What are the benefits of using Azure VMs or more to the point, what are Azure VMs and how will they benefit your business?
Well you have arrived at the right place if you are looking at learning how Microsoft Azure and more specifically Microsoft Office 365 can help your business’s future, saving you time and money on the way.
We all could use a bit of savings in both of those departments can’t we? Now onto learning.
Cloud technology is the future – it is an open secret and the reason why all organisations, no matter how small or how big, are moving to cloud technology by using services like Microsoft Office 365 and Azure. Cloud technology and services like Office 365 and Azure offer benefits and features that were previously not possible with on-premise machines and networks.
One of these features or benefits is Azure VMs, also known as Azure Virtual Machines. These smart virtual machines allow users to create and run their own VMs, based on their choice of operating system, language, and of course, workload.
Why use Azure VMs?
For one simple reason – they are more productive and easy to work with for people. I mean, when you can customise a machine specifically to meet your needs, instead of shifting to a new machine to work on another operating system or a different set of apps/software, what else do you need?
Azure VMs are all about – Having it Your Way
It’s a perfect solution for small, medium and even large businesses, as it offers the ability for employees to customise the machine they are working on according to their needs and comforts. It also allows small businesses to save space and cost on additional hardware and physical machines.
Azure allows users to run these VMs in the Azure Infrastructure Services public cloud, but the businesses that are using Hybrid IT model, that is a blend of cloud and on-premise computing, can also connect the virtual machines with their on-premises network. For this, Microsoft has introduced the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.
So, if you are using only cloud or a Hybrid system, Azure VMs will work just fine with both systems.
Are Azure VMs technical?
Azure Virtual Machine sounds technical but it is not once you start to learn more about them. It is another benefit of these VMs, their ease of use and also ease of setting them up. Azure VMs are extremely flexible to customise for any size business.
Microsoft Office 365 allows you to choose a platform like Linux or Windows Server, or use a “Quick Create” feature that offers pre-built templates with different configurations to choose from. This makes things easier as you only have to look for a template that fits your needs and use it. All you need is to provide very basic information like name, location, platform image, and your password.
In addition, Greendata can also help you with a customised VM template or templates according to your business’s unique needs. This way, you have customised templates to use multiple VMs on the same hardware without switching to other physical machines.
So, what’s the benefits of using Azure VMs?
They are easy to customise and they allow you to work on a system of your choice on the same hardware, but is there more? Well, there is a lot more that Azure VMs can offer your business.
Here are the three main benefits of using Azure VMs in your business.
- Scalability: With an expansion in your business or more advanced requirements, you don’t have to buy new or more powerful machines. You can simply customise the Azure VMs into a more advanced machine.Azure VMs allows scalability on demand, without any need for businesses to add physical resources like hardware and more space. For example, you can virtually customise your machine to add an additional RAM for better processing time, instead of adding more storage physically.
- Backup and Quick Recovery: Cloud computing is known for its quick recovery and backup solution that was not possible with physical machines. You don’t have to worry anymore about the failure of your hardware. All your data and apps are stored in cloud computing and in case hardware fails, it is shifted swiftly to other hardware areas without any downtime.
- Cloning: To physically clone a machine is an expensive and time-consuming task, but cloning an Azure VM takes seconds and just a few clicks. As you can save your customised VM as a template, you can simply use the same template to clone it again and again.
It all comes down to Cost and Pricing
For most businesses, when switching to a new technology, it all comes down to cost and pricing benefits. And this is exactly the reason why Azure VMs are getting popular among small and medium businesses, because of their affordable pricing model.
It not only allows you to save a lot by decreasing your costs on buying new hardware and expanding your on-premise hardware, but it also allows you to pay according to your use. With Microsoft Azure, you only have to pay for computing time and the storage space you need.
The pricing model is based on hourly fees and consumption, depending on the size of your hardware requirement. This means, as soon as you turn your machine off, you don’t have to pay anything. The worst case scenario is 744 Hrs per month, but businesses can drastically reduce their costs by using their machines only when needed.
Similarly, the more speed (like RAM) and faster processing time you need, the more you have to pay. So just like everything else, the pricing is also customisable with Azure VMs.
In addition, with VM machines in place, you don’t need big IT administrative teams as Microsoft takes care of the hardware.
Are you ready for Azure?
Aren’t Azure VMs amazing? Yes, they are! Are they ready for your business? Yes, they are!
Our team at Greendata can make Azure VMs more fun, productive and cost-effective for your business.
We customize virtual machines according to your specific needs that save you from oversubscribing. For example, when your business tasks and apps can run perfectly fine with 2 GB RAM, why to pay for 8 GB RAM?
This is what we do, in addition, to providing you with custom-built VMs and templates that can help your team achieve more and save more too.
We are always available to help businesses who are looking to achieve more by using Azure or Microsoft Office, so connect with our team at any time you want, you will always find us available and quick to respond.
You can phone us on 07 5526 0278 or send a message on our “Let’s Connect” page and get ready to rock with Azure VMs for your business.