Maximizing Efficiency and Security: The Advantages of Transitioning to a Cloud-Native Model for Windows Management

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The blog post from Microsoft 365 details the benefits of transitioning to a cloud-native model for Windows management, highlighting the experiences of customers who have successfully adopted this approach. The post emphasizes the increased security, cost savings, and efficiency that come with cloud-native models.

Embracing the Cloud-Native Approach with Microsoft Intune

Since the inception of Microsoft Intune in 2010, the journey towards simplified Windows management has been a constant evolution. The shift from on-premises infrastructure to the cloud has been gradual, but a cloud-native model is now becoming increasingly prominent.

What’s New: A Pure Cloud Model

Microsoft Intune has been instrumental in managing tens of millions of endpoints exclusively in the cloud. The growing evidence of successful adoption of pure cloud approaches by customers indicates that now is the time to move towards this pure, native cloud management approach for Windows.

Defining Cloud-Native

Being cloud-native in this context means using pure cloud-based user identity, managing devices exclusively in the cloud, using Windows Autopilot or zero-touch deployment for all Windows devices, and applying in-depth security solutions at scale through cloud-integrated solutions.

Major Updates: Customer Success Stories

Several customer success stories from a variety of industries demonstrate the benefits of adopting a cloud-native approach. One such story is that of telecom equipment giant Ericsson.

“We’ve gained control, security, and efficiency all while allowing us to remove costly on-premises infrastructure. This transformation has led to substantial cost reduction and streamlined operations.” – Nickolaj Andersen, Senior Architect End User Computing at Ericsson

Security and Cost Savings

Ericsson’s transition to a purely cloud model highlights both technical and financial benefits. The company cites cost savings as a key advantage of managing their user computing estate purely in the cloud.

What’s Important: Business Case for Cloud-Native

Aside from reducing overhead costs associated with on-premises hardware, pure cloud endpoint management also lowers the risk of a security breach and the costs associated with it. This is achieved by delivering patches and policies in a timelier manner to employee devices, thus reducing the length of time a device may be vulnerable.

Embracing a cloud-native approach with Microsoft Intune not only enhances control, security, and efficiency but also leads to significant cost savings and streamlined operations.

  • Cloud-native models use pure cloud-based user identity.
  • Devices in cloud-native models are managed exclusively in the cloud, receiving apps and configurations dynamically.
  • Windows Autopilot or zero-touch deployment is used for all Windows devices in a cloud-native setup.
  • In-depth security solutions are applied at scale through cloud-integrated solutions in cloud-native models.
  • Ericsson, a telecom giant, has experienced increased control, security, and efficiency, along with substantial cost reduction by transitioning to a purely cloud model.
  • From the Microsoft 365 Blog