Digital transformation is one of the top concerns for savvy companies, and Azure from Microsoft is a leading solution for cloud-based architecture. Azure gives its users the ability to build, deploy and manage apps in a global fashion using intuitive, accessible frameworks.
Azure works as a Platform as a service (Paas) to add cloud capabilities to your network, or as an Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to outsource all of your networking and computing needs. The platform also continuously expands its services and products to ensure that users always have the latest cloud-based capabilities.
So what exactly can Azure do for your business? Let’s take a look at some of its most longstanding and popular services.
Users can create Linux or Microsoft based virtual machines very quickly based on marketplace or customized templates. These virtual machines may then play host to a users’ services and apps just as if they were in an in-house data center.
Azure gives users the ability to create and deploy applications with industry standard compatibility on all major Internet and smartphone platforms. Azure WebApps give users accessible production management capabilities with the ability to scale quickly. No longer do non-IT companies need to know how to code APIs in order to use them for cloud services such as Salesforce and Office 365.
Microsoft has a robust, global infrastructure that gives users access to safe data storage anywhere around the world. Even data that is not accessed frequently can be drawn up relatively inexpensively, and scaling is also available no matter how large a company becomes.
Visual Studio team services offer developers an end to end application lifecycle management solution in the cloud. Developers can deliver apps to production, track all changes in code and perform load testing from anywhere in the world.
Users can access an unlimited number of SQL relational databases, saving money on professionals and the hardware that it would take to create them in house.
Active Directory Domain Services
Azure built its directory domain services on the same technology as Windows, ensuring that anyone worried about its viability wouldn’t have to worry much. The Azure Active Directory Domain service allows for remote management of authentication and group policy along with other directory services. No longer does a company need to outsource this to multiple places – users can save money and time consolidating the entire process into one centralized infrastructure.
But why use Azure when its competition may provide these services as well?
Microsoft Azure allows users to dictate the services and size of services on the fly, which is beyond the capabilities of the traditional static data center. Those centers require companies to purchase new hardware, operating systems and additional provisioning.
Azure has a la carte services such as Visual Studio Application Insights, Visual Studio Team Services and other scalable services for data storage.
Azure has a high speed infrastructure that is geographically decentralized, which gives users a great deal of options for disaster recovery. The platform also helps to guarantee continuous service even when the worst occurs.
Although the Azure stack adds a great deal of functionality to an infrastructure almost immediately, the cost of that overall infrastructure should fall, not rise. Most notably, companies don’t need to purchase all of the old hardware and the infrastructure needed to run a business with Azure.