Empower your business with Microsoft Cloud
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services e.g. servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more, over the Internet (“the cloud”). Business cloud adoption will increase from 22% today to 32.1% in 24 months achieving 45.8% growth*.
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Cloud computing is a big shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources. What is it about cloud computing? Why is cloud computing so popular? Here are 6 common reasons why organisations are turning to Microsoft Cloud computing services:
Microsoft Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software, and setting up and running on-site data centres – the racks of servers, the round-the-clock electricity for power and cooling, the IT experts for managing the infrastructure. It adds up quickly.
Most cloud computing services are provided as self service and on demand, so even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few mouse clicks, giving businesses a lot of flexibility and taking the pressure off capacity planning.
The benefits of cloud computing services include the ability to scale elastically. In cloud speak, that means delivering the right amount of IT resources, for example: more or less computing power, storage, bandwidth – exactly when it’s needed, and from the right geographic location.
On-site data centres typically require a lot of “racking and stacking” e.g. hardware setup, software patching and other time-consuming IT management chores. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks, so IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.
The biggest cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure data centres which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware. This offers several benefits over a single corporate data centre, including reduced network latency for applications and greater economies of scale.
Microsoft Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity easier and less expensive, because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
*IDC predicts external cloud adoption will increase from 22% today to 32.1% in 24 months achieving 45.8% growth. The multi client study also found that over 70% of heavy cloud users are considering a “hybrid” cloud strategy and over 40% of heavy cloud users plan to spend money on open source and standards projects.