3 Reasons to Consider a Managed Provider for Azure
With new public, private and hybrid cloud offerings launching regularly, organisations are no longer limiting themselves to a single cloud environment. A survey conducted by Dimensional Research found that 77 percent of businesses are planning to implement multi-cloud architectures in the “near future.” While a multi-cloud strategy certainly has its benefits (greater scalability, more options and reduced risks - just to name a few), managing more than one cloud isn’t always easy. And that’s where a managed multi-cloud provider comes in hand.
Odds are if you are an enterprise that’s serious about the cloud, Microsoft Azure is likely on your radar. Azure is today’s fastest growing cloud platform and given that momentum—plus Microsoft’s scale, capacity for innovation and entrenched position in the IT world—it’s becoming the leading cloud choice among CIOs. Whether you are already on Azure or planning to migrate, enlisting a managed Azure provider like Navisite can better enable your organisation to harness the full benefits of your Azure environment. Here are a few reasons why:
- Expertise: Simplicity is not one of Azure’s characteristics. The same platform depth that allows you to support hybrid, multi-cloud environments requires considerable Microsoft and Azure expertise—talent that can be hard to find and expensive to recruit. At Navisite, our experts hold over 100 Microsoft certifications. They built the reference architectures that are the foundation of our Managed Azure service and they are the critical resource that enable our clients to maximise their Azure investment.
- Control: Many clients resist moving resources to the cloud for fear that they will lose control. In fact, just the opposite can be the case with a managed cloud service. Navisite offers a portal—we call it Proximity—that keeps clients in touch both with what’s in the cloud and what’s on-premise. You get the reporting you need on events, resolutions, server performance, when thresholds are exceeded, etc.—all at the same time, all in one place. In fact, you are getting the same information that goes to Navisite's Service Centres as part of our 24/7/365 monitoring. Instead of less control, you get a lot more.
- Security and Uptime: Although Microsoft has put in place extensive resources for reliability and security, nothing is perfect. Crashes and outages are inevitable. And given Microsoft’s “shared responsibility model” for data breaches, it’s imperative to know exactly where you are liable. Navisite’s security experts help you understand where your responsibility begins and ends and also how to use Azure mechanisms to reduce risks and maximise uptime. For example, as part of our reference architecture for Azure, Navisite groups multiple VMs into Availability Sets so that during the course of routine maintenance or upgrades, only one VM in an Availability Set is rebooted at a time. Microsoft offers robust Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for Availability Sets. It’s a key way we help enhance availability and leverage this Microsoft approach.
Selecting a managed multi-cloud solution can help further empower your organisation, by freeing internal IT teams from “firefighting” and tedious IT maintenance and monitoring tasks to focus on more strategic, engaging projects.
Download this Quick Tips: Why Choose a Managed Service for Microsoft Azure to explore more ways that Navisite’s Managed Azure Service can help your organisation realise the full power of Azure.