Azure … what exactly is it and how does it compare to AWS? How does it provide a solution for Microsoft EOS customers? Today, we will cover Azure 101 with you.
Let’s begin with the basics …
What is Microsoft Azure?
Azure is a cloud platform for building, deploying, and managing services and applications, anywhere.
It has 2 distinct platforms:
Platform 1 –
Infrastructure as a service. Use Azure for computer, storage, network, backup, and DR Services for customers.
Platform 2 –
Fully managed platform as a service to deliver and develop solutions for applications to your customers both in cloud and mobile.
What can Microsoft Azure Do?
Azure has all of the elements necessary to build a virtual network and deliver services or applications to a global audience including:
- Virtual machines
- Azure Active Directory Domain Services
- Application Services
- Visual Studio Team Services
8 Benefits of Using Azure
- Flexible – Azure is extremely flexible giving you the option to have functionality as required. Pay as you consume, switch to Azure, accommodate flux in business, and more.
- Cost Effective – Azure offers cost management that is second to none. It’s the only platform with end-to-end cloud cost management. It’s free to all customers so they can manage their Azure spend. The prices are comparable to AWS on commodity services such as compute, storage, and bandwidth. Azure is the most cost-effective cloud for Windows Server workloads.
- Productive – Reduces marketing cycles by delivering features faster with more than 100 end to end services.
- Hybrid – Develop and deploy where you want, with the only consistent hybrid cloud on the market. Extend Azure on-premise with Azure Stack.
- Intelligent – Create intelligent apps using powerful data and artificial intelligence services.
- Trusted and Safe – Join startups, governments, and 95 percent of Fortune 500 businesses who run on the MS Cloud.
- Health Monitoring and Alert Capabilities – Know in an instant if there are performance issues or outages that are affecting your business. You can set smart alert levels for events from; Azure diagnostic infrastructure logs, Windows IIS logs, crash dumps, and custom error logs.
Who is Azure for?
- Healthcare Facilities
- Government Agencies
- Educational Facilities
- Financial Services
- Retail Industry
- Manufacturing Companies
Is Azure secure?
Azure offers extensive security. Its security and privacy are built right into the platform.
Is Azure only for Windows apps and services?
No. Azure is not only for Windows apps and services – it also supports open source technologies.
How can Azure help if I outsource my IT?
Azure offers solution partners to help deploy and manage your existing solutions. At AboutXtreme, we are an Azure CSP (cloud solutions provider) which is basically the outsourcing model. We can offer a one-stop shop for both Azure billing, services, and support.
Will Azure save me money?
Absolutely! There are no upfront costs and you only pay for what you use. Azure also has a variety of purchasing options for different cloud scenarios.
How does Azure compare to other clouds?
Azure delivers unparalleled developer productivity, is the only consistent hybrid cloud, and has comprehensive compliance coverage.
Comparing Azure vs. AWS
With EOS already occurring, Azure is a great option to better the security and functionality of your IT Department. As a Certified Gold Microsoft Partner, we can assist you with your Azure integration. We offer a free 60-minute consultation with our Azure Specialists. Click here to request a call.