifecycle of cloud-based services. Azure Security Center makes Azure the only public cloud platform to offer continuous security-health monitoring. 90% of Fortune 500 companies already use the Microsoft cloud, what are you waiting for?

The cloud isn’t going anywhere, and neither are security concerns. If you aren’t already using a cloud solution, Microsoft Azure is a great place to start. If you are already utilizing an Azure cloud solution, maybe this is the time to expand your cloud operations. Regardless, reach out to the Cloud & Security experts at Peters & Associates at peters.com or by emailing info@peters.com. We are happy to help!