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Without a doubt, cloud computing is a hot topic, with its ability to reduce IT costs, increase agility, reduce the need for physical IT resources, and help enterprises stay at the forefront of technology. IDC recently predicted “spending on cloud computing will capture 25% of IT spending growth in 2012 and nearly a third of growth in 2013”.
Microsoft cloud services helps you reduce significant capital expenditures to lower ongoing operating costs. They provide instant scalability to expand or contract to meet the shifting demands of your business without the burdensome expense and delay of increasing your on-premise infrastructure. And cloud services can relieve your IT staff of routine task work so they can focus on core competencies and strategic activities.
SAFE AND SECURE
The decision to move services to the cloud is based on trust. Microsoft Online Services offers non-stop round-the-clock support, and a financially-backed 99.9% uptime service level agreement. We also provide a comprehensive security approach, which includes regular third-party testing, multiple layers of logical security, and standard operational processes that achieve the strictest level of control.
When Coca-Cola Enterprises was considering Microsoft Online Services, they needed to be fully convinced that Microsoft would provide security measures that met or exceeded their own stringent requirements.
“Step one in getting comfortable with giving our data to Microsoft was visiting one of their data centers. To understand the physical nature of what they’re doing to safeguard not only their own information but also Coca-Cola Enterprises’ gave us a great sense of comfort that Microsoft has thought of all the right things.” – Tim Smith, Coca-Cola Chief Information Security Officer
CHOICES FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Microsoft cloud services offer you choices. Because of concerns about control, privacy, or security, compliance or customization, a complete cloud solution might not be right for you. A hybrid software-plus-services approach from Microsoft can give you the best of both options: the security, privacy, control, and compliance of your on-premises systems working together with the global reach, reduced costs, ease of provisioning, business agility, and manageability of cloud-based services.
Elizabeth Montalbano, “IDC: Economic Crisis to Bolster Cloud Computing,” IDC News Service, October 20, 2008 (http://www.cio.com/article/455568/IDC_Economic_Crisis_to_Bolster_Cloud_Computing?page=1).
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