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New to the cloud?
Here’s what you need to know about AWS & Azure

If your business is in the process of migrating over to the cloud, or if this is something that’s being considered. You’re probably wondering how best to go about it is. Perhaps you’ve made a start in the process and are beginning to realise that it’s not quite as straightforward as you originally thought.

At igroup, we are here to make the whole experience as simple and pain-free as possible, and as a Microsoft Gold Azure partner and a certified AWS partner, we have built a range of different guides to help you through each step. No matter how you are working with the cloud, what stage you’re at or which provider you choose to use, our articles are designed to help you on your way to a well-managed solution that works exactly how you need it to.

There is a whole range of things that you may be adding to your mental ‘to-do’ list when it comes to your cloud migration. The first thing is probably exactly how to move your applications or software over. In this guide, we go through the most common issues that businesses face when completing a migration, such as spiralling costs and a lack of internal resource, as well as our advice on how to make the process as easy as possible. We also have a number of resources on our website to help you get the background you need on terminology and naming conventions for both platforms. 

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AWS and Azure term comparison 

There are a whole range of things that you may be adding to your mental ‘to-do’ list when it comes to your cloud migration. The first thing is probably exactly how to move your applications or software over. In this guide, we go through the most common issues that businesses face when completing a migration, such as spiralling costs and a lack of internal resources, as well as our advice on how to make the process as easy as possible.

We can also help to advise on which cloud provider to use with our straightforward comparison of AWS and Azure - everything you need to know about each service and which is likely to fit in best with what you’re looking for in a cloud solution. At igroup, we have worked extensively with both providers and are the experts when it comes to ensuring our clients receive the best possible deal.

The most important thing to us is to make sure that our clients are given all the tools and expert advice that they need to make the right decisions, save money and get the best quality service possible from their cloud solution. We have worked with businesses across a wide range of sectors and at all stages of their cloud migration journey on projects that range from reasonably straightforward to incredibly complex.

When many companies start out on their cloud journeys, they often think that it’s something that can be managed in-house with their existing IT teams. With some of the more complicated projects, this concept can quickly unravel, which is when they may turn to a company like igroup to tap into our knowledge and make sure that the process is being managed properly. We have developed our CloudOps Active Management Solution (CAMS) service to provide our clients with a fully managed and monitored cloud support solution, ensuring their cloud is performing to the best of its potential and is as cost-effective as possible.

We hope that you find the answer to all your questions in the articles below and the linked additional resources, however, if you have any questions at all, our friendly team are always happy to discuss your specific needs. Please get in touch today to find out more.

Our new to the cloud articles 

Each of these articles covers a different area you need to consider or find background on when moving to AWS or Azure. 

What are virtual machines?

What is a Virtual Machine (VM)?
A virtual machine is a software implementation of a physical computer – generally a replacement for an on-premise server

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New to the cloud – Microsoft Azure Regions & storage

Microsoft Azure has Data Centres all over the world, each group of Data Centres in a specific location is referred to as a Region.

Read the full article here


What are Data Centre Tiers?

What are Data Centre Tiers? With the Microsoft cloud, it's possible to secure a better SLA than with a traditional data centre. Find out more!

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Adopt the “AMG line” approach to your Azure architecture

How do you take an approach like AMG and tune the cloud for your needs. We can help you find out.

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Choosing Between AWS and Azure

How do you compare cloud providers? We look at familiarity, support, marketplace, SDK's and Cost...

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Why experience matters when delivering Azure solutions

1. Planning and architecting the right solution
2. Fault diagnosis and resolution
3. Improved efficiencies
4. Productivity
5. Updates
and more

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4 things to look for when selecting a cloud vendor

Reduce the risk to your business of migrating to the cloud. Read our guide to selecting a cloud vendor to support your transformation project.

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5 Things to Consider Before Signing Up to Microsoft Azure

A look at the top 5 things to consider and how to evaluate each one for your circumstances.

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Why Single Sign On Matters

As more of your business’ data is stored remotely, security and access are important. Single Sign On (SSO) has become critical to link apps together

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Designing Azure architecture with resilience in mind

Cloud infrastructure provides scale for hosting your data. Find out how igroup can help develop a resilient Azure Architecture for your business.

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Cloud maintenance – it’s a long game

Optimising cloud costs performance - yes, it's a thing! But how easy is it and more importantly, will using online tools give you a true price?

Read the full article here

 CAMS Core is the technology that plugs straight into AWS & Azure and improves performance and reduces costs.

Fully managed on your behalf by our dedicated team of cloud experts, plug and play with AWS & Azure.

Support & Advisory included for a complete cloud management solution.

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 CAMS Flex is an add-on to the CAMS core service that provides hosting in AWS and Azure at a discount with other enhancements.

Guarantees higher cost reductions by using algorithms to select the best performing environment at the time. Additional storage and data transfer allowances as standard.

Driven by CAMS Core to proactively manage and support your cloud.

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“We were very impressed with the proposal from igroup because, rather than just talk about the issues, they were able to give real examples of the security, cost and performance benefits installing CAMS onto our Azure infrastructure would give us.”

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