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What is Microsoft Azure?

Posted by Sophie Ashwood | 28-Aug-2019 11:33:53

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service that provides Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) through a global network.

It’s an open, secure and flexible cloud platform that allows businesses of any size to quickly build, deploy and manage solutions, which are then hosted on Microsoft’s global network of datacentres.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a platform that provides access to computing resources over the internet. Cloud providers own large datacentres with hundreds of servers, storage systems and components that are critical for organisations to work. 

Cloud platforms, such as Azure, are designed to help you save space and money in your business – they’re more secure, reliable and flexible than on-premise servers.

They eliminate the expense of setting up and running on-site datacentres, employing staff, expanding offices and maintaining computer hardware. They allow businesses to use the computer resources they need in real time to match the needs of their business, which is why they’re ideal for SMEs.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services – analytics, computing, database, disaster recovery, mobile, networking, storage, web and more – that offers integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services to make it easier for developers and IT professionals to build and manage enterprise, mobile, web and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using the skills they already have.

The real benefit of Microsoft Azure is gained by your business. It helps reduce infrastructure costs, IT resources, and by providing scalability, Azure offers SMEs the flexibility, agility and enterprise-grade IT capabilities that would normally be out of reach for small to medium businesses.

What can Azure do for you?

Microsoft Azure brings a ‘stamp of credibility’ to many SMEs, who are often competing against much larger enterprises for business.

Using Azure as a cloud-based solution can save capital expenditure and operational expenditure by removing the need for infrastructure investments – a significant benefit for SMEs with limited budgets. It can also reduce space, power and electricity costs for maintaining racks of servers.

Security
Azure’s approach to security, compliance and privacy is unique in comparison to other cloud providers. Azure features a highly-secure cloud foundation that takes advantage of multi-layered security provided by Microsoft.

Pay-Per-Use
You can control your usage and only pay for what you use, which provides you with convenience and cost-control that’s not always possible with on-site infrastructures. So, if you need to increase your storage, or decrease your RAM, Microsoft Azure works with your business and grows with you.

Cost Effective
A hosted Azure solution can help reduce the cost of hiring highly skilled, but expensive, IT professionals, as it can automate many of the basic processes required to build a software solution or app.

Automation
Mundane tasks such as storage backup, updating server firmware, maintaining Operating Systems and security patches are removed, further reducing the human resources required for IT – on the other hand, having a hosted cloud solution can free up existing IT professionals to concentrate on creating solutions to help grow your company and meet strategic business goals.

Back Up and Disaster Recovery
In the event of the unexpected, Azure offers an affordable option for SMEs to implement business continuity and disaster recovery plans, which they probably could not otherwise afford.

Azure is wonderfully flexible. It can back up your data in almost any language, on any operating system, and from any location - you choose how often the backup is scheduled for, whether it's daily, weekly or monthly.

You never need to worry about losing data as the Azure backup stores three copies of your data in three different locations in the datacentre, and then another three copies in a remote Azure datacentre.

Other benefits include 99.9% monthly SLA guarantees so your business can relax in the knowledge that your applications and services will be constantly available.

How can we help?

Aztech IT are a Tier 1 Microsoft Cloud Service Provider. We provide organisations with the guidance and assistance to help them gain the most benefit from Microsoft Azure Services.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help your business make the most of Microsoft Azure, would like to book a Cloud Migration Assessment and start building your bespoke plan, get in touch today and speak to one of our experts.

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Topics: Cloud Services

Written by Sophie Ashwood

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