Have you headed to the Microsoft cloud yet?
Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing management system, has become a major boon for the tech titan. Since its initial release seven years ago, the tech juggernaut has not only made it a major part of its revenue-generating business model, Microsoft has placed it front and centre of the Bill Gates-initiated brand.
All over the world, Azure is making its mark – reportedly, CEO Satya Nadella is projecting that it will triple its Azure capacity in China in the next couple of years. That is an important milestone for the maker of Windows. That’s great for Nadella and Co. but what about your business? If your company has adopted the Azure platform, then you’re likely wondering how exactly you can take full advantage of this incredible system. If you have yet to add it to your workplace, then what are you waiting for?
Well, with the right Azure management techniques, you will boost productivity, give your revenues a shot in the arm and see your competitors sweat just a little bit.
Here are five Azure management tips for your SMB:
1. Yes, You Can Save Money
Microsoft Azure is really a money-saving device. Not only will it make you plenty of loonies when it comes to productivity and revenues, you can save a few pennies by taking advantage of its free trial.
That’s right. You can test out Azure for one month free. If you don’t like it, then don’t purchase it. If you think it’s a right fit for your office, then be sure to buy it right away.
2. Automate Your Shutdown of Azure Resources
It is important to shut down the Virtual Machine, or at the very least de-allocate operations. You may not be able to perform this task manually. Why not turn to automation?
Don’t be surprised! You can automate the shutdown of your Azure resources to a specific time.
Microsoft experts say this is a great tool have for laboratories and managed services.
Remember, a little automation never hurt anybody.
3. Installing a Static IP Address
A bit too technical? Perhaps. A bit effective? Absolutely!
When you have Azure fully installed, by default Azure will establish IP addresses out of a treasure trove of available addresses. That said, if you wish to customize it, then you can modify the virtual machine to receive the same IP address every time you turn it on.
4. Connect Onsite Network to the Cloud
Let’s be honest: in today’s environment, you’re constantly on the go. As the days go by, it is becoming rarer and rarer to see employees actually at the office. That said, maybe you should consider connecting your onsite network to the Azure network.
This enables personnel to access important network files, documents and programs off-site. It must be noted that your Azure resources are never published on the public Internet. Instead it takes on a site-to-site virtual private network (VPN), something much safer than a public tool.
5. Personalize the Azure Dashboard
There is nothing wrong with a small amount of customization. That’s a good thing because the main dashboard is entirely customizable. In other words, you can update, change, add and fully personalize the dashboard to make it your own and to adjust it the way you like it.
Of course, you don’t need to rely on a single dashboard. In fact, you can produce as many as you wish as well as who has access to the dashboard and if others can see it. That’s kind of neat, isn’t it?
It seems like every tech giant is establishing a cloud system, and every small-sized, medium-sized or large-sized business is adopting cloud computing. The Microsoft cloud system is so immense and hot that parts of it had to be placed under water. That’s how much it is used today.
Not only is it wise to maintain an internal storage, but it is cost-effective if you take full advantage of the cloud. Whether you’re on the go or you want greater staff access to certain files, then it would be a good idea to travel to the cloud.
The right Azure management can ensure that your office is staying ahead of the times, and your rival.