Microsoft Azure Security, Compliance Fears Are Slowing Adoption – Should They Be?

Microsoft Azure Security, Compliance Fears Are Slowing Adoption - Should They Be?

It might seem contradictory.

One one hand, a majority of businesses are now considering leveraging the public cloud to get their business done, and get it done at levels of efficiency never before possible. But at the same time, the concept of the cloud still instills fear and concerns across all levels of the business.

With so much on the line, and the cloud being seen as the key to competitiveness in the years to come, can businesses afford to be ambivalent about its value? And when it comes to Microsoft Azure, their own cloud platform, many organizations are treading lightly, unsure how to proceed. Is it something to fear, or to embrace?

Read on, as we put these fears to rest.

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Microsoft Azure vs Amazon Web Services

Microsoft Azure vs Amazon Web Services

All indicators suggest 2015 will be the biggest year ever for Microsoft Azure adoption in the Enterprise. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re among the many business leaders contributing to this era-defining movement.

It’s natural to wonder why an organization would choose Azure, a relative newcomer to the IaaS space, over the giant in the market, Amazon Web Services. While both offerings allow you to move workloads to the public cloud, there are real differences between the two.

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Have Azure in your EA and not using it? Here’s where to start

Have Azure in your EA and not using it? Here's where to start

Sorry – no carry over. No roll over. No credits applied next time. I’m not talking about your cellphone plan. I’m referring to an unnerving practice of organizations buying Microsoft Azure via their Enterprise Agreement (EA) — but never using it.

For many organizations, the EA is the easiest way to purchase Azure, preferring the upfront commitments and fixed discount rate over the uncertainty of Pay as You Go. And Microsoft recently improved previous incentives, making it even easier to adopt Microsoft Azure though an EA.

All too often those upfront commitments never come to fruition. Call it overly ambitious, poor planning, or perhaps just getting blindsighted by other priorities, but for whatever reason many organizations have Azure consumption credits just sitting in their EA, never being employed.

This is not a small thing either. We’ve seen upwards of $50,000 worth of Azure sitting on the table. All of which is credit you don’t get back when the agreement expires or the contract year ends.

Any move to the cloud is fraught with uncertainty – so it’s never wise to rush into it. That said, there are a number of easy wins – low impact undertakings – that show business value and improve efficiency by leveraging the public cloud.

If you have Azure in your EA and aren’t using it, here are a few ways we’re seeing clients adopt it for the first time.

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Office 365: 4 Features you *Will* Care About

Office 365: 4 Features you *Will* Care About

What features and new tricks does Office 365 offer? While there’s a decent amount of articles and sites that point to that sort of information, at Softchoice we’re committed to bringing you the information that matters most to your Microsoft investment.

Following my previous post on why Office 365 is a very worthy followup offering to BPOS, this post is focused on delivering the four features that I feel you will care about more than any other.

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