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The Microsoft Cloud

Empower your organization to unlock greater insights, transform teamwork, and enable innovative solutions through the secure Microsoft Cloud.  


Deploying your business software on-premises or in “The Cloud” is an important decision that every business will need to consider. Most of you have been hearing a lot about The Cloud. This term may take on many definitions, depending on who is describing it. With this in mind, we would like to discuss some of the relevant issues as it pertains to The Cloud, BMI and Microsoft.


At BMI, we are here to help you figure out your options regarding how you want to deploy and run your business software, in the Cloud or On-Premises. We are equally comfortable with either deployment model and it’s our mission to provide all the information our customers need in order to make the best decisions for their businesses.


Let’s start with a basic definition of The Cloud. It is a data or application server that is not on your business premises. The location of the server or data center may or may not be important to you. Generally, with a reputable and leading Cloud provider such as Microsoft, the location is unimportant. The software users access the data and/or applications through the internet and/or a virtual private network (VPN), typically with a web browser or a Windows application like “Remote Desktop”. The benefits of being in The Cloud include, reduced cash outlays for server hardware and operating system software, greatly reduced server administation, unlimited server scalability and maximum server uptime.


The Microsoft Cloud:

While there are many companies offering Cloud servers, Microsoft is our preferred Cloud provider. They have developed an environment called “Azure”. Azure is a platform that is massive in scope, spanning some 26 different data centers all over the world. Yet, the smallest company and server needs can be met.


With Azure, we can easily provision a server and load common applications like Dynamics NAV (Navision), Microsoft SQL and Office 365. Server resources can be added at any time when computing requirements demand it. For smaller businesses, you only pay for what you use. If you are closed on weekends and don’t need access, you can turn off your servers to save money.


If you are concerned about security in the Cloud, as most people are, please be aware that Microsoft has made an industry-leading commitment to the protection and privacy of your data. They were the first cloud provider recognized by the European Union’s data protection authorities for their commitment to rigorous EU privacy laws. Microsoft was also the first major cloud provider to adopt the new international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018, and they also launched Azure Government, a stand-alone version of Azure designed to meet the rigorous compliance requirements of U.S. public agencies.

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