By Tony Howlett

2018-02-16

Azure

I don’t like to use the fear of missing out (FOMO) as a justification for major life decisions. But when it comes to IT, often the benefits of transitioning to new technologies are so high and the downsides so low that a little FOMO is a good thing.

Problem is there’s a Catch-22 with IT modernization — the more dependent you are on a particular technology, the harder it is to keep up with its evolution. In the database realm, when you’re relying on Microsoft SQL Server to run your own database and/or databases that support applications used by your customers, transitioning to a cloud-based database solution can feel prohibitively time consuming and complex.

But IDC (PDF Download) has found that companies who go through the process of moving to Microsoft Azure SQL Database are handsomely rewarded. Azure SQL Database is Microsoft’s intelligent, relational cloud database service built for developers, with a focus on making maintenance easy. It offers built-in intelligence that adapts as it learns your app’s patterns to maximize performance, reliability, and data protection.

Let’s look at a few key reasons Azure SQL Database should inspire a little FOMO.

Productivity Gains for IT Staff

Because Azure SQL is a database as a service (DaaS) with significant intelligence and automation features built in, it requires less time and resources from your team to deploy, maintain, and manage it. As your company grows and your databases need to scale, these savings compound as you no longer need to devote staff time to building and maintaining infrastructure or building and maintaining new databases. 

IDC Research has found that teams with Azure SQL Database are 47% more efficient, allowing them to achieve with 16 IT staff members what would normally require 29. This leads to obvious cost savings, but more importantly, it enables your team to focus on higher-value, more innovative work beyond “keeping the lights on.”

Infrastructure Cost Savings

One of the major benefits of any “aaS” offerings is the infrastructure savings, including hardware, software, facilities, and hosting. Azure SQL Database is billed as a monthly fee determined by the number and volume of databases you use. IDC calculates that Azure SQL Database users pay on average 53% less than they would for a datacenter and hosted environment.

On top of that, using Azure SQL Database ensures you only pay for the resources you need, when you need them. Often, running on-premise databases can require over-provisioning of servers to get ahead of database growth. In other cases, it means companies have to endure long waiting periods before they can grow while their infrastructure requests get approved. With Azure SQL Database, you can scale up in real time as often as you need to.

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Mitigating Risk

Azure SQL Database customers experience 71% fewer cases of application downtime resulting from database-related issues. The benefits of this are obvious — if your application is down, your users can’t use it. Likewise for users of your internal database. IDC calculates that Azure SQL Database users reduce the cost associated with lost productivity by an average of 98%, while also helping organizations lose 92.1% less revenue as a result of customer dissatisfaction and attrition.

Business Productivity

Based on all the reasons we’ve already covered, using Azure SQL Database enables business growth at a lower cost. Some users have said that this opened up operational efficiencies and helped them introduce new revenue streams. IDC estimated that companies on Azure SQL would grow their operating margin by an average of $48 per Azure SQL Database per year — about $52,800 per organization, based on the average number of databases.

Working with Azure SQL Database makes application development cycles 75% faster, as companies are able to more quickly spin up databases to provide new services to customers. From operational efficiency to faster time-to-revenue and time-to-market, this can have an almost incalculable effect on a company’s long-term market position and finances.

Transitioning to Azure SQL Database

Microsoft has designed Azure SQL Database to run optimally in Microsoft Azure while also making it easy to migrate from SQL Server databases and applications. But for many companies, it’s not the technical aspects of the migration that are intimidating — it’s the strategic ones.

As an Azure-Certified Partner, Codero can architect, implement, and manage your Azure SQL Database as part of a holistic, hybrid multi-cloud strategy. We’ll ensure you’re set up to realize all the optimization and automation benefits of Microsoft’s DaaS and that the rest of your infrastructure and systems work together to give you the ultimate combination of reliability, performance, and efficiency.

When it comes to Azure SQL Database, this is one case where the FOMO should far outweigh the fear of change — especially since you don’t have to go it alone. Reach out, and let’s talk about how a hybrid multi-cloud strategy with DaaS can make life easier and more profitable for your company.
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