The future is in the cloud!
The first thing you should do when you finish reading this post is to let us at AddPro create a Azuretenant for you if you don't already have one. Creating an Azuretenant is like creating an empty, virtual data center, and here we'll help you shape your tenant properly and set up the communications.
The customer in the last post had three major areas of focus: managing servers locally, sharing files worldwide, and backup. How can we use Azure to streamline this?
Managing the servers locally:
Here AddPro does an analysis for each server that exists, and then plans a "Lift and Shift". This means that we move the server as it is today up to Azure as a virtual machine. Usually a pretty simple maneuver, and suddenly you don't have to worry about the old hardware. However, here it is important to understand that it is "crap in - crap out". A server that is not well from the past will not feel better by being in Azure. If there is an option to reinstall, that might be preferable. However, from day one you will be able to take advantage of the Azure infrastructure such as redundant hosts, networks and scale protection you would never have dreamed of buying with your own money once you have made your move.
The client works globally, but with a strong need to work with large files locally. To accommodate this, we keep the file server local for fast access, but use the Azure File Sync service to synchronize a file storage area locally to a file storage area in Azure.
Part 1 of the Azure blog series
Part 2 of the Azure blog series
Those who work globally will use the fileshare in Azure and put their files there. Since the synchronisation is bi-directional, Azure will make sure everything is in sync. Files will thus reach headquarters quickly and securely without having to move USB disks halfway across the world.
With all the redundancy available in Azure, do you need backup? Yes, definitely! Azure won't protect you against your users' stupidities, like deletion or encrypted files. Microsoft takes responsibility for keeping services up and running. They don't take responsibility for the data we send up. That's why backups are sorely needed. In Azure, there is a service called Azure Backup and Site Recovery, and here we have the ability to run backups on the virtual servers we run in Azure.
What we have seen now is just the beginning, but a lot of questions may have arisen during the first journey. What other services are there in Azure that you need? How to find the right one? What should you consider when looking at a new application for your business? Can the service be delivered in Azure? Does the application work against Azure SQL? Don't worry, we at AddPro are here!
The future is in the cloud! Addpro is with you every step of the way, helping you make the right strategic decisions for your cloud journey! So, what are you waiting for! Contact us today to set up your Azuretenant and take a step into the future.
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