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Challenges we solve with Azure

In this part of the blog series focusing on Azure, we will present a fictional customer that, like many others, has the potential to be transformed into the future.

The client is in the media industry and has its office in Sweden. They use their own and freelance photographers who shoot all over the world. On a typical working day, there are a handful of people in the office in Sweden editing film while their photographers are shooting in the US and Japan. The films are then put on USB disks and sent to Sweden by regular mail. The Swedish office saves both the finished material and working footage on a few local servers where it has outgrown its current backup solution.

The customer's biggest problem is undoubtedly the time it takes for all the films and images that photographers send to the editing office with the USB disks. In addition, there is a great deal of uncertainty as to whether the USB disk will arrive in working condition, or whether the editing office in Sweden will want additional films and images. During this time, the photographer has to stay, take new pictures, send them back to Sweden and again wait for clearance to go home. The client's wish here is to be able to share the photographer's daily work more easily with the editing office in Sweden.

Preventing a possible crash

Another of the customer's future headaches is the scrub where they have placed a number of servers. This is where the company's identities, accounts, files and projects are all mixed together.

 

As in so many other places, the refrigeration would need to be replaced, fire and scale protection is missing, the UPS is humming in a corner with poor battery capacity and the storage, which no one has time to service, has a broken counter. In addition, it has outgrown its backup solution, which is also located on the same hardware as the other servers. Extending the current backup solution with separate hardware is an option, but it does not protect the data in a disaster situation in a good way. In addition, you want to have a disaster recovery solution in place. If your business premises are destroyed, you want to be up and running and working elsewhere within 24 hours.

Disaster may be closer than you think. In the blink of an eye, all your company data could be gone.

Unfortunately, customers don't always know what the consequences of a failed disk will be, but if they have ever experienced a server crash or server room fire, they understand and appreciate the benefits of placing their virtual servers in well-functioning data centres with replicated storage.

This is where we at AddPro come in and let you enjoy the journey in Business Class. We can develop an action plan on how your company can best move your resources to Azure and develop a cloud strategy that is tailored to your needs. In the next blog post, we will explain how and what services we recommend for the fictitious company so that they can both have a more secure environment, but also so that they can work more efficiently in the future.

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