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Microsoft on Cloud Computing

Help reduce costs, simplify management, improve services, provide transparency, and improve citizen interaction in a safe and secure manner with cloud computing.

​With the promise of lower costs, increased efficiencies, and new ways to meet organizational priorities, there is a lot of excitement about cloud computing. This is particularly true for government organizations that see ways to use the cloud to reduce costs, improve transparency, advance collaboration, better focus on critical needs, and increase citizen services.

Cloud computing should not be an all-or-nothing decision, but rather another set of tools to accomplish your goals and meet the requirements of your organization. This is why Microsoft provides offerings to support public, private, and on-premises solutions—so you can decide which capabilities belong in your environment and which belong outside, to complement, extend, or replace your existing information and communications technology (ICT) assets.

The benefits of cloud computing

Key benefits of cloud computing include:

  • Reduced initial capital expenses through lower technology cost.
  • Ability to redeploy ICT staff while maintaining or expanding capabilities.
  • Greater agility and scalability to adapt to changing workloads and needs.
  • Enhanced capability to meet your organizational mission by aligning ICT resources to value-added tasks.
  • Reduced power requirements by lowering energy usage with application virtualization, retiring or recycling unused equipment, and optimizing power usage.

Microsoft cloud services gives you the ability to deploy deeply integrated solutions on-premises, in the cloud, or using a combination of both. And cloud computing can help you better manage and reduce your ICT costs to adapt to shrinking budgets while reducing your environmental impact and creating more time for ICT staff to focus on critical projects.

We also know that highly secured data storage and access control are crucial for governments. This is why we are designing cloud computing services to meet and exceed internationally recognized standards.

Microsoft cloud services are flexible and subscription-based, so you only pay for what you use. That way,even when your technical requirements change, you can predict costs and keep funds allocation on track.

Harnessing cloud power

Use the power of the cloud to consume ICT as a service—where you need it, when you need it, and as much as you need at any given time. You can harness cloud power in three ways:

  • With our virtualized server platform, run by you or a hosted partner
  • Using our services platform, Microsoft Azure
  • By consuming finished communications, collaboration, or CRM apps directly from Microsoft in the cloud

These three alternatives are designed to suit the individual needs and priorities of your organization, so that you can make the transition to cloud computing on your terms.