Cloud computing is a global phenomenon and more businesses than ever are moving their workloads, servers and storage into the cloud.
Most cloud services fall under three main categories: Infrastructure as a service, platform as a service and software as a service.
Microsoft Azure is widely considered both a platform and infrastructure as a service offering. Microsoft Azure has 22 categories of cloud services, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, blockchain networking, containers, analytics, security, storage, databases, management, and more.
Scaling With Microsoft Azure
Some businesses use Microsoft Azure for data backup and disaster recovery purposes. Others use it as an alternative to their data centre. Instead of investing in their own storage and local servers.
As a cloud-based platform, Microsoft Azure’s web app capability allows businesses to easily connect applications to business data. The data can be on the business premises or in the cloud so businesses can quickly scale up or down.
Microsoft Azure has an auto-scale support feature so businesses need to set up their infrastructure only once. If customer demand fluctuates, if the business wants to expand to new geographical areas or if more functionality needs to be added, Web Apps is able to easily meet these needs without having to add additional resources. The service tier plans permit this flexibility, without any need for coding to make changes.
Overcoming Security Challenges
IT security is a constant challenge for businesses which need to ensure their cloud environments are protected.
While this is a complex task, Microsoft Azure security centre now makes it easier by providing comprehensive visibility into the security state of resources running in Azure enterprises.
This ensures a better response to security threats but also allows for the quick deployment of recommended security controls to help prevent them.
The threat detection and Microsoft Azure security centre are powered by Microsoft global threat intelligence security expertise and advanced analysis of signals from across a business’ Azure deployment. This helps in detecting actual threats early with fewer false alarms.
The Azure security centre enables users to manage and monitor cloud protections according to the security and compliance needs of the business.
The policy driven recommendations guide is a resource which guides users through the process of implementing needed controls and security solutions from Microsoft.
An ecosystem of integrated security partners can be quickly set up when incidents occur as the security centre provides prioritised alerts that include insights into the attack dynamics along with suggestions on how to stop current attacks and prevent future ones.
Building Business Stability and Resilience
Moving key applications and workloads to Microsoft Azure provides increased stability and resiliency. This can become an important component of a business’ disaster recovery and data backup plans. According to Microsoft, among the most common reasons why organisations embrace cloud solutions are to increase IT stability, mitigate downtime and access remote work capabilities of the Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Azure has been built to keep critical applications of a business online, even when faced with a disaster. Microsoft Azure’s Site Recovery service enables businesses to easily replicate workloads and applications to a second location.
In an unforeseen event such as a hurricane occurring, it takes one region offline, while the secondary location continues to operate.
Replication, fallback and failover can be managed from a single location. Microsoft Azure’s backup capabilities permit businesses to offload their on-premises back-up to the cloud. It simplifies the process for backing up virtual machines and offers secure storage to redundant locations. As a result, multiple copies of data is available in the unforeseen event of a natural disaster in one location.
At Levit8, we take the overwhelm out of transitioning to Microsoft Azure for businesses looking to move to the cloud.
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