5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know about Microsoft Azure

On December 8th, 2016, posted in: Cloud Computing by Comments Off on 5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know about Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure

At first glance, Microsoft Azure might seem intimidating.

If you’ve viewed the Azure case studies page, you might make the assumption that it’s best suited for enterprise level businesses like GE or jet.com. But the truth is, if your organization is a small to mid-sized business, Azure can help you cut IT costs and boost productivity in a big way.

In fact, because Azure allows you to scale up and down as needed, you can actually simplify your IT system and pay only for the services you need.

Since Azure is relatively new to the market, it’s only natural that businesses of all sizes have questions. At Ontech Systems, we work with many small to mid-sized businesses in the Milwaukee area and today, we’re demystifying Microsoft Azure and focusing on 5 things your business needs to know.

1) Microsoft Azure Might Be the Right Solution for Your Business IF…

  • Your IT needs are outgrowing your current IT environment
  • You need to remain HIPAA compliant and store sensitive data
  • Your hardware is out of date or not functioning as intended
  • Your organization is making IT cuts
  • You have a mobile workforce who needs secure access to company data
  • Your organization is lacking the space for new equipment and looking to move to the cloud

Needless to say, Azure is a powerful solution that can do much more for your business.

Request an Azure quote to see how we can help you cut costs, boost productivity and streamline your IT systems. With direct access to Azure technical support representatives at Microsoft, we can work with your in house IT staff or act as an outside IT consultant.

2) Azure Can Lead to Significant Savings

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that can help small to mid-sized businesses in a variety of ways – from avoiding the cost of purchasing new equipment to maintaining compliance through the most stringent security standards. Azure puts enterprise level technology within reach of smaller businesses who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

3) HIPAA Compliant or Not – Azure Can Help You Back Up Your Data

We’ve covered the importance of data backup at length on our blog. Unfortunately, many businesses still underestimate the importance of backup – until it’s too late. In today’s digital age, the reality we’re faced with is loss of data = lost income.

Whether you’re still relying on tape backup, you don’t have offsite backups or your business is utilizing a consumer-grade backup service, we strongly advise you to consider business grade backup – whether it is Azure or another backup solution.

In Microsoft Azure, your data is stored securely and replicated across Microsoft’s data centers so it’s always there when you need it. If you need to maintain HIPAA compliance or adhere to other security regulations, Azure has a great solution for long-term archiving without relying on expensive, slow tape backups.

4) Azure is not a “Canned” Solution

Back in the day, IT companies installed network components almost systematically – we could actually follow a checklist. Quite often, the setup was very similar from one client to the next.

Today, we’re in the age of the cloud. Businesses now have the flexibility to scale services up and down as needed. Azure makes it possible to tailor your IT solution to your unique set of needs as an organization. As your business grows, you can add or remove services and pay only for what you use.

5) Azure Allows You to Mobilize Your Business

cyber-security-traveling-originalMany businesses are jumping on the “bring your own device” BYOD bandwagon and allowing employees to use personal phones for business purposes.

As you might imagine, this presents a huge security risk, particularly if your organization is in healthcare and needs to remain HIPAA compliant. Azure’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) gives you complete control over who accesses your sensitive company data.

Through EMS, you can remotely wipe devices, publish apps for users and manage everything at the click of a button. Users’ personal data is kept separate from business data so sensitive information is kept safe and personal data remains private.

Reduce IT Costs for Your Milwaukee Area Business

There are a variety of file share options available for mobile workers, so we encourage you to contact us at (262) 522-8560 or alternatively, you can connect with us online to receive an unbiased perspective on cloud based solutions for BYOD, mobile device management, file sharing, backup, disaster recovery and more.

Whether your business is running low on space for a server or you’re contemplating a move to the cloud, contact us to get an estimate on what your cloud computing costs will be.

In addition, we invite you to request a no-obligation, Free Network Discovery where one of our skilled Network Consultants will evaluate your network and uncover potential vulnerabilities that might otherwise remain unnoticed until disaster strikes.

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Our Network Consultant will conduct a full audit of your network and discuss with you – minus technical jargon – ways your business can fill in any gaps and resolve any vulnerabilities or loopholes that might compromise your business and potentially cost you thousands of dollars down the road.

Your FREE Network Discovery includes: An audit of your Current Network, Infrastructure, Server(s), PC’s, Backup, Security Performance, Reliability, followed with Q&A Session with our Network Consultant.

During your "non-tech talk" Q&A session we'll discuss:

- Your company's susceptibility to viruses 
- Security of YOUR confidential records
- Your disaster recovery backup plan
- What to do if your system fails

 
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