Microsoft’s Global Cloud Platform.

Azure is huge in scale, huge in capacity, and huge in the range of products and services available to developers and businesses. It contains over 160 services to subscribe to, all of which are highly secure, highly reliable, and highly scalable.

Huge Scale, Huge Range

The Azure portal is the gateway to Azure services, you can choose which datacentre to use, what type of service you want to subscribe to and you can consume as much or as little as you are willing to pay for, or as your business needs dictate.

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Azure Virtual Servers

At Risc IT Solutions we specialise in Azure Virtual Servers.

You can choose your own virtual machine image or download a certified pre-configured image in the Azure Marketplace and with total flexibility you can benefit from a level of customisation that on-premise machines simply can’t match.

Azure can work on its own as an entirely virtual setup or as part of a Hybrid (Cloud and on-premise) infrastructure, making it suitable for organisations that want to transition to the Cloud or those with on-premise servers reaching end of life. Futureproofing your business has never been easier.

The trick with Azure is knowing what you need technically, and then being able to translate that to a cost. As with all things there are best practice solutions that reduce or minimise costs. Experience counts with Azure both commercially and technically.

A New Pricing Model

Azure Reserved Instances means that you can save money on Virtual Servers by reserving your resources in advance for a set 12- or 36-month period. Businesses can choose their Virtual Server as normal, trial it for a month or two to work out resources, then lock it down into a Reserved Instance. By doing this you will receive up to 70% discount and a choice of an upfront or monthly payment model.

Hybrid benefit is a method of reducing the costs even further by applying already purchased licences to a Reserved Instance.

The big news is that if you're moving into Azure for the first time, you can now buy these licences from Risc IT, apply them to Azure and benefit from the very same reductions only previously available to large enterprises.

The flexibility within Azure is huge and can seem daunting. As mentioned above, experience counts, especially as pricing is charged by the second. As always though, we’re here to guide you through the options and costs available, and will work with you to provide options within the Azure portal to suit your business, budget and scenario.

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