In the battle for the cloud, Microsoft Azure seems to be gaining the upper hand against Amazon Web Services (AWS). Yet we’re still seeing a lot of misinformation about Azure out there. Enough that it could put off businesses making the right choice in using it as their cloud-based web service.
Here are the top five myths we’ve come across and why you should ignore them:
#1. It’s costly and you’ll need to upskill your workers to use it
Nope, it’s not expensive at all. Especially compared to the cost of buying, storing and maintaining the hardware and software for an on-site data centre.
All Azure requires is a single subscription cost, with no up-front charges. You pay for what you need and nothing more. There are no hidden fees waiting to bite. Meanwhile all the hardware, software, standards compliance, backups and upgrades are taken care of elsewhere, leaving you free to get on with the job.
As for needing to upskill your workers to use it, this should no longer be an obstacle. Using a professional IT services provider means they take care of the set up and management for you to get you working ASAP. Yes, they can provide any training you need to get the most out of the product, but it’s no longer necessary to have the skills in-house to start taking advantage of Azure’s services.
#2. It isn’t as secure as keeping your servers on site
The very idea of ‘the cloud’ can make some people nervous. They prefer to be able to see and feel what they’re using, as it makes them more confident in its security.
Yet building a secure private server for your business is one thing. Keeping it secure is an entirely different story and requires constant, specialised, and costly IT management and compliance. Which is why a lot of businesses (without these resources) now have private servers which are outdated and therefore far more vulnerable to hacking and other issues.
Using a product like Azure means taking advantage of different data regions for data backup security in case disaster strikes. It’s also about as secure as you can get, given that it’s being constantly managed, audited and upgraded by Microsoft’s specialist teams to meet the strictest compliance for things like:
- ISO 27001;
- SOC 1 and SOC 2; and
- Global standards such as Australia IRAP, UK G-Cloud and Singapore MTCS.
#3. You can’t expand
Azure is actually perfect for scalable business operations.
For starters, it has multiple data centre regions across 140 countries—more than either AWS or Google Cloud Services. This provides businesses with the option to easily expand into almost any new market around the world and still have access to its data from a local data centre.
And, as with most cloud-based services, Azure also offers the option to scale your IT resources up or down as needed. Need more power, storage or bandwidth? No problem. Your Azure service can be adjusted to suit your business requirements as you expand, tailoring your platform to deliver whatever you need, whenever you need it.
#4. You’re not in control of your performance
Just because you can’t see your data server, doesn’t mean you’re not still in control. Indeed, Azure gives you even more control of your data and even allows you to customise how it’s used.
Being a cloud-based service, it removes the worry of costly, time-consuming IT management and lets you concentrate solely on improving your business performance. Azure also gives companies the flexibility to work however they feel is best, by offering a hybrid cloud platform. This means organisations aren’t locked in to any one particular way of working and can continue to use their on-site data centres, as well as the cloud, and move between both as needed.
#5. Azure isn’t compatible with open source
Again, this isn’t true at all. Microsoft Azure is more flexible than most give credit for, because the company recognises the importance of open source as the popular development model. They also understand that businesses have already invested in existing software and need a cross-compatible platform.
Consequently, Azure is compatible with a variety of open source operating systems, languages and programs, including Linux, Java, Python, Ruby and Node.js. In fact, one in three Azure virtual machines run Linux, demonstrating that it’s a cloud platform with plenty of open source choice on offer.
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Topics: Microsoft Azure