In the information technology world, if your information is “in the cloud,” it is not being stored at your physical location. Being in the cloud means a portion of, or all your data is hosted by a third party provider, yet it remains your information and is accessible anywhere, anytime, by any device.
The Cloud ERP delivery model offers many benefits. Businesses can purchase server and computer power based on need and time, without having the upfront costs of hardware and manpower on site. You also have the option using private cloud hosting or hybrid cloud hosting, which is a combination of public and private cloud usage or a mix of on premise and cloud usage.
The Power of the Microsoft Cloud
Contrary to what images your brain might conjure, the Microsoft Cloud is not actually located up in the air. Microsoft has data centers strategically located across the world, connected through a global fiber optic network. The Microsoft Cloud powers services such as Microsoft Azure, Bing, Office 365 and more. Microsoft is constantly building the infrastructure to support the tools of the future and house data safely and securely. Check out these series of videos to find out more about how Microsoft does the cloud.
Like any impactful decision, there are many things to consider when looking at the cloud. As far as cons, the usual issues raised have to do with security, cost creep, and data control. It’s important to look at these things, but in order to stay competitive in today’s landscape your business needs to think digitally. If you don’t have a large IT team and your business doesn’t require the high security of a financial institution, you should be looking at the cloud in some way, shape or form.
With the solid foundation of the Microsoft cloud, Stoneridge Software can help your business look at all the options to select the right fit. Choosing the right software solution and technology partner can make all the difference in realizing the advantages of the cloud.
- Microsoft is one of only a few hyper-scale cloud providers, offering a truly global operation with the most extensive data center footprint in the world.
- Microsoft is the only company with a comprehensive hybrid cloud platform that enables you to combine your existing data centers with the Microsoft public cloud. This creates a cohesive infrastructure and a consistent user experience that will help power all of your data and application needs.
- Microsoft offers the extensive enterprise-grade capabilities you’d expect, with the experience and trust of the world’s largest enterprises.