Learn about what Azure is, how it’s used, and the numerous ways your business can benefit from a hybrid cloud solution
Microsoft Azure is a popular cloud-based application suite, commonly used by businesses to provide data management services and application deployment throughout their Internet-connected data centers. Microsoft’s answer to the question What is Azure? is as follows:
Any developer or IT professional can be productive with Azure. The integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you already have and technologies you already know.
Azure supports a wide range of useful functionality for business resource management, including:
- Storage Services – that provide application programming interfaces (API's) for supporting cloud-based data storage
- SQL-based Data Management – that supports cloud access and storage of relational business data
- App Service – an abstraction that simplifies web, mobile, API-based and logic app deployments from a common code base
- Connector Services – that supports application integration and data transport for communication between business applications
- Service Bus Messaging – supporting unidirectional “queues” and “topics” and bi-directional “relays” and asynchronous activity initiated, “event hubs”
Azure as Platform as a Service
Azure, being a cloud-based technology, is accessed via the platform as a service (PaaS) model from remote servers using web-based interfaces. The support and cost issues associated with infrastructure and networking support required to implement these services in earlier client-server models are no longer factors that can interfere with business-driven projects and in-house technical staff's productivity under PaaS implementations.
An added benefit of the PaaS is its self-service model. From this user demand driven access model, derives the ease with which Azure supports remote partner management and maintenance. This can be significantly more efficient when supporting new implementations, releases and upgrades.
PaaS supports decoupling from the traditional business hardware infrastructure and enhancing its cross-platform use in varied technology environments.
Data Center Management
Today's data centers typically combine some mix of directory services, databases, web-based applications, warehousing/analytics/big data and other enterprise data and technology assets.
The power of Azure to enhance communications and connectivity between the assets housed at the enterprise data centers restores a sense of manageability over business information systems that have been unwieldy in previous data support paradigms.
By bringing these systems together through workflow visualizations and BI dashboards, inter-department data exchange and communications are enhanced. The streamlining of business processes that results from the improved access to data between the business systems, supports more quickly informed business decision making and improved business opportunity recognition.
Azure Cloud Models
A flexible, scalable data infrastructure is an absolute requirement nowadays. While today's data centers typically all have some form of private cloud behind the enterprise firewall, the demands created by Internet-based business relations requires that companies also support some means of web-based public access to their private network.
When businesses expand the access to their private data center to address these public data needs, the result is a hybrid cloud model. The hybrid cloud allows businesses to keep access to their private resources and data secure, while implementing a guest managed security to their publicly available assets.
Microsoft Azure supports the hybrid cloud model in combinations with other Microsoft server and system center tools, delivering enterprise-level offerings by combining both your in-house data center with Microsoft's global data centers.
Overview of Hybrid Cloud Key Benefits
- Greater flexibility and increased number of data deployment options
- Allows businesses to shift costs and computing requirements across systems according to changing needs
- Simplifies implementation of multi-vendor offerings (e.g., Google Compute, big data analytics and customer relationship management systems)
- Reduction in license fees and costs associated with infrastructure support requirements
- Reduction in risks associated with outages and regional natural disasters
- Easier migration to latest software versions and lower upgrade and deployment costs
- Enhanced communications and data sharing with business partners and customers
- Creates more options for the company's business and technology strategists
Ad Victoriam's Expertise – How We Can Help
Ad Victoriam's uniqueness begins with our highly recognized competence in implementing solutions using Microsoft technologies. We are industry recognized authorities in delivering Azure cloud-based solutions and customized Azure hybrid cloud implementations. Our core values promote and demonstrate our commitment to our customer's knowledge and data as representing their most valuable resources. The experience and expertise of our Microsoft technology consultants with Azure allows us to deliver the right value-based solution to meet our customers' needs.
Our team has worked directly with customers and enterprise partners to successfully deliver customized Azure hybrid cloud solutions in a wide range of business environments. Many of our customers report short turnaround on their technology investment following our software solution delivery.
Let’s discuss how we can assist with implementing your company's Azure hybrid cloud solution and other Microsoft and cloud solution needs.