Azure is a cloud based service owned by Microsoft. It has transformed the office Infrastructure in the sense it has replaced the huge physical servers. It is pay as you need service so you don’t pay for anything you don’t require. Physical Servers take up a lot of space and there may be many things you might not need.
Convincing a company to use Azure services is a task especially if they have been using Physical servers through their life time. One of the ways to slowly push the Azure service would be-
i. Tell them to use Office 365. Office 365 is a proven and tested environment and it is cloud based. Hosts the online versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint and has other services as well like SharePoint, Microsoft Power Apps.
ii. Slowly start deploying a subset of the services on the cloud.
iii. Choose a hybrid option connectivity. There are basically of 3 types-
- Point to Point Connectivity- This is mainly for laptops. The user can be located anywhere in the world.
- Site to Site Connectivity- The client needs to buy a VPN Device for this option. And the VPN Device should support IKE (Internet Key Exchange) . Some of the VPN Devices are Cisco, Cotrix, f5, Juniper, Watch Guard and Windows Server 2012. If a client has a limited budget and cannot spend on a VPN Device, he could Install a RRAS (Routing and Remote Access Server) Server.
- Private Site to Site Connectivity- It uses ExpressRoute which is mainly used for connecting Azure Data Centers to the Office Infrastructure on premise. Compare to the other options, it offers high throughput and guaranteed performance.
This would be a good way to deploy an Azure solution to a client.