As more and more businesses are turning away from their on-premise data centers, they’re choosing Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, as their cloud vendor. Using Azure, companies are able to build, scale, or store their business applications.
To understand how Azure can benefit your business, it’s important to understand what it is and how it’s used, all of which we’ll discuss below. You’ll also learn how JourneyTEAM can help you migrate from your outdated data center to the versatility and flexibility of the cloud.
The Definition of Cloud Computing
Understanding the basics of cloud computing provides a better understanding of what Azure is and how it works. The simplest definition of cloud computing is the delivery of various services through the internet such as data storage, databases, servers, applications, networking, and software. With cloud computing, you have access to these tools and resources directly through the web rather than on a hard drive or on-premise device. This essentially allows you to access business tools, software, and applications from anywhere with a reliable internet connection. Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive are examples of cloud computing.
The Basics of Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud platform. Within this platform, you can build and deploy applications and services using the tools and resources within the platform. You can pick and choose which tools you’d like to use to scale new applications or run existing ones within the cloud. Azure features a large database and directory of services available to users. This includes file storage, database, virtual machines, services for web and mobile apps, and backups.
Azure provides three different levels of cloud computing:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): This is an instant computing infrastructure that runs directly on the cloud rather than on a traditional on-premise data center. With IaaS, users can run operating systems and applications on the systems with little maintenance and low operating costs.
- Platform as a Service (PaaS): This service is a total development and deployment environment that features resources to help you build and deploy anything from simple cloud-based applications to sophisticated programs. You’re able to pick and choose which resources you need from the cloud provider and only pay for what you need.
- Software as a Service (SaaS): This is a complete software service that allows users to connect to use and cloud-based apps on the internet. Microsoft 365 is an example of SaaS.
The Pizza as a Service Example
To explain how cloud computing works in comparison with on-premise data centers, Albert Barron created the Pizza as a Service example:
- Made at home: When you make a pizza at home, you have to assemble the entire pizza. From gathering the ingredients and preparing it, to baking it. On-premise computing is similar to this. Your team is responsible for your entire infrastructure from the networking stack to the data center and everything in between.
- Take and bake: When you order a pizza from Papa Murphy’s, you can choose from their list of ingredients which they’ll assemble, but you’re responsible for baking it and providing a place for it to be eaten. IaaS is similar to this method. Managing the operating system is your responsibility while the cloud vendor manages services like networking and virtualization.
- Pizza delivered: When you order a pizza, the only thing you’re responsible for is providing a place for it to be eaten. With PaaS, your IT team is responsible for managing your business data and applications while the cloud provides you with numerous networking services and tools.
- Eating out: When you go out to eat and order a pizza, everything is delivered right to you. SaaS is similar to eating out. The whole technology stack is provided to you via the cloud vendor.
How Azure is Used
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that is fast, flexible, and affordable. This makes it one of the most popular platforms on the market. Because of its agility, there are a number of ways to put the solution to work in your organization. This includes:
- Replacing or segmenting your on-premise service
- Virtual computing
- Build and scale mobile and web applications
- SQL databases
- Enhance and implement disaster recovery and backup
- Innovate with IoT solutions
As new technology emerges, Microsoft will continue to add more services, tools, and resources to Azure to help you do even more in the cloud.
The Benefits of Microsoft Azure
According to one statistic, about 90% of Fortune 500 companies are using Azure to run their business. The success companies have seen from using the tools and resources available in Azure are just some of the reasons organizations have chosen the solution for their business. Additional benefits of using Azure include:
- Leading IaaS and PaaS capabilities: The IaaS services available within Azure allow organizations to outsource their entire infrastructure on the cloud while PaaS enables them to build and deploy applications without buying and maintaining the underlying groundwork. Each of these services are helping organizations accelerate their growth.
- Scalability: When an app is created, it can easily scale from just a few users to millions without additional coding.
- Hybrid capabilities: If you’re still using some of the services on your on-prem server, Azure creates a reliable platform between both servers. Few solutions provide the range of hybrid capabilities, which includes content delivery networks, VPNs, and ExpressRoute connections.
- Cost efficiency: Microsoft Azure is a pay-as-you-go platform. You only pay for the services and tools you need, which cuts down on IT administration costs.
- Security offerings: Azure was designed on the leading security process system Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). With this platform, data is safeguarded, secure, and protected. Plus, Azure is the first solution to use ISO 27018, which is the new standard for cloud security.
Work with an Award-Winning Microsoft Gold Partner as you Migrate to the Cloud
No matter your reason for adopting Microsoft Azure, JourneyTEAM can help you integrate the solution with ease. Our team of professionals can help you navigate these services and put them to work for you. Contact us today to get started with Azure.
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