8 Key Benefits of Migrating from a Windows Server to Microsoft Azure

The benefits offered by cloud-based office productivity software, such as Xero, MYOB Essentials or Office 365, have caused many companies to adopt cloud technologies over traditional computer-based solutions. By 2020, 82% of enterprise workloads will reside in the cloud.

Migrating to Azure

The flexibility and cost savings of cloud-based architecture is what Microsoft’s Azure cloud server takes advantage of by bringing multiple benefits to companies that migrate over from a standard Windows server.

As a Microsoft Silver Cloud Platform Partner, GKM2 are experts when it comes to bringing helpful Microsoft solutions to small and medium enterprises. We assist Australian businesses with a wide range of managed IT solutions, including successful cloud migrations and full server setups.

We’ve seen firsthand the positive impacts that migrating server processes to Microsoft Azure can have on a company. With servers running the full technology infrastructure of an office, using a powerful cloud-based platform can provide transformative growth through benefits such as boosts in efficiency and cost reductions.

Reasons to Consider Migrating to Azure

If you’re used to having an on-premises server, switching to a cloud solution can bring some concerns about not having complete control of your systems. But Azure provides both cloud and cloud-hybrid options to meet the needs of multiple business owners, along with administrative controls that put you in the driver’s seat of all your information.

Microsoft Azure is the fastest growing cloud infrastructure service, growing 76% between 2017 to 2018.

Why should you consider a move from a Windows Server to Microsoft Azure? Here are the main reasons your company could benefit from moving to this cloud-based platform.

1. Cost Savings

At the top of any company manager’s list of benefits is saving money. Companies can reduce IT expenditures up to 82% by migrating to the cloud using the Azure Hybrid Benefit. Moving existing Windows server licenses to Azure allows organisations to pay the base rate rather than full price.

2. Global Cloud Infrastructure

You won’t have to worry about a single point of failure, as you do with a non-cloud server that’s office based. Azure is supported by a global network covering 140 countries and 54 Azure regions. This includes multiple locations throughout Asia Pacific including four in Australia.

3. Speed of Deployment & Operations

Because your server on Azure has a global infrastructure behind it, it can offer speeds for operations and deployment of programs that are significantly faster than a stand-alone Windows server. Microsoft notes that Azure analytics are up to 14 times faster, while costing 94% less than its competitors.

4. Scalability

If you’re running your own Windows server, your capacity is capped according to your hardware capabilities, and upgrading means purchasing another server or component.

With Azure’s cloud infrastructure, you can easily scale up or down at any time and only pay for the space and processing power that you need, when you need it.

5. Disaster Recovery

In the event of an outage or disaster at your office, like flood or fire, if all your data is stored onsite, it could take you months or years to fully recover. Any good business continuity plan these days includes cloud solutions that allow you access to your data and office applications from any location.

Azure is designed for efficient and secure data backup and recovery to mitigate any business disruptions and ensure your company can recover quickly in the event of a disaster.

6. Offers Hybrid Solutions

For those businesses that don’t like the thought of keeping all their data off-site in the cloud, Azure offers the flexibility of a cloud hybrid solution. You can integrate an on-premises Windows server with Azure, thus improving your capabilities and data security. A few of the hybrid cloud capabilities include:

  • Azure Backup
  • Azure Migrate
  • Azure Site Recovery

7. Removes the Cost and Hassle of Hardware Upgrades

For those businesses currently running Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, an important date is coming up on January 14, 2020, which is the end of life (EOL) of these Windows products. That means all security support ends and servers need to be upgraded to ensure data security.

Using a cloud-based server, you avoid the cost of purchasing a new server once your current one hits its EOL and any service pack updates can be done automatically in the cloud. You know that your server will continually be updated with important security patches and performance updates.

8. Focus on Business Innovation

When you’re working with a cloud environment, updates and innovations are fluid and you can often do more with your applications than you can with a static on-premises server. Microsoft focuses on business innovation to bring more capabilities to Azure users through managed services such as:

  • Azure AQL Database
  • Azure App Service
  • Azure IaaS (infrastructure as a service)

Ask Us About a Migration to Microsoft Azure Today!

Our team at GKM2 are experts at data and process migrations, especially those involving Microsoft products and we can help you with a smooth, cost effective, and efficient migration to Azure’s cloud-based server environment.

Find out how much better working with a cloud or cloud hybrid server can be! Contact us today at +61 2 9161 7171 or reach out online.