azurecloudIf you are considering moving your business to the cloud, congratulations. You have overcome the no. 1 hurdle to cloud adoption – resistance to change. And if you want to migrate to the cloud to drive value through your entire organization and not just to cut costs, well, you’ve also won our admiration.

However, two more important hurdles still remain – choosing the right cloud computing platform and the right technology partner. Well, there’s both good and bad news. The good news is – ‘there are too many options’ and the bad news is – ‘there are too many options.’ Essentially, there are so many choices available that it becomes very hard to zero in on the right one for your business. And to add to the confusion, a lot of information on the Internet is too technical to make sense of. Don’t worry, we are here and happy to help. But before we go onto do that, let’s try and see what the cloud really is.

 

 

What the Cloud Really Is?

Let’s begin with a simple example to understand what migrating to the cloud actually means for your business. If you are a manager with little or no technical background, this should be particularly useful to you.

Picture this – you share a very small and cramped office space on the ground floor with a few other colleagues. Initially, you’re okay with it but as time passes by, you find yourself surrounded by reams of papers, tons of files and documents and eventually you run out of space and storage. And what’s worse is that you are not going to be able to afford to move into a big and swanky office anytime soon. You’re left struggling for space!

Then, one day your neighbour offers to rent you an empty file cabinet on the third floor of the same building. Although there are going to be other tenants on that floor, you will have exclusive and secure access to your file cabinet. And the brilliant thing is that you will only have to pay rent for that one file cabinet and not the entire third floor. This is exactly what the cloud does for your business – you rent storage space in the cloud and pay as you go, just like you pay your monthly electricity and water bills. No additional overheads, no expensive hardware, no ongoing maintenance.

 

Choosing the Right Cloud Platform

Now let’s try and address the second hurdle – choosing the right platform. Whenever a client comes to us looking for a cloud offering, his first question is – Which is the best cloud computing platform? Frankly, there is no simple answer to this question.

Think of it like this – there are multiple car manufacturers in the world – Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Ford, etc. And each of these brands have a segment of sedans, SUVs and hatchbacks. Now, for us to help you pick the right car, we’d have to understand your needs – size of your family, your budget, your primary purpose of purchase, the maintenance cost you are willing to incur, etc.

Similarly, while most of the popular cloud solutions offer similar set of features like self-service and instant provisioning, auto scaling, plus security, compliance and identify management, picking the right cloud computing platform will depend on the unique needs of your business.

 

Important Factors to consider while selection

However, there are a few basic considerations to keep in mind while choosing a cloud solution:

  • Location – It just makes sense that while choosing to deploy your services over the cloud, you are likely to go with a provider that has the largest number of data centers. For example – If you are doing real estate hosting for your company in India, you will want to deploy your services from India itself instead of hosting it from Taiwan. Because the further you go, the more your user experience will be compromised. Right now, Microsoft Azure has the most extensive coverage with 38 announced azure regions. And if your business is in Asia, Azure is most certainly the best choice for you because it has fairly solid support for Asia.
  • Scalability – Being able to scale up and down as and when you need is another important thing to consider while selecting a cloud solution. By moving to the cloud, a company that is small and growing rapidly has the option to start small and increase its scalability when the need arises, as opposed to heavily investing into hardware at the very outset. Microsoft Azure Storage provides scalable, secure, performance efficient storage services in the cloud.
  • Hybrid cloud – These days, when it comes to selecting a cloud provider, the real decision is not in choosing between a private or a public cloud but in choosing a provider that provides the flexibility of a hybrid cloud solution. Azure is one of the very few vendors that offer an actual end-to-end hybrid cloud offering. Simply put, it means that you can deploy Azure on your premises but still get the hyperscale that only a public cloud can offer.
  • Pricing –  The main attraction to move to the cloud is to cut costs because IT departments are crumbling under increasing operational costs. So, if a cloud solution is not competitively priced, it could become the ultimate deal breaker. With a lot of small cloud vendors entering the market, there has been a downward trend in prices. But if you want to consider a trusted brand which has a global footprint but at the same time also offers you the most competitive prices, it is Microsoft Azure.

 

Choosing the right Technology Partner

Migrating to the cloud requires a special set of skills and expertise. If you plan to move your mission critical workload to the cloud, you have to be very careful in picking the right solution provider because your migration success will largely hinge on that.

If you want to partner with a provider who can make your transition to the cloud less complex, you can trust Sourceedge. We follow a four stop phased implementation after carefully understanding your business needs and analyzing your compliance requirements:

  1. Assessment
  2. Connectivity
  3. Migration and
  4. Integration

We have indepth knowledge about key business applications, extensive experience with operating system migration, and we are well aware of the operational challenges that you may encounter while moving your on-premise data centers to the cloud. We have successfully assisted many of our clients to reap the benefits of Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform and we can do the same for you.

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