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Benefits for SMBs: Microsoft Azure

Azure is a flexible public cloud platform that can serve a wide variety of business needs. Leverage the power of Microsoft’s global datacenter network for your organization.

Companies can access Azure in one of two ways. The Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering provides access to the physical hardware in the datacenter, including the necessary power, cooling and networking. If more capability is required, Azure’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) includes all of the above infrastructure plus the operating system, database and web server, further reducing your need to maintain the system as your only concern is your own applications.

Azure Uses:

  • Website hosting
  • Application development
  • Virtual machines
  • Mobile services
  • Media and data storage
  • Streaming audio and video
  • Big data analytics
  • Backup and disaster recovery

Azure Benefits:

Financial Advantages

Azure allows you to reduce your IT infrastructure and its management, and go from CapEx to OpEx. The pay-as-you-go model ensures that your business can better manage your IT budget, and yet not be limited in the future by today’s decisions.

Scalability and Customization

Without being limited by your own physical infrastructure, your business can quickly increase its capabilities by easily adding more virtual machines in Azure as needed. This ability to scale on demand will allow you to respond to market changes as you need, without the worry of running out of server capacity. In addition, there are many options available for customizing your Azure cloud to manage your business-critical software.

Integration Capabilities

Azure offers a seamless integration with the rest of the Microsoft software, such as Office 365, SharePoint and Outlook, as well as the Azure package that includes Active Directory, System Center and PowerShell. Your ERP system can be managed on Azure, too. In addition, it is easily integrated with your existing IT infrastructure, giving you the ability to create hybrid environments.

Security and Reliability

Azure is one of the most secure cloud computing platforms in the world, having been built based on Microsoft’s commitment to developing the most secure code in the world. A global network of data centers, Azure backs up 6 copies of your data, so availability is guaranteed at 99.9%. Tech support is 24/7, in multiple languages.

Application Deployments

It’s an easy and quick process to launch applications in Azure’s cloud, whether they are customer or internal applications. Azure’s flexibility makes it an ideal, collaborative environment for developers.

Data Storage

Store any type of data on Azure. Move your SQL databases to the cloud, so your important business data can be accessed off-site and by mobile devices.

Analytics Capabilities

Azure services can manage your SQL and NoSQL databases, and can quickly and powerfully analyze that data with Microsoft’s Hadoop-based cloud service. Integrated with Excel, you can visualize this data in multiple ways to help you uncover new business insights.


Tasks can be automated in your Azure environment. Workflows can be created to eliminate the monitoring and maintaining of resources. For recurring tasks, you can automate workflows to run on simple or complex schedules.

Get the Most Out of Azure with INNOVEX

The INNOVEX team of IT engineers will help you transition to the cloud. Beginning with a consultation, we’ll help develop a cloud strategy for your business. We then draft a customized plan to migrate your applications, while managing costs. Our managed services can monitor the hosting and scale your platform as needed, leaving you free to focus on business growth.

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