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Advantages of Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has been around for a while, but it still raises many questions and challenges for businesses and individuals. What are the benefits of cloud computing? How can cloud managed services enhance your IT infrastructure, software, and hardware? How can cloud computing revolutionise the way you work and increase your efficiency and productivity?

We will explore the different advantages of cloud computing or more specifically the microsoft azure cloud services and its benefits. 

Introduction To Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a way of using the internet to access and manage IT resources such as servers, software, and databases. Microsoft Azure is one of the leading cloud providers that offers a variety of cloud services and solutions for different needs and goals. Whether you want to build, deploy, or manage applications, store and analyse data, or enhance security and compliance, Azure has the tools and features to help you.

What type of Cloud Computing is Azure?

At its core, Microsoft Azure is a public cloud platform. With public cloud, all software, hardware, and infrastructure are owned and managed by the cloud provider. This is shared with other organisations (also known as cloud tenants) and each user accesses their services and manages their account through a web browser.

Microsoft Azure has over 200 applications and offers more than 1,000 technical capabilities. Instead of storing, managing, and processing data on your own computers or server, you can offload this to Azure.

Azure offers three main cloud service models to help businesses:

  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS): users rent or lease servers for computing and storage in the cloud and can run an operating system or applications without the maintenance and operating costs of those servers.
  • Platform as a service (PaaS): a platform for users to develop, run, and manage applications (such as databases or serverless code), without having to build and maintain the cloud infrastructure needed to do so.
  • Software as a service (SaaS): software that is completely available via a cloud service, such as Microsoft 365. Instead of installing and maintaining software, users only need to manage the configuration and data within.

Benefits of Microsoft Azure

The benefits of cloud computing with Azure are many!

Speed

Microsoft has developed some of the most fully automated solutions which can change in a moment as you need them. With data centres worldwide, users have the best chance of getting their data when they need it.

Unified delivery pipeline

Azure rolls out new updates with a view to creating as little disruption as possible to existing applications and services. Upgrading one cloud service will not interrupt another, so there is no wondering if things will ‘break’ with security patches, changing service levels or offerings.

User-friendly interface

Implementing new software or applications can be fraught for businesses, as they can be challenging to learn to use and operate. When companies are already invested in Microsoft infrastructure, Azure is an excellent choice as it is easily migrated and makes hybrid cloud computing a breeze.

Enhanced flexibility

Scalability is incredibly important in today’s rapidly evolving world of technology and business. Azure enables your business to access more storage, computing, or support with a simple click, upgrading to higher service levels as needed. A static data centre requires new hardware, as well as deployment and monitoring, all costly exercises – especially if the need for more resources is temporary. Azure allows you to reduce the higher-level services if they are no longer needed.

Storage and disaster recovery

Rather than having to make a capital expense for equipment and then paying for heating, power, and cooling, you can use Azure for your storage solutions. This way you only pay for what you need and remove redundancy costs. Cloud-based data storage is faster, has more storage space, and is less prone to disruption.

Security

Microsoft Azure’s security is one of their main talking points. They spend more than a billion dollars a year on research and development to make their cloud safe. The company advertises its multiple layers of security as a way for businesses to take advantage of remote data centres without risking confidential data. Azure has more compliance certifications than any other provider, and is an excellent choice for high-risk industries such as government and healthcare.

Azure Cloud Services List

Azure Cloud Services is a platform as a service (PaaS) technology that allows you to create and deploy scalable, reliable, and inexpensive cloud applications and APIs. There are many cloud services available in Azure, depending on your needs and goals. Here are some of the main categories and examples of Azure cloud services:

  • AI + machine learning: These services enable you to add artificial intelligence capabilities to your applications, such as natural language processing, computer vision, speech recognition, anomaly detection, and more.
  • Analytics: These services help you gather, store, process, analyse, and visualise data of any variety, volume, or velocity. 
  • Compute: These services provide you with various options for hosting and running your applications, such as virtual machines, containers, serverless functions, web apps, and more. 
  • Databases: These services offer you reliable and scalable data storage solutions, such as relational databases, NoSQL databases, data warehouses, and more.
  • Development: These services help you design, build, test, and deploy your applications, using tools and frameworks that suit your needs. 
  • Identity and security: These services help you protect your applications, data, and users from cyber threats, and ensure compliance with regulations and policies. 
  • IoT: These services enable you to connect, monitor, and manage your devices and sensors, and analyse the data they generate. 
  • Management and governance: These services help you manage and optimize your cloud resources, and automate tasks and workflows.
  • Migration: These services help you migrate your existing applications, data, and infrastructure to Azure, with minimal downtime and risk. 
  • Networking: These services provide you with connectivity and delivery options for your applications, such as virtual networks, load balancers, VPN gateways, content delivery networks, and more. 
  • Storage: These services offer you durable, secure, and scalable cloud storage solutions, such as blobs, files, disks, queues, and more. 

What are the Costs of Microsoft Azure?

The costs of Microsoft Azure depend on the type and amount of cloud services and resources you use. In the past purchase, deployment and maintenance of hardware and software on-premises is always a huge capital investment. It can be hard to justify the expenditure on upgrades and training of staff, especially as technology changes so quickly. With Azure, this is no longer an issue. With different service levels and costs attached, your business pays for what it needs and no more. There is no need to worry about the extra costs of upgrades and replacing legacy hardware, or operational disruption as technology fails.

If your business is looking to transform the way you work by moving to the cloud, speak to the Azure specialists at Intelliworx. We are a certified Microsoft Solutions Partner and have extensive experience helping businesses to migrate to the cloud.

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