Cloud Computing is more than just the latest buzzword. It is a whole new way of doing business, so Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s ever-growing cloud computing platform that is open, flexible, and enterprise-grade to meet any of your business challenges.
Estimated to be the second-largest IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (Platform as a service) provider worldwide, Microsoft Azure has the additional advantage of being fully integrated with all Microsoft products. For those with an existing Microsoft infrastructure, Azure perfectly complements your existing software and applications.
Azure is the preferred solution for businesses looking to grow and stay ahead of the competition. While there are numerous advantages for this cloud computing environment, here are the 6 benefits of Microsoft Azure.
1. Availability of Microsoft Azure
Nothing makes a seasoned network engineer shudder more than a single point of failure. However, creating redundancy is time consuming, complicated, and expensive. Building a highly available data center requires redundant network links, redundant powers supplies, and redundant hardware. Then, you must do it all again in another location to ensure the data center itself is redundant.
2. Microsoft Azure is perfect for small businesses and established enterprises
Azure is designed for every business regardless of size- from the local bakery to multi-national corporations. It’s easily scalable to meet your IT demands and operates on a pay-as-you-go pricing model to meet any budget. Since businesses can launch and store internal and external applications in the cloud, it also saves on in-house IT costs, including hardware and maintenance.
3. Complements and expands your current IT infrastructure
Azure allows your IT personnel to focus on your business without having to worry about in-house capabilities or maintaining equipment. The platform makes it fast and easy to deploy your current apps with little to no downtime. An integrated development environment reduces the learning curve, allowing teams to master the platform quickly. Additionally, the platform has a footprint in more countries than Google or Amazon, providing faster content delivery. Azure is scalable to grow with your company, and you pay for only what you need.
4. Microsoft Azure IaaS and PaaS
At the forefront of IaaS and PaaS, Azure offers rapid deployments. The hybrid cloud environment allows companies to select whether they operate autonomously or utilize a public cloud. You are also able to decide the level at which you are connected to the internet, if at all. Meet all your IT and service needs without having to maintain the underlying infrastructure.
5. Security, compliance, backup and disaster recovery of Microsoft Azure
Microsoft understands the importance of security and has designed Azure to stay ahead of the competition when it comes to protecting your data. Azure has many compliance certifications and is a top choice of high-risk industries such as health care and government to provide cloud services. Both the platform and end users are protected. Additional services such as multi-factor authentication and sophisticated disaster recovery abilities that can restore data in a matter of hours further address business needs.
6. Industry-specific applications
Due to the high-risk and sensitive nature of certain industries, Azure has designed specific applications to address unique needs. Government, health care, manufacturing, and financial services benefit greatly from Azure’s many features, including offline cloud services, individualized security needs, simplified compliance, and modernized customer apps.
How can ITAF help you?
ITAF support for Microsoft Azure helps you set up an environment in the right way, provide your organization with 24/7 operational management and / or increase business security by performing server and security patching.
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