Microsoft Azure is the next big thing in the world of IT! But many of us are still oblivious of Azure ( /ˈæʒər/) and what can it do and why it may change the IT Scenario.
What is Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform owned by Microsoft for building, deploying, and managing applications and services via Cloud having a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. If you to small business owner and wants to run an E-commerce website, you can easily run it through Azure, or if you are a large Enterprise with operations across continents, you can easily manage your Server work loads through Azure Cloud platform. Windows Azure lets you build, deploy, and manage solutions for almost any purpose you can imagine.
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Microsoft Azure has seen major updated and evolution ever since it was started in year 2006. It started as “Project RedDog” by the Microsoft development team and was available to General Users in year 2010. By the same year, Microsoft had over 10k customers under hood. In June 2012, Windows Azure was announced as an IaaS vendor and the same year, Microsoft launched sever new data-centers all across the World to boost the cloud offering.
Why cloud computing?
As more and more application are moving to cloud, IT Giants are investing heavily on Cloud and related services. Companies such as Amazon, Google, Dell, Microsoft have invested billions of dollars in recent years to be cloud ready. Last year in October, Dell Inc. agreed to buy EMC Corp. for a whopping $67 billion in the largest technology acquisition ever. EMC as well all know is a leading data storage and cloud computing company with over 70,000 employees worldwide. Lately Intel decided to buy Altera (Video /cloud solution provider in an all-cash deal worth approximately $16.7 billion. Such is the race to be ahead in this realm.
Cloud has helped many companies save big on infrastructure costs. For example, you don’t need to buy huge servers at your premises. Instead use Hosted applications to save real estate space and resources. Cloud not only is economically viable but also provide the Scalability and speed paramount for an organisation today.
Windows Azure services
Windows Azure provides businesses with the following categories of cloud-based services:
[li]Web & Mobile[/li]
[li]Data & storage services[/li]
[li]Analytic and Intelligence Services[/li]
Advantage Microsoft Azure
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[li]Speed: The Enterprise level hardware deployed by Microsoft make sure your applications are accessible easily and fast.[/li]
[li]Fully Managed by Microsoft Team: Windows Azure services are currently hosted in several data-centers spread across the United States, Europe, and Asia. These datacenters are managed by Microsoft and provide expert global support on a 24x7x365 basis.[/li]
[li]Scalable: If your applications is growing, you don’t need to worry as Azure can easily add new hardware resources to power up your application to any extent. The Auto Scaling feature in Azure lets you automatically change the number of instances providing a particular compute workload. Windows Azure can provide your business with on-demand infrastructure that can scale and adapt to your changing business needs.[/li]
[li]Adaptive and Compatible: Cloud applications running on Windows Azure can easily be integrated with on-premises IT environments that utilize the Microsoft Windows Server platform.
[error icon=’Icomoon/icomoon-scale-up||size:32px’]Auto scale: Lets you automatically change the number of instances providing a particular compute workload. You set defined metric and thresholds that determine if the platform adds or removes instances.[/error]
[li]Flexible: Whether to run a Microsoft application or an opensource using PHP/ MySQL, Azure is application neutral. It also includes different features that can help deliver high performance and low latency for cloud-based applications.[/li]
[li]Easy to deploy, no advanced technical know how required.[/li]
[li]Saves you real estate: A server room takes a good amount of space. You can avoid this expense by hosting your software or applications on Windows Azure. Hosted services also helps you save on valuable electricity costs and you can claim yourself as Green Company:)[/li]
Try Azure, it really works!
There’s no better way of finding out about the powerful capabilities of Windows Azure than by trying out the platform. If you are looking for Azure Support and Consulting services or need further information on it can add value to your business, contact our development team and we promise to help you A-Z.