Microsoft Azure: Cloud computing for managing applications and services
Cloud computing is a technological phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. Today every organization use some form of cloud services. Microsoft Corp. has come up with a broad array of cloud services that promise to transform every aspect of business. Microsoft Azure, one of the Microsoft cloud services, provides businesses a smart solution to build, test, deploy and manage light weight or multi-tier applications/website without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure.
From infrastructure, applications, computing, networking, analytics to storage, Microsoft Azure cloud server makes it easy for organizations to develop and scale new applications and run existing applications with minimal effort. Not just Windows apps and services, Azure allows you to work with third party tools, technologies and applications of your choice. As for mobile applications, you can focus on the development part and Azure would take care of backend activities such as user authentication, structured storage and sending push notifications.
Thus, Azure comes with panoply of features and functionalities that make it easy for small and medium sized businesses to develop and manage enterprise, Web, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) apps without difficulty.
Some Basic Features / Benefits of Microsoft Azure
Flexible application model
Through Azure server hosting, you can develop applications in .NET, PHP, Java, node.js, Python, Ruby, or using open REST protocols.
Azure provides unparalleled speed with respect to deployment, operation and scalability.
Ability to autoscale
Azure can scale up and scale out depending upon demand, schedule and business needs as the Microsoft Azure cloud server never runs out of capacity.
Focus on development
Azure provides the necessary infrastructure that allows you to build and deploy applications in no time irrespective of your financial and technical limitations.
Microsoft Azure cloud server allows you to focus on value added business activities by automating tasks so that you need not spent time in monitoring and managing those tasks.
No standardization issues
Azure is compatible with both Linux and Windows. Thus, you can run CentOS, CoreOS, Debian, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE, and Ubuntu as well as Windows Server 2008, 2012 and 2016.
Azure ensures enhanced security by adhering to the standard security model of Detect, Assess, Diagnose, Stabilize and Close and through strong cyber security controls, multiple compliance certifications (including HIPAA/HITECH, ITAR, GDPR, FINMA, FERPA, FSA, ISO and so on), user-friendly services such as multi-factor authentication and application password requirements.
Azure offers a service level agreement, or SLA, of 99.95% that means almost 4.38 hours of downtime per year.
Azure stores data in one or more of Microsoft managed datacenters and keeps multiple copies of data in the same location or multiple geographic locations so as to ensure faster data recovery.
Azure’s pay-as-you-grow model helps you to manage your budget effectively. With the panoply of services and functionalities offered through Azure server hosting, you can easily reduce your upfront costs, infrastructure costs and hardware and maintenance costs.