Many organizations looking to leverage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) may have concerns when it comes to recouping past investment in existing in-house infrastructure.

That’s where Microsoft Azure really shines. Microsoft’s IaaS solution allows organizations tomigrate to the cloud as quickly or slowly as they’d like. Microsoft is a strong proponent of the hybrid cloud, in which in-house infrastructure coexists and integrates tightly with cloud-based services and infrastructure.

With Azure, organizations operating mostly virtualized servers aren’t forced to port those systems to the cloud right away. Instead, IT staff can set up a non-production test environment and add applications to the cloud as new projects arise.

Most organizations start out with such test environments before progressing to cloud-based storage, disaster recovery and other production workloads. Then, when management thinks an organization is ready, IT is already prepared to migrate the majority of virtual machines and applications to the cloud in short order.

Organizations can also leverage investment in Microsoft Active Directory by extending it out to the cloud, allowing easy delivery of single sign-on for Software as a Service (SaaS) applications as well as multifactor authentication for SaaS apps. Microsoft Azure offers prebuilt integration with thousands of leading cloud-based SaaS applications, greatly simplifying the work required to support single sign-on to existing and future SaaS apps.

Ready to Deliver

Microsoft Azure is available in 141 countries, and more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in 90 global marketplaces use Microsoft’s cloud services. Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure includes more than 100 globally distributed data centers, edge computing nodes and service operations centers.

Organizations are shifting rapidly to the cloud as they recognize all of the economies it can offer over on-premises data centers. Above all, the cloud allows organizations to provision IT services without significant capital investments — and management likely appreciates that funds for cloud-based services come out of an operating budget.

For example, instead of investing capital in additional servers, storage and systems administrators for an on-premises data center, why not leverage those resources in Azure at a fraction of the cost, and only pay for what the organization actually uses?

The same holds true for disaster recovery sites:  Potential customers concerned about whether their data stays in the United States can rest assured, knowing precisely where their data is stored and into which Azure data centers that data will failover in the event of a system outage.

White Glove Service

Even the most seasoned IT professional likely has more questions:  How much should be moved to the cloud? When? In what sequence? All of that takes some careful planning and know-how.

That’s why working with a third-party provider, such as CDW, can make all the difference. Many CDW staffers live and breathe Microsoft Azure and are well versed when it comes to best practices for migrating organizations to the cloud.

Let our exclusive White Glove service pave the way. Our experts can get you logged on, demonstrate how to set up a test environment, provision a virtual machine and explain the ins and outs of networking in Azure — all with an eye toward making your organization’s cloud migration a complete success.

Learn more about CDW’s Tailored to Fit Cloud and see what cloud computing can do for your organization.