As we approach the end of support date for Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems, many businesses are engaged in the process of migrating to more modern platforms. If you haven’t already made plans to migrate, I encourage you to do so as a matter of urgency. The days when businesses could run out of support operating systems has long passed as the security risks of delaying beyond the January 2020 deadline simply aren’t worth running. That said, we understand that for many organisations there have been more lucrative times to make large capital investments than this autumn. A good IT strategy will consider commercial realities and leverage technologies to accommodate these. This is one area that Microsoft Azure can help minimise capital expenditure and link your operating costs to your business’s workload. By using Microsoft Azure to host the workloads and systems presently hosted on those out-dated Windows 2008 Servers, businesses can minimise spending on physical hardware (often the largest single component of capital spend in an IT project) and directly link resources, in terms of compute & storage and software licensing, to operational needs as an operational spend. For those with a mix of older Windows 2008 and newer Windows 2012 systems, Azure can offer the ability to build a hybrid cloud environment to balance workloads across on-premise and the cloud so that retiring 2008 need not mean a full pure-cloud solution. Where business requires highly available systems, Azure has the ability to affordably build highly resilient solutions without tying up capital in UPS and backup systems duplicating hardware across multiple sites. Further, beyond its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings, Microsoft Azure has over 100 features and services allowing organisations to accelerate change and deliver digital transformation initiatives. This could be AI or data analytics or for example; Azure has a suite of services that can be used to build a multi-layered security service featuring single-sign-on, multi-factor or biometric authentication and protect data with advanced information rights management capabilities. These are just some of the ways that Microsoft’s Azure platform can be used to realise business outcomes. As a leading Microsoft Gold Partner, ACS Office Solutions have the expertise and the tools to support Northampton businesses achieve ultimate productivity in their workplace.
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