Microsoft Azure is a set of cloud computing services that will help your organisation meet your business challenges by giving you the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications through a massive, global network.

Azure provides software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) models.

According to Microsoft:

"Azure is the only consistent hybrid cloud, has more regions than any cloud provider, delivers unparalleled developer productivity, and offers more comprehensive compliance coverage – including meeting the requirements of the GDPR."

Azure PaaS + Sitecore

A recent Forrester Consulting study “The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Azure Platform-as-a-Service”, commissioned by Microsoft, showed significant cost savings and business benefits for customers who moved their applications from an on-premises IaaS model to Azure PaaS.

These included:

  • An 80% reduction in IT administration time required to manage apps deployed on the platform.
  • A 25-hour average reduction in development and testing time to develop or update Azure PaaS applications.
  • A 50% reduction in time required to help deploy a new application solution.

Azure PaaS allows you to deliver cost-effective installations and deployments. Where previously multiple servers, with multiple resource and licence costs, would have been required to get the scalability needed, you can now make use of web apps and deployment slots to achieve the same thing without the additional overheads.

The latest versions of Sitecore have been developed specifically to take advantage of the most efficient services in Microsoft Azure.

However, in order to migrate and make full use of the power of Microsoft Azure PaaS, you will need to upgrade to Sitecore version 8.2 Update 1 or newer. We can advise on a Sitecore upgrade and which version would be best suited to your need.

Sitecore Azure gives you speed and agility

In Forrester Consulting’s “The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Azure Platform-as-a-Service” report:

"Azure PaaS improved application delivery time to market by 50%, leading to $376,441 in increased profit in the first year and an overall 466% return on investment."

Sitecore on Azure gives you power and speed, so that your teams can instantly deploy websites and digital marketing campaigns in minutes, not weeks – and you can reach your customers faster, with more relevance.

Sitecore Azure gives you scale

With Sitecore on Azure, you can ensure your websites automatically scale to meet demand or unexpected popularity – such as at sales times or periods of widespread press coverage.

Conversely, you can of course scale back resources to a minimum in quieter times.

Sitecore Azure saves you money

As mentioned above, you can automatically scale Sitecore Azure PaaS consumption up and down as required – ensuring that you only pay for the level of use you require.

Azure also put to bed any worries about significant up-front hardware investment, system failures and power outages, and concerns around operating system updates, database updates, and software licenses – thereby reducing the need for active IT support.

Want to talk Sitecore Azure?

Combining the power of Sitecore with Microsoft Azure will help your organisation to deliver highly-optimised, personalised experiences for your customers that means a better customer experience and improved marketing results, faster time to market, and reduced IT costs.

If you’re thinking about Sitecore as a website platform and you’d like to know more about it, or if you already have a Sitecore website and you’d like to know more about a Sitecore upgrade or migrating to Microsoft Azure PaaS, then get in touch.

We’d love to hear from you.