By Amee Kent

2018-02-02

Hybrid

If you still haven’t made the move to the cloud, you’re not alone. From lingering financial pressures after legacy hardware purchases, to creeping insecurity about which parts of your infrastructure to move, there are a host of reasons you might be hesitating to migrate to AWS or Microsoft Azure.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing decision. Here are a few common reasons to consider adopting AWS or Azure resources for part or all of your infrastructure.

1. Small business or startup

Let’s start with a classic cloud use case: preparing for growth on the horizon. While leveraging an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model always makes it easier to scale than owning your own hardware, nothing is more instantly scalable than the cloud. Hosting your business in the cloud gives you virtually unlimited room to grow and the flexibility to scale resources up and down to meet increased traffic demands.

2. Disaster recovery

Disaster recovery used to be an expensive proposition until the cloud made it accessible to companies of all sizes. Microsoft Azure in particular offers robust features for disaster recovery, enabling you to orchestrate and execute quick restoration of even complex, multi-tier workloads. Disaster recovery is so well suited for the cloud, in fact, that it is a use case suited for every organization.

3. Worldwide presence

If users in other parts of the world regularly access your content, they’ll have a better experience if it’s being hosted near them. Setting up data centers all over the world may not be an option for you, but AWS and Azure can give you the same reach at a fraction of the cost. AWS has data centers in 16 regions around the world, while Microsoft has presence in 42 regions, making it easy and affordable for even small companies to serve people around the world.

4. Access to cutting-edge services

AWS and Azure are both on the leading edge when it comes to supporting the future of technology. Whether you’re hoping to benefit from big data and data lakes, artificial intelligence, or even niche needs like the shift to a DevSecOps development approach, hosting in the cloud ensures you can take advantage of AWS and Azure’s innovative software and services. Plus, as technology improves, you’ll continue to have access to the most up-to-date features and solutions without having to migrate to a new infrastructure.

5. Temporary workloads

Maybe you intermittently run data-intensive processes, like analyzing big data, testing applications, or running actuarial scenarios. On AWS and Azure, you can automatically provision the resources during the hours of the day you need them and de-provision them when you don’t. Even if this means you’re spinning them up in the morning, only to shut them down again, your cost savings compared with a dedicated machine will add up.

Choosing Between AWS and Azure

Both of these leading cloud providers offer robust features and competitive pricing, but there are fringe use cases that may help you choose between them.

If you use Microsoft applications, you’ll probably want to run them in an Azure environment, where they’ll be easier to integrate and manage. Azure also has robust features for disaster recovery.

If you are hoping to set up data lakes, AWS offers many storage options and artificial intelligence that can make big data more searchable and usable. It also has great software and packages for developers, particularly those interested in moving to a DevSecOps model.

The better news is that you don’t have to choose just one platform. Codero is certified on both platforms and able to custom-architect and deploy hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure where each task is run on the right platform, at the right time, for the right reasons.

Chat with us about your plans to move to the cloud. Whatever part of the process you’re currently in, we’re ready to help you make the tough decisions so your move to the cloud can be effortless, and your new infrastructure ideal.

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