Azure is Microsoft’s on-demand cloud platform. Similar to Amazon AWS, Azure can be an extremely attractive service for any size of business.
The old school of thought when it came to IT infrastructure was to have a dedicated server that would house your business applications and services.
This was either located onsite in your office or a local data centre. The problem with this approach is your business become reliant on the physical server hardware and local internet connection. If there’s a problem then it can impact your business. The other issue with this approach is the sometimes hidden costs of maintenance and security.
Upkeep of server hardware & licensing will cost a business in time either by your internal IT team or an outsourced IT provider to keep things running smoothly.
Security and business continuity is another aspect to take into consideration with onsite hardware. How secure is your server? Does the Office cleaner have access? In regards to business continuity – what happens if there’s a fire in your building? You may have a backup of all your data but how long will that data take to be restored to another replacement server in the event of some for of disaster.
Microsoft Azure remove all the above problems from the equation. Your server infrastructure and applications can be spun up in a Microsoft data centre instantaneously. These data centres are replicated through multiple locations over the globe and due to the vast size of Microsoft’s infrastructure it’s a fraction of the cost of an onsite server and maintenance.
We help businesses migrate services, applications and business processes to the Azure platform. If you are thinking of moving to Microsoft Azure or would like to find out more contact us.
Here is an interactive map of all the Azure data centres around the globe click to go to the interactive map:
Current Azure Services:
Azure Active Directory B2C Azure Active Directory Azure Active Directory Domain Services API Management Application gateway Visual Studio Application Insights App Service Automation Backup Batch BizTalk Services CDN Cloud Services Azure Container Service Data Catalog Data Factory Data Lake Analytics Data Lake Store Azure DevTest Labs Azure DNS DocumentDB Event Hubs ExpressRoute HDInsight HockeyApp Azure IoT Hub Key Vault Load Balancer Machine Learning Managed Cache Service Media Services Mobile Engagement Mobile Services Multi-Factor Authentication Notification Hubs Operational Insights Redis Cache RemoteApp Scheduler Search Security Center Service Bus Service Fabric Site Recovery SQL Database SQL Data Warehouse SQL Server Stretch Database Storage StorSimple Stream Analytics Traffic Manager Virtual Machines Virtual Network Visual Studio Team Services VPN Gateway