As the internet of things (IoT) continues to grow, so too does the amount of data that enterprises and small businesses are storing, tracking and analyzing on a daily basis. With this exponential growth of data, it becomes only a matter of time before businesses expose themselves to the inefficiency and security vulnerabilities that can come with it. Fortunately, solutions like Microsoft’s Azure Storage offer the capacity and tools needed to face this problem.
Azure Storage is a cloud-based storage solution boasting massive amounts of space for companies to store all sizes and types of data. Whether you have a few terabytes of database tables or hundreds of terabytes of unstructured data (documents, videos, etc.), Azure Storage offers a scalable and secure way to house all of it. This is a big advantage for companies accumulating large amounts of data, and an even bigger advantage for those seeking to analyze and use that data.
If you’re already using Azure for its Big Data and Analytics solutions, then housing all your data with Azure and feeding it directly to your Azure tools is a no-brainer. This seamless integration can improve business efficiency and eliminate the need to upload large amounts of data to cloud-based tools from on-premise hard drives. What better way to improve the flow of information processing than to have all your data and tools in the same place?
There is also significant peace of mind obtained by keeping your data secure in Microsoft’s well-protected cloud servers as opposed to relying on on-premise hardware and local networks that may be more susceptible to hacker attacks. Azure Storage also keeps you safe in the event of an on-premise disaster like a power surge or hardware failure. With all this accumulation of data, businesses have invested heavily in the value of analytics and the business intelligence it provides. These disasters threaten not only your data, but your entire business. That makes finding a secure, reliable storage solution even more important.
So now you understand the benefits that Azure Storage can bring to your business, but what if you don’t have the skills or the personnel to implement it? This can seem like a big obstacle, especially for smaller businesses, but the resources you need to get prepared are all easily accessible. To start, Microsoft offers a free course for anyone looking to learn how to implement and use their Azure Storage solutions. Also, there is an abundance of classes and instructor-led training sessions available like the ones we offer here at Fast Lane. Many of them are also free, and they range from basic fundamentals all the way up to advanced development topics.
With these resources at your fingertips, getting started with Microsoft Azure doesn’t have to be as hard or as expensive as it sounds. With the right training and education, you too can realize the many benefits of Azure Cloud Storage.