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Just as you start to understand what a cloud is, a new set of technologies arrives with endless possibilities for your business… but where to start.


The future of computing: intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

“Intelligent Cloud” is a good example. Most of us are using cloud services as part of our everyday operations and the advantages of accessing up to date documents and files regardless of device or location have significantly unglued your agility and responsiveness. But, all too often, this “simple” cloud approach does not make for an easy fit when integrating a wider suite of software and hardware solutions. SaaS (Software as a service) is a prime example of how shared data responsibilities can have a radical effect on how you plan for the smoothest cloud services. Intelligent Cloud enables you to operate with a diffuse amount of data across a range of storage locations, allowing the intelligent software to make sense of it all and draw down the right information in “real-time”.

Likewise, “Intelligent Edge” is a term we use to explain how data is created and interpreted where different clouds of data meet. Essentially this approach allows you to combine data set “A” with data set “B” to create data set “C” at the point of interrogating your cloud information. There is no need to draw down set “A” and “B” into your own environment if the analysis can be conducted within the data transaction. This is particularly useful for businesses who have a detailed set of their own data which needs to interact with 3rd party data such as stock control systems.

This trend has more promise than just bringing additional convenience, productivity and connections to our everyday working lives. Smart sensors and devices are breathing new life into industrial equipment from factories to farms, helping us navigate and plan for more sustainable urban cities and bringing the power of the cloud to some of the world’s most remote destinations.

We call this next wave of computing the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud. When we take the power of the cloud down to the device – the edge – we provide the ability to respond, reason and act in real time and in areas with limited or no connectivity. It’s still early days, but how can these new capabilities be applied towards critical business challenges?

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Watch this video to understand the intelligent edge. Did we mention there are moon-walkers, old-school overhead projectors and a time-travelling hologram of Microsoft’s CTO?

What is the cloud? Watch an introduction to cloud computing with Microsoft Azure.


Watch this video to gain a general understanding of how the Microsoft Azure cloud platform works and what's happening technology-wise behind the scenes.


What's coming next and how CAN YOU help your business to prepare?

One thing to note about the cloud in 2019 is that the market isn't zero sum. Cloud computing is driving IT spending overall. For instance, Gartner predicts that 2019 global IT spending will increase 3.2 % with as-a-service models fuelling everything from data centre spending to enterprise software.

Microsoft positions Azure as the cloud platform of choice by a, rapidly increasing, number of organisations. Of course, part of that future is already here, including developments in Big Data, AI, machine learning, IoT and edge computing. We live in a connected world that is rapidly becoming smarter. The digital transformation is already well under way and Azure is already one of the biggest cloud platforms. Not everything is moving to the cloud, but a lot is. So much in fact that the business opportunities are huge. Azure is growing fast, Microsoft will continue to push its partners through development, investments and incentives to increase Azure usage. The future of Azure is here, how will you benefit from it?


Why Zerto and Microsoft Azure?

Combining the Zerto IT Resilience Platform and Microsoft Azure helps businesses achieve IT resilience, by simplifying data protection and disaster recovery and enabling fast and flexible workload migration to and from Azure and between Azure regions, accelerating cloud adoption. Microsoft Azure can also be used as a disaster recovery site, eliminating the capital costs associated with owning and operating your data centre.

By utilising Zerto and Microsoft Azure, the need to provision and manage your own disaster recovery site is removed altogether. Join us and find out how your businesses can achieve significant cost savings while gaining limitless capacity and scalability on-demand.


Chris Mullins, Surestep Business Development Manager for Azure, UK

Chris is a highly motivated Business Development Manager who is currently focused on driving partner enablement in Microsoft Azure. Chris has worked in the Channel for 9 years across a multiple technologies – hardware & software. Working alongside Vuzion and SICL, Chris helps highlight the forever growing opportunity that cloud computing presents and how the Azure platform can support them on the journey to the cloud.


Luke Cater, Systems Engineer and Cloud Architect at Zerto

Luke is a Systems Engineer and Cloud Architect at Zerto, where he is responsible for advising enterprise customers and cloud providers on their IT resilience strategies. He represents the views and needs of his customers within Zerto and ensures that their challenges are met with innovative new solutions that can help bring resiliency to modern businesses, alongside updated cloud and backup strategies for the current data management landscape.


About Dean Clough 

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