Cloud Based Servers (Microsoft Azure) Solutions

We currently support a business in the food manufacturing industry with their servers hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Need:

The client was faced with the need to replace their servers with new technology. In addition, the client was growing at approximately 30% per year. They needed new business applications to accommodate their growth. However, they were unsure of how to size because they had no idea what their needs would be in a year. They had two major fears, buying the wrong sized hardware and the business disruption of not being able to scale efficiently and cost effectively.

They wanted to have a server that could handle their growth, but they didn’t want to invest in server capacity they may never need. Of course, they knew that if they purchased hardware, they would be faced with the same prospect of replacing it all again in 4-5 years.

Solution:

Netsafe proposed moving their domain controller, file server and application server to the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Azure provides hosted servers based on the utilization of the server. This allows the client to deploy the servers they need, sized the way the business demands. Today, they’ve expanded their line of business since deploying the service and easily expanded the server to meet their growing demands for a small incremental cost.

With Azure, the client pays a monthly fee for the services they consume. They are not responsible for hardware or software operating system upgrades going forward. In addition, the services can be replicated and moved to another data center in minutes in the event there is an issue with their primary server. As a part of the service, their servers are imaged and stored in another data center eliminating the need to deploy a separate back up system and move the data off site.

Benefit:

  • More productivity and flexibility.

  • All network infrastructure is located in the cloud and backed up off-site.

  • Network computing power can be added or deleted in a few minutes.

  • Client does not have to be concerned with costly hardware and software operating system upgrades moving forward.

  • Users have secure, universal access to the corporate resources freeing them to work wherever they need too.

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