Future-Proofing Your Microsoft Applications
AWS (Amazon Web Services) offers advantages for applications in each of the top five use cases for cloud migration cited by survey respondents:
#1: Corporate communication and collaboration applications
AWS helps run Microsoft applications such as SharePoint, Dynamics, and Exchange with greater security, easier management, and higher performance, respondents say. “Using AWS makes it easy for us to resize [Microsoft Exchange] instances and increase storage without having to go through a lengthy procurement cycle,” says Tom Bentzen, director of information systems for Choice Logistics, a global warehousing, and parts logistics company.
#2: File servers and backup, data storage, and archiving.
AWS offers a complete range of storage services to support both application and archival requirements.
#3: Development and test environments.
Organizations can adopt a DevOps methodology with automated package installations, database setups, and code deployment services from AWS.
#4: Web applications.
AWS provides a flexible and agile development platform that is deeply integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio and .NET technologies. Additionally, developers can complete and deploy application code faster and with lower risk by taking advantage of elastic infrastructure resources in AWS.
Kevin Bodie, director of SAS platform strategy at Pitney Bowes, says his organization benefits from these resources. “We’re trying to rollout [new applications] much quicker than we’ve done in the past and AWS is behind us, reviewing our architectures so that as we move into the implementation stage everything will be optimized,” says Bodie.
AWS supports a fully managed database service for SQL Server that delivers high AWS supports a fully managed database service for SQL Server that delivers high performance, durability, and availability. Specific cloud features are also important for supporting these use cases. For example, AWS integrated networking includes options for virtual and physical isolation, with a dedicated connection that cannot be accessed by the public Internet. Businesses can integrate storage systems with AWS, and leverage features for identity and access control, such as a service that supports Microsoft Active Directory. To reduce the complexity of a hybrid cloud, AWS offers deployment and management features that control both on-premises and cloud resources.
The Bottom Line: The Cloud Movement Is Real
As the IDG study confirms, enterprises have already started moving key Microsoft applications to the cloud, and the benefits are already visible. Luc LaFontan, chief information officer for the Goodman Group, a property management company, reflects this perspective. “The cloud is the next step in our strategy of outsourcing commodity IT so that our internal IT team can focus on our business, create efficiencies, and drive competitive advantage,” he says. Extract from Amazone White Paper Publication
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