Review the benefits of using cloud computing in comparison to on-premise services. The instructor looks at costs, scale, flexibility, reliability, resilience, agility, continuous improvement, and platform as a service benefits.
- [Instructor] So what are the benefits of using a cloud-based solution such as Microsoft 365 in comparison to an on-premises system? Traditional IT costs are fixed and rigid, so purchasing a new server is often a long-term investment and can be expensive. However, cloud-based solutions eliminates the need for up-front expenditure as you do not need to purchase hardware. Also, you only pay for what you use, usually based on the number of users. For example, if a project ends and contractors leave, then your user costs will be reduced. Cloud-based solutions such as Microsoft 365 are designed to easily and quickly scale as you grow your business. In this scenario, there is no need to purchase and set up extra infastructure. You do not have to be concerned with the underlying resources as this is all managed seamlessly by your cloud services provider. Cloud-based solutions are flexible, easily allowing you to change the profile of your IT system by adding in new features and functionality when required. Cloud service providers such as Microsoft can offer world-class features that are technically complex and outside the normal reach of most organizations. They can usually offer better performance than your in-house data centers. This is because they use a network of worldwide data centers with fast, highly reliable and up to date servers and networking. As a customer, you effectively rent these services at an affordable price. You're taking advantage of features such as clustering and geo-replication. You're getting access to the best in class hardware, security, and design available. And you have unlimited scope for system scale and agility. Because cloud service providers have to offer a great service they need to constantly evolve their offering. This can be by releasing new services and regularly updating their current services. Therefore, it's likely that a solution such as Microsoft 365 will be more up to date and leading-edge than most on-premises systems. Traditionally, businesses consolidated servers by using virtualization when moving workloads to the cloud. This reduced the burden of having to provide IT infastructure. In fact, a modern way of moving to the cloud means that you no longer even think in terms of servers. Instead you can focus on the range of services offered by your cloud service provider for your users.
- Differences between Microsoft 365 and Office 365
- Upgrading from Office 365 to Microsoft 365
- Benefits of cloud vs. on-premises solutions
- Security in Microsoft 365
- How Microsoft 365 helps businesses with compliance
- Using Microsoft 365 to upskill your organization
- Driving user productivity with Microsoft 365