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Keep your business competitive. Infrastructure matters.

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Keep your business competitive with Microsoft's cloud platform.

The power of the cloud brings opportunities and challenges to the company. To take on the challenges of big data and mobility, you need the right platform. You need a platform that supports the technology that each department, each function needs to stay productive and help your business compete. You need a platform that can help you meet the wave of demands for new applications, new services and additional capacity that must be handled at this time.

IT can be a strategic asset for the business today. With the right infrastructure, IT can be a competitive advantage and a catalyst for innovation. Your data center is at the center of everything. The data center is the center of everything the business offers, the basis for each service it offers. If you are going to keep up with the demand, your infrastructure can not be limited by the restrictions of the past. You have to be able to take everything you know and own today and move forward with an optimized infrastructure that is able to handle changing needs and unexpected opportunities. And the cloud must be part of your toolkit, allowing you to expand quickly and scale down, keeping costs down.

The big question is: what does the cloud mean for your data center?

In the cloud age, how does your IT strategy change? The massive scale allowed by the cloud is changing how we think about the infrastructure. Standardization, automation and resilience are the central features of a cloud platform that can help keep your business competitive. The attributes of the cloud must be part of how to reconsider your infrastructure. In the data center, you can reduce cost and complexity with software-defined approaches and new computing, storage and networking capabilities. You can offer services to the company more quickly by taking advantage of simplified management and supervision through the clouds. And you can extend your data center to the unlimited capacity offered by the cloud, even while complying with security and compliance requirements. Take advantage of innovation in the data center and in the cloud.

Build a software-defined database

Virtualization is the first step in the construction of the data center defined by the software. With enterprise-class capabilities and innovations built into Windows Server Hyper-V, you can begin to unify your existing resources for maximum flexibility. As you rethink your infrastructure, the power of the software allows you to create a standardized and unified platform that can be managed as a whole. Now you can balance the diverse demands of the business, moving resources to the places where you need them most.

But virtualization is just a starting point to rethink the data center. The commercialization of physical servers for virtualized instances does not allow you to take full advantage of the new business infrastructure options. Learning from the scale of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft brings you new approaches to increase resilience by replacing highly customized implementations with a standardized, software-defined platform.

One of the most feasible options for simplifying the data center is software-defined storage. You can change the way you approach storage in the physical data center to take advantage of intelligent hybrid models. Microsoft helps you use commodity hardware in a flexible, low-cost configuration that integrates with your existing resources. In addition, you can increase agility by potentially reducing costs by using integrated storage levels, automatically moving frequently accessed files for faster access.

Nothing is more important for a hybrid cloud than the correct connections. Microsoft offers the flexibility to move applications through clouds without network changes. Microsoft's approach to software-defined networks allows you to optimize what you have, instead of redesigning the entire network architecture. Multi-tenancy and connections through the cloud are incorporated into the platform. Reduce complexity and cost with the data center defined by software.

Automate and secure your infrastructure

Administration and automation can help create an infrastructure that allows you to offer services and workloads with new levels of efficiency and productivity. With Microsoft System Center you can deliver applications faster, respond to the growing demands of those applications and receive alerts of potential problems before they become serious. By simplifying administration and taking advantage of automation, you can minimize errors and reduce the impact of problems, allowing you to maintain higher service levels.

Microsoft offers a unified administration, which allows you to provide, implement, monitor and manage through the clouds. This unified set of tools includes the provisioning of infrastructure and applications. Once resources are deployed, Microsoft's management tools allow you to monitor performance and respond to problems without having to constantly see a console. You can also manage the infrastructure as well as individual applications or services using a single tool

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