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Five Ways Azure Can Save Your Business Time and Money

The Azure cloud platform contains more than 200 products and cloud services. With such a vast product ecosystem it can be difficult to understand where Azure can fit into your IT infrastructure.  To simplify things, Azure is designed to solve IT challenges, drive innovation and support businesses.  One of the key benefits of using Azure is that it can save your business time and money so you can focus less on IT and more on building your business.

Here are 5 ways Azure can save you time and money:

Simplify Access Management with Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory is a cloud-based identity and access management solution. It is an effective tool to increase security through enabling conditional access and offers six methods multifactor authentication deployment. One of the key ways that Azure AD can save time is through its single sign on features. Azure AD supports thousands of SaaS applications, allowing users to sign in to all their necessary applications with a single login both saving time and increasing security.

Work Anywhere with Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a virtual desktop solution that allows users to access Windows 10 desktops and applications from anywhere, on any device. Moving desktops to the Azure cloud saves money as it allows businesses to spend less on powerful desktops and laptops, as the computing power is no longer needed on the individual device. This also allows the possibility of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme to be introduced, further reducing costs associated with hardware.

Reduce Costs with Azure Cost Management and Billing

Azure Cost Management and Billing optimises cloud efficiency and decreases overall spending within your Azure subscription. It allows organisations to analyse their previous and current month’s Azure spending to check for correct invoice amounts, estimates for upcoming months and check whether different cost entities are within budget. In the Budget feature, organisations can set a budget and if the budget may be exceeded it will automatically shut down or change service tiers to ensure bills are correct. Finally, the Azure Advisor can give recommendations on how to decrease overall costs and optimise usage.

Centralise Management with the Azure Portal

Azure cloud offers the ability of managing all services from one portal.  Within the Azure Portal, it is possible to manage an organisations’ Azure subscription, including everything from simple web apps to complex cloud deployments. Having these centralised management capabilities greatly decreases the time involved in troubleshooting issues, deploying new products and services, and supports the move to a hybrid workplace as IT Admins can manage the services from anywhere, on any device.

Secure Workloads with Azure Security Centre

Azure was built from the ground up with security in mind. Microsoft provides multi-layered security with over 200 physical data centres, and a team of more than 3,500 cybersecurity experts working together to safeguard your business assets and data. Azure also includes threat detection and centralised workload protection within the Azure Security Center. Having this visibility of all threats decreases the risk of a costly cyberattack and secures both your network and your data.

The Azure ecosystem is packed full of functionality to keep your business ahead of the game whilst saving you time and money. If you want to find out more how Azure can benefit your business, contact us today.