Enterprises are adopting cloud technology at a growing pace. In fact, a recent LinkedIn Cloud Security Spotlight report, which contains insights from over 250,000 respondents, found that 71 percent of respondents are planning to or have already implemented a cloud environment.
When seeking opportunities to migrate to the cloud, one area of opportunity is cloud apps. Azure is Microsoft’s cloud-based app platform for developing, managing and hosting applications on-site. But what are the benefits, and does it make sense for your company?
Here are five reasons to use Azure for cloud apps:
- Scalability and flexibility. When using Azure cloud apps, you are able to easily create apps that run reliably and scale easily, whether you have 10 users or 10 million – without adding more coding. Storage is also scalable and secure in the cloud.
- Pricing model benefits. Using a cloud solution reduces overall cost as compared to building and expanding on-premises resources. Administration costs are lower, and pricing is based on actual consumption. You’re paying an hourly fee depending on the size of the instance for Azure computing services.
- Enhanced security. Despite the sharp surge in cloud adoption, nearly half of respondents in the LinkedIn Spotlight report say that cloud security is a barrier to adoption. The .Net Access Control Service of Azure provides a method for integrating identifiers and security assertion markup language tokens used by applications to safeguard access.
- Data center in the cloud. SQL Azure offers companies the ability to access enterprise-class data centers without the extra work of maintaining this type of entity. As a result, you benefit from a high level of availability and reliability, with copies of data and automatic failover. Backing up data yourself is no longer a worry.
- Interoperability. Azure offers the ability to develop hybrid applications. On-premises applications can also use cloud services, such as cloud database and storage services. Communication works easily between on-premises applications, the cloud and mobile devices.