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The benefits and uses of Azure for the SME market

Microsoft Azure has increased their market share with SMEs, showing double digit gain over all their competitors in Q4 of 2016. Since its launch in 2010, it has been steadily gaining traction as a leader in IaaS (infrastructure as a service), and PaaS (platform as a service), offering reliable, cost-effective, high-performance, end-to-end computing solutions for companies of all sizes and types.

Custom build-outs provide flexible options

Azure offers a wide range of services that can be custom-built on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration each company’s preferences for the public, private or hybrid cloud and what services might be rendered. To remain cost effective, there is a preference with many companies to only pay for the services they need, and based on the scale of their operations. Microsoft’s aim is to champion AWS in terms of pricing and features. By the numbers, it would seem that they are managing that effectively, as AWS growth in recent years cannot even compare.

How Allteks can help

With so many options available, it can be a bit daunting to put a cloud package together – you might call it ‘feature shock,’ because there are literally hundreds of options to choose from. This is where it helps to have an Allteks technician help to walk you through the process. We will first learn about your business, and find out what capabilities you are looking for in switching to Microsoft Azure, we will then help to design a platform that is right for you. The best part is that with a custom solution comes custom pricing: you will only be paying for the services you use, and nothing more.  If you decide to add a feature, it’s as easy as making the decision. Without any hardware or infrastructure to manage, your changes can be deployed quickly and efficiently, letting you get back to doing what you do best.

Some of the reasons SMEs are choosing Azure over other cloud providers

There are many reasons SMEs are migrating to Azure, but the ones we hear most often include:

  •  Hybrid cloud solution that covers more countries and more regions than any other:
    • Currently, there are data-centres in 34 markets, and expansion is ongoing
  • More reliable enterprise mobility services
  • High level of compliance:
    • trusted by governments institutions and high-security enterprise
  • Seamless integration with Office 365, SharePoint, and other Microsoft tools
  • Robust open-source developer tools that provide capabilities to build apps and services for all platforms
  • Reliable platform with 99.95% availability
  • Leverage existing technology investments to obtain maximum value and portability
  • Business intelligence insights
    • Helping you to manage your business more effectively
  • Incredible content delivery network:
    • Supercharges your marketing efforts
  • Desktop virtualization:
    • Empowers your remote and in-the-field workforce
  • Fully hosted and managed solution
    • No hardware to purchase or manage
  • IoT support
    • Machine learning, real-time analytics
  • Affordable, reliable IT disaster recovery

 A word about disaster recovery

If your business is offline for any reason, you run the risk of losing everything. With the power of Microsoft Azure protecting your data and infrastructure, you will never have to worry, because no matter what may happen, you are always protected. Testing can be performed at any time, without running the risk of disrupting users’ workflow, giving you the confidence you need to charge ahead. All of your systems are monitored for performance and security, and often disasters can be averted before they even happen. With the industry’s lowest RPO (recovery point objective) and RTO (recovery time objective) targets, you can be back on line quickly, assuring your business continuity and customer satisfaction.

Allteks: a trusted Microsoft Azure Provider

If you have been thinking about Microsoft Azure, and are wondering what it can do for your SME, call Allteks today. One of our Microsoft certified engineers would be happy to find out more about your business, and help you design the Azure cloud infrastructure that will take you to the next level.

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