Microsoft Azure Leads the Industry for Hybrid Cloud Environments

When you look to choose a data service provider, there are a myriad of reasons to head for the Cloud – and perhaps just as many reasons to opt for Microsoft Azure. Decentralized, cloud-based data centers provide flexibility and scalability to organizations that need to be intentionally strategic in today’s unpredictable economic environment, and Microsoft Azure offers industry-leading, seamless support for hybrid infrastructures that connect on-premise datacenters with the Cloud. While Microsoft Azure is the second largest cloud provider in the country, behind only AWS in revenue and market share, Azure is number one in the hybrid infrastructure market. Azure Continues to Gain Momentum Microsoft Azure’s popularity is no accident. Google Cloud has been around for nearly years longer, but has come nowhere close to Azure’ market share. In fact, a recent Statista report, states that in the third quarter of 2021, while Amazon Web Services (AWS), controlled 32% of the entire market, Microsoft Azure takes second place with 21% market share, followed by Google Cloud with a mere 8% market share. AWS enjoyed a 7-year head start on Azure, but that advantage is slipping as Microsoft continues to improve Azure and carve out larger market segments. Azure’s Hybrid Advantage Microsoft already had a strong foundation in providing on-premise datacenters for enterprises around the globe, so the move to the Cloud positioned Microsoft to fully embrace and support the hybrid environment model into their infrastructure. Hybrid cloud environments are ideal for enterprise clients who need to maximize flexibility, security, and scalability while also considering costs. Hybrid infrastructures enable organizations to wade into the waters of IaaS at their own comfort level instead of necessitating a single massive migration project, saving both time and money. More Development Tools with Azure’s PaaS Microsoft also offers Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) as well, providing increasingly robust environments and tools for application developers in an integrated dev-ops environment. By empowering their clients to easily test and deploy applications across products, Azure has become a favorite among developers for its ease of use, myriad of tools, and API support. Microsoft Azure’s flexibility, service, and support, make it a top choice for an increasing number of businesses, and Azure’s position as the leading hybrid cloud provider speaks to their true understanding of the wants and needs of the enterprise community and their dedication to meeting those needs. Formore information about Microsoft Azure and how it can help your enterprise rise above the rest, contact Dobler Data Solutions today.

Leverage Your Big Data and Gain Insights with These Top Analytics Tools

Big data is big business. In fact, the big data market is forecasted to reach $103 billion by 2023. Organizations are collecting and storing vast quantities of data like never before – but are they making the most of the data they are collecting? When analyzed properly, your data can provide valuable insights that help your business succeed and give you a competitive edge. Those insights can help you better understand the market, your consumers’ needs, and current trends, so you can make better decisions. They can also help organizations adapt to a rapidly evolving marketplace and predict the future. Unfortunately, not every company knows what do with the data they have. According to Forbes, 95% of businesses have mass quantities of unstructured data, making it difficult to manage and analyze. That means a lot of data is collected, stored, but ultimately goes unused. It’s time to put all that data to work for you. Here are some of the top analytics tools that can help your business harness the power of big data. Microsoft Azure HDInsight – HDInsight empowers you to manage your big data by using open-source frameworks such as Hadoop, Apache Spark, Apache Hive, LLAP, Apache Kafka, Apache Storm, R, and more, in your familiar Azure environment. This full-spectrum, cloud-native analytics service lets you process and analyze massive amounts of data at scale - on an “only pay for what you use” basis - and offers high availability, increased security and compliance, and tools that help your developers be more productive. SAP Analytics Cloud – The SAP Analytics Cloud, the analytics layer of SAP's Business Technology Platform, combines business intelligence, predictive analytics, and planning capabilities into one, enterprise-wide cloud environment. The SAP Analytics Cloud easily connects with SAP HANA, as well as other SAP solutions. Get stunning visualizations of your insights, and uncover the intelligence needed to make business decisions and take action. Apache Hadoop – This open-source, scalable storage platform allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. Hadoop is a cost- effective, scalable solution that can handle large volumes of data without format requirements, which is why it is one of the most popular analytics tools for big data. MongoDB for Analytics – MongoDB offers a distributed architecture and provides a robust set of tools for every type of user. Able to accommodate any new source of data and deliver high performance, even under massive data loads, MongoDB provides powerful reporting, real-time insights, driven by AI and machine learning applications. If you’re interested in making the most of your big data, Dobler Data Solutions can help you find, integrate and leverage the analytics tool that best meets your needs. Contact us today and let us help you gain the actionable, strategic insights you need to succeed today and in the future.

Reasons to Migrate to Microsoft Azure Cloud

There are many compelling reasons to consider migrating your business to Microsoft Azure. As the second largest cloud computing platform in the world (first among large enterprises), Azure offers infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) to meet a wide range of needs. Azure has steadily increased its share in the cloud market, by being cost-effective, easy to use and integrate, offering faster development, testing and delivery; and through world-class security and data compliance. So, if you’ve been thinking about migrating your business to Azure, you’re not alone. Let’s explore some of the many benefits to migrating to Azure and how to make the transition as seamless as possible. Lower Barrier to Entry A key benefit to cloud-based services like Azure is that you don’t have to invest a lot of upfront capital in servers, storage, or networking. Azure’s IaaS and PaaS solutions are based on consumption, meaning you only pay for the services you use (whether that means how much data storage you consume or how many hours your virtual servers are powered up.) Since there are many factors that go into each bill, businesses should enlist a qualified IT/database partner to help them navigate that complexity. They can help businesses identify ways to cut costs during deployment, as well as during ongoing maintenance and storage. The Time is Now Especially now, when remote work and access to online tools and technology has become the norm, migrating to Azure can be a game-changer for your business. Organizations can gain a number of competitive advantages such as including faster product development across platforms, easier integration with SQL server data and Microsoft infrastructure, high accessibility, and best-in-class security and compliance offerings. As the pandemic has spurred businesses to embrace digital transformation, it’s important to stay current with technology to remain competitive. Perform a Migration Assessment With Azure, migration to the Cloud is smooth and seamless – minimizing any disruptions to your business. Still, to avoid any unpleasant surprises, it is wise to have an experienced cloud migration partner conduct a migration assessment of your current IT environment, to ensure you are prepared and make any necessary adjustments ahead of time. Also, make use of Azure Migrate, which provides a unified migration platform where you can start, run and track your migration to Azure with a range of helpful tools. If you’re interested in migrating to Microsoft Azure, our team of experienced data engineers and consultants can help. For more information about successfully migrating to Microsoft Azure, contact Dobler Data Solutions today.