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Why Software providers re-platform to Azure

You may already be aware that there’s a popular shortcut to your success as a software vendor – re-platforming to Azure – which will make it easy for you to scale your software solution to fit the demand of your clients anywhere in the world. Sound interesting? Let’s dive in!

Whether you are hosting your solution in-house or at a local hosting provider, you probably find it hard to adjust to the needs of your market. Your geographical reach is limited, the security might be challenged, and it takes too long to spin up a new machine – virtual or physical.

Many Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have moved their hosting to Microsoft Azure and reaped considerable benefits from it. You too can make the move. It will let you scale to a global business over night and get the security, scalability, resilience and branding to match your ambitions.

The best part? When you make the move through us, you get all our expert advice and guidance during and after your move to Azure at no extra cost (more on that below).

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Making the switch – re-platforming to Azure – might seem like a lot of work and a big expense. The easiest thing is to stay where you are. But then you’ll probably never get where you are planning to go. Luckily we can make it very easy for you to re-platform to Azure.

Only pay for what you use with no tie in

As a SaaS vendor you pay for what you use on Azure by the minute with no contractual commitment. You can easily spin up extra Web Apps, Databases or Virtual Machines, add a wide range of specialised services and scale back at a moments notice.

On top of this you always know the cost in advance, so you don’t run the risk of scaling to a point you can’t afford. You simply pay for your consumption each month and get a breakdown of the customers related with each service, so you can easily add the cost to the relevant client’s bill.

Re-platform to Azure for superior resilience and security

You can design your cloud solution to fit your needs as a Software as a Service vendor in Azure. However the superior resilience that Azure offers has three copies of all data by default. The cloud network is self healing and designed to swiftly move data in the case of natural disasters and other huge events that even Microsoft can’t prevent. With the recent addition of Azure Bastion, cloud computing is safer than ever before.

This level of resilience has helped ease the stress of a lot of SaaS company founders and teams. When all your data is no longer backed up in the same server room or even in the same country, you know that it will always be available to you and your clients no matter what.

Microsoft Azure is especially great hosting for software vendors, as it takes full responsibility for your protection against outside attacks and proper encryption. So you can rest Azure’d that your data and business is in safe hands.

Get a stronger SaaS brand with Azure

Azure is well known globally and runs data centres in 54 regions covering 140 countries. This impressive network of facilities doesn’t just give you the best security and performance on the market. It also helps your brand stand out as serious and globally available. None of your prospects or customers will question where you are hosting their solution, in fact many of our ISV customers explicitly make Azure part of their value proposition.

Azure also lets you add your web application to the Azure Marketplace, AppSource or Ingram Market Place. Azure Marketplace is for technical building blocks like applications in storage, databases and Blockchain. AppSource is for Line of Business and productivity apps like Slack and Zoom. Ingram Market Place has a vast partner channel, that you can sell through and find new routes to market.

Talk to an Azure technical consultant

If you are considering the move from your current cloud host to Azure, then please don’t hesitate to reach out. At Compete 366 we know most solutions on the market and how Azure solutions correspond and outperform them in security, scalability and global availability.

When Software as a Service provider Tigerbay Software reached out to us, they were surprised to get in touch with an expert right away in stead of a salesperson. They have their own team of development experts, but needed help to re-platform to Azure. We wasted no time in getting down to the core of their needs and how we could help them.

The move to Azure gave Tigerbay Software better response time to client demands and improved scalability among other things. Read the full story about their travel booking Software as a Service.

Would you like our advice on how to re-platform to Azure at the same cost as making the move yourself?

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Cloud architecture that helps your SaaS company grow

Azure has a huge range of technology and service options to help your business innovate and grow. From Virtual Machines and other IaaS to PaaS Services like Database as a Service for SQL, MySQL, Cosmos and so much more. 

Azure also offers a range of functions and container orchestration services like Azure Kubernetes making it easy for you to start out with the cloud architecture you need right now and evolve over time to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of Azure.

Expert advice on hosting for Software vendors

At Compete 366 we have well over 70 customers on Azure. As of this writing 15 of them are ISVs. We’ve specialised in the Microsoft Cloud with Gold competencies in both Azure and Office 365. 

This makes us an obvious choice for your move to the cloud – whether it’s Azure or Office 365. And just like with Microsoft Cloud Services in general, you are never bound by a contractual commitment, so you can leave us at any time if we don’t live up to your expectations.

We’ve put together an eBook to help you get a complete overview of the benefits of re-platforming to Azure. Download our eBook on optimising your use of Azure.

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