​​ Do more, spend less with Microsoft Azure.

Grow your business, not your budget, with flexible cloud solutions that save you money

With the fast pace of innovation constantly accelerating, it’s becoming increasingly expensive to keep investing in the latest and greatest IT solutions. At the same time, relying on older solutions while your competitors invest in new ones gives them a leg up on you to anticipate, manage, and respond more quickly to change.

By turning to Microsoft Azure and the cloud, you can keep your competitive edge without expanding your budget. Azure helps you bring products and services to market quickly. You can instantly scale globally, with everything needed to support worldwide business growth. You can run your operations more cost-effectively, paying only for what you use as opposed to for what you don’t. You can also free up your budget to spend on other business needs by eliminating the cost of new hardware. And you can gain enterprise-level security with the same data protection and datacentre security that many of the world’s largest organizations receive today.

Break boundaries without breaking your bank

You want to focus on running your business, not your infrastructure and the bottom line. With Microsoft  Azure, you can build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud without worrying about the cost of purchasing new server hardware. You can easily scale up or scale down as needed and gain peace of mind knowing that you have the added protection of multiple data backups in Microsoft-managed datacentres.

Don’t let your business miss a beat

Many businesses lose critical data because they don’t have a data backup solution. Azure offers simple, reliable backup for your data and applications that’s affordable because you pay only for the storage you use. There are no typical infrastructure costs or per-server or data transfer fees. Plus your applications receive the same level of protection that Microsoft enterprise customers, including many of the world’s largest financial institutions, receive.

Boost your customer experience

Any business can host its own website, but is the risk of poor performance, security breaches, and skyrocketing costs worth the price? With Azure, you can quickly and easily host scalable websites in the cloud. Microsoft uses multiple datacentres around the world, helping provide you and your customers with a reliable, satisfying, and secure experience that enables you to deploy your applications close to your customers.

 


Fuse Solutions for Azure

Fuse have been pioneering the use of Azure with our customers and Microsoft for a long time. We have a great deal of experience in hosting large-scale, public-facing SharePoint farms in Azure, utilising hybrid networking to connect those farms to on-premise Active Directory infrastructures via the Azure site-to-site VPN service.

Our development work with Azure includes extending the multi-factor authentication (MFA) cloud service to provide integrated application security for a highly-sensitive public-facing website we developed on SharePoint 2013. This SharePoint farm too is hosted on Azure IAAS.

Using our System Center expertise, we can connect private and public clouds together - enabling solutions such as datacenter replication, cloud backup, and SQL replication, to be accomplished using familiar tools.

We've also carried out integration work between Office 365, Azure Active Directory, On-Premise Active Directory and 3rd Party applications (in the cloud and on-premise) to provide secure single-sign on experiences for users consuming all these services.


Fuse Azure Packages

To help you get started with Azure, we've put together some sample packages which we can configure to meet your requirements.

Hybrid Cloud Starter Pack - from £205 per month

The hybrid cloud starter pack enables companies with existing IT server infrastructure, to extend that infrastructure into the Azure cloud. This allows the infrastructure to grow, opens up new services such as remote working, and is ideal for linking multiple locations securely. It also provides a level of redundancy for your disaster recovery planning.

VPN site to site multi site
Package Includes:
  • Azure site-to-site VPN gateway
  • Azure virtual network
  • 2x Virtual Server - for Active Directory/DNS roles
  • Setup and integration ​with your compatible VPN device and internal network

Cold Storage Archiving - from £15 per month (based on 1 Terabyte of files)

Aimed at companies requiring long-term storage of data in any format, cold storage is an ideal way to free up expensive on-site storage, reducing IT costs whilst still ensuring your data is secure and meets compliance requirements. All files are stored in at least two geographically separate regions, and can be encrypted before being uploaded.

Azure backup process
Package Includes:
  • Setup of Azure storage account
  • Integration with any existing Azure services
  • Assistance with migration of files (upload or physical disk migration)
  • File encryption and key management

Off-Site Server/Database backup - from £15 per month, per server

A more secure and cost affective alternative to on site tape/disk based backup, using Azure we can backup Windows servers and application data to the cloud using a simple backup agent. The backed-up data is held in six locations across two datacentres, and all data is encrypted with keys you provide before the data leaves your network. You can specify up to three backups a day, with retention periods as long as 99 years. Fuse can also integrate Azure backup with supported versions of SQL server, to backup databases directly to the Azure cloud, avoiding expensive database backup software.

Azure VM backup
Package Includes:
  • Setup of Azure recovery account
  • Integration with any existing Azure services
  • Setup of server backup application
  • File encryption and key management

For more complex disaster recovery scenarios, this package allows businesses to quickly bring up a replica of a virtual server, or even their entire IT infrastructure within Azure, in case of a server or datacentre failure. Virtual machine recovery is a cost effective alternative to maintaining redundant servers and failover datacentres, and the entire process of recovery can be orchestrated for automatic recovery. This service is for any private cloud, and any server OS, not just Hyper-V and Windows - VMWare and Linux can be protected too. The service can also be used to orchestrate automated failover between two existing environments, should you wish to use your own resources.

Azure Site Recovery
Package Includes:
  • Consultancy to configure your private cloud/datacentre for site recovery

Why Microsoft?

Only Microsoft uniquely offers a flexible platform that lets you choose the path that’s best for your business, whether that’s on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid combination. Working seamlessly with other Microsoft software and services such as Windows Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint, Azure helps make the cloud a seamless part of your IT in a way that’s best for your company’s specific needs.