For corporate and B2B users, Clouds use a network mid-layer to connect devices and technology including computers and smartphones, to centralised resources in a data centre. Users access the data centre through the company network and/or the internet, from anywhere at any time. This is particularly beneficial for companies with employees or partner employees in multiple locations.
Applications that run from the Cloud can leverage the widest range of computing power that exists from multiple sites. Working in this way offers flexibility to clients, allowing them to use as little or as much resource as they need, and the ability to change it at short notice.
Using Microsoft Cloud and its services means that technology infrastructure is run by a third party, rather than on a server hosted within your company. The benefits involve substantial savings and efficiencies in administration and energy consumption as well as increased availability, capabilities and performance.
By using Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and all of the related Microsoft supported products, information storage and software are held at data centres owned by Microsoft. It’s Microsoft that is responsible for ensuring the availability for each of those services.
Microsoft Cloud’s infrastructure provides IT departments with:
- Speed and agility of execution, combined with scalability;
- It frees up capital by converting CAPEX (capital investments) in IT infrastructure into OPEX (operating expenses); and
- The ability to access and use added services which may otherwise involve very high entry costs if they’re not cloud-based.
In practice this means that IT professionals can quickly create and deploy servers, install applications, manage services flexibly and generate real-time analysis.