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4 Benefits of Microsoft Azure Cloud Integrations

As many businesses have begun to invest in their IT infrastructure to handle the needs of a remote workforce, many are utilizing the cloud to handle more of their workflow. This transition makes sense because the cloud allows for easy access to all the necessary company assets from any location.

The cloud is capable of handling most, if not all, of your tasks that once required a lot of on-site hardware and cost a good chunk of change.

Azure makes it easier and safer for your team to remotely use their cloud-based applications such as Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox, and Zoom.

What Is Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud-based directory and identity management system. Most office networks are already using Microsoft’s Active Directory to dish out policies and permissions, and Azure puts that capability into the cloud with additional features. Some of the capabilities include; multi-factor authentication (MFA), device registration, security monitoring, team collaboration (such as with Microsoft SharePoint), and more.

Like most of Microsoft’s cloud-based solutions (like Microsoft Office 365), Azure is cost-effective, scalable, and easy to use. Azure can help small to medium-sized businesses improve collaboration, productivity, and security; (whether your team is in the office or working remotely).

1. Single sign-on for multiple applications
Instead of requiring multiple sign-on to access their suite of applications, Azure allows for one log-in. This reduces issues with password compliance, as your team doesn’t have to remember multiple sign-on for all their applications. This also applies to in-house Active Directory, creating a seamless working environment between in-house and remote workers.

2. Azure works with a variety of products
Azure works with more than just Microsoft software. While Microsoft makes some of the best productivity solutions in the world, we know some businesses have other products in their office. With Azure, you don’t have to be locked into using solely Microsoft products. Azure supports other operating systems and virtual tools, including a variety of cloud collaboration tools and popular cloud services (such as Salesforce and Microsoft Office 365).

Azure allows businesses to mix and match, choosing which solution works best for them and their situation.

3. Azure provides real-time monitoring
Azure reduces security threats to your business’ data by identifying unusual user behavior and enacting “just-in-time” access to your data. This, in conjunction with Azure’s multi-factor authentication and conditional access, allows your business to benefit from improved application security and management control.

Azure also provides comprehensive reporting, enabling your business to monitor application usage and boost the security necessary to protect your data.

4. Azure makes collaboration easier
The big-time benefit of cloud computing with Azure is that it allows your team to access, share their files, and collaborate regardless of their location if they have internet access. Azure brings with it access to data centers around the world, meaning it is available wherever you or your team are.