“Testing a big new deployment like this is essential to success, but development and testing can take up a lot of time and it normally requires that we buy many extra servers that, once testing is concluded, we don’t really need anymore. And that costs us considerable money and other resources. That’s why Microsoft Azure was such a good solution for us.”
Andreas Høgberg, Director, Telenor
Deploy SharePoint rapidly and scale as needed
Spin up infrastructure for your SharePoint servers in minutes. Set up development or test farms, or scale out your production SharePoint deployments by instantly adding more resources. Simplify deployment and configuration with ready-to-deploy images and templates that are based on tried and tested configurations, and reduce the time to deploy complex SharePoint farms from days to minutes.
“By using Azure, we were able to launch our new extranet in six weeks versus waiting up to eight months for new servers to arrive. This helped us better deliver information to our gas stations and investors.”
Host your SharePoint sites cost effectively
Pay-as-you-go pricing and per-minute billing from Azure helps you save money. For development and testing, take advantage of Azure benefits for Visual Studio subscribers to reduce software licensing costs. When testing, spin up additional servers as needed for scale and load testing over short periods of time and remove them when you’re finished. Using resources that you need—and no more—helps you be more cost effective.
“The cheapest traditional hosting service we saw still would have required us to invest three times more than Azure in terms of servers, just for the initial setup, Azure gives us the most functionality at the lowest cost.”
Seamlessly move virtual machines across premises
A virtual machine in Azure running Windows or SQL Server is no different than a server running on-premises. Easily move virtual machines between on-premises physical servers, servers at your hosting providers, and Azure. With this portability, quickly and easily replicate your SharePoint dev-test environments or secondary production sites in Azure. And of course, move them back on-premises when the need arises.
"With its hybrid-cloud software, Microsoft has made it very easy for our customers to stop thinking in terms of on-premises or off-premises and to just think in terms of the solution they need."
Run Microsoft applications where they run best
Bet on the cloud that was built by the same company that built SharePoint and SQL Server. These applications have been battle-tested to perform well on Azure. Use your existing licenses with license mobility and the Azure Hybrid Benefit, and get first-class, first-party support across Azure, SharePoint, and SQL Server. Running SharePoint on Azure ensures your solution is on the same cloud that runs Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, helping you to easily integrate across these.
“By running K2 in Microsoft Azure, we can be very close to the datacenters running these other Microsoft cloud products so that we can deliver the best possible network performance and the lowest possible latency between application components.”