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Microsoft Azure: Cloud Services To Build, Deploy & Manage Your Applications


Cloud technology has slowly and steadily taken over the tech world. Businesses constantly try to find the most sustaining business model. They have now adopted cloud technology which helps them accomplish things more innovatively, more reliably and more securely – on a much larger scale at the right cost.

According to a study conducted in May 2017, by Cowen and Altman Vilandrie & Company, Public Cloud spending is predicted to grow quickly at about 16% in year-over-year growth in 2017. This study is based on a survey sample of 551 respondents distributed across small, medium businesses and enterprises which use public cloud platforms and services.


The same study says Microsoft Azure is viewed as the platform that customers would most likely purchase or renew going forward. So what are the things that make Microsoft Azure a viable option? Let’s discuss.


#1 Microsoft Azure – A Collection of Public Cloud Services

Microsoft  Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud Computing platform which offers a wide range of cloud services including those for compute, storage, analytics and networking. You can pick and choose the services you want to build, deploy and manage applications with the help of Microsoft’s data centers that dot the globe. You have plenty of options available.

It provides an efficient alternative to on premise datacenter. All computing infrastructure and the underlying management software is provided to you. As a user you lease these cloud services on as-you-need basis. Your capital expenditure on hardware thus becomes operational expenditure.

#2 Microsoft Azure Simplifies Your Operations

You can easily deploy traditionally complex systems like load balancers. Large compute environments can be rapidly deployed. You can deploy only the infrastructure that you need and you can adjust this up and down any time as per your need. You can rapidly deallocate the systems you don’t require. Your computing environment as a result becomes cost effective. You can access your compute environment from anywhere. All your computing and application needs are met by the different cloud services that Azure provides.

#3 Microsoft Azure Has Unmatched Intelligence

High performance computing applications needed for engineering, research and scientific workloads are most challenging as they need fast processors, low-latency networking, parallel file systems, GPUs, LINUX and more. Microsoft Azure meets the challenge. Azure is the only public cloud with Machine learning, bots, Cognitive APIs and Blockchain-As-A Service (BAAS) capabilities. It has everything an innovative developer or a data scientist could want. You could use Azure N-series Virtual machines to conduct real time data analysis. You can enable HPC simulations, accelerate deep learning and do so much more with the help of Microsoft Azure.

#4 Microsoft Azure Is Truly Flexible With the Help of Hybrid Cloud

As a user you may want to go for cloud computing but you may also have on–premise data centers which could be important for you. Many customers are not comfortable migrating all their operations on the public cloud. They could be using legacy infrastructure or they could be having sensitive information they want to keep on premise. Many organizations want to integrate the two. Microsoft understands that a hybrid approach is the best way to optimize assets. It offers a broad range of on-premises and cloud technologies that work in a seamless cohesive way. It now offers Azure Stack too. You can read up on Azure Stack here.

#5 Microsoft Azure Helps You Deploy Anywhere

Microsoft Azure enables you to deploy your applications anywhere in any region of the world. You can have extensive global reach. It runs on worldwide network of data centres run by Microsoft in 40  regions all over the globe. It helps you scale globally with ease. Azure is available in 140 countries. It supports 17 languages and 24 currencies. You can choose data center and regions that suit you and your users well. You can choose the kind of performance and support you want by selecting the options available to you. When you provision an application, a service or a VM (Virtual Machine) in Azure you select a region. The region you select represents a specific data center where your application runs. When you have international operations it is wise to opt for data centers closer to where your users are as the distance affects the performance of applications. More the distance, greater the latency in network requests.

#6 Microsoft Azure Supports Open Source Technologies

You trust Open Source technologies and Microsoft Azure does it too. You can bring all your existing Open Source technologies you have invested in, to the Azure ecosystem. This way you can have all the tools you love and have the skills for and run them in Azure. One in four VMs in Azure runs on Linux. You will get support for your Java and PHP web applications platform too. At Azure marketplace you will find support for your favourite Linux distributions like Debian, SUSE and Ubuntu and more. Azure can complement and add value to the systems you have built with open source technologies. You can add Identity and Access Management through Azure Active Directory. New container capabilities can be delivered by integrating with Docker. Open API and SDKs for open source languages improve developer and user experiences. There is support for Open Source in Azure Resource manager and Azure Stack too.

#7 Microsoft Azure Supports Businesses of All Sizes – Big and Small

There is a network of Azure data centres spread all across the globe. Microsoft has been investing in sovereign clouds in Germany and China. Enterprises that have global operations can easily scale and take their operations closer to where their users are. Big businesses thus gain.

Small businesses and start-ups gain from Azure’s low-cost entry points. They can scale up rapidly as their requirements grow bigger. They thus do not need to put up a large capital investment in infrastructure upfront. The flexibility to architect and re-architect their systems as per their requirement suits them. If things don’t go according to the plans for start-ups there are easy ways to deallocate resources and come out unscathed.

#8 Excellent & Cost- Effective Disaster Recovery Solutions from Azure

In the wake of the recent global ransomware attacks, the need to invest in good disaster recovery solutions becomes more pertinent. Mimimize the damages outages can cause with the help of Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure can deliver disaster recovery at a mega scale at a fraction of a cost you would spend on a normal disaster recovery data center. With the help of Microsoft Azure you can achieve low recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) target for all important systems in your organization.

You can automate the replication of Virtual Machines with the help of Azure Site Recovery. Site Recovery watches over your protected instances continuously and remotely.

Winding Up

Microsoft Azure has the most pluralistic approach to the clouds. It aids development with the help of a wide range of operating systems, programming frameworks and third-party services. Companies can confidently move their entire technology structure into the cloud. Microsoft Azure embraces all technologies. If you are thinking of moving your business to Azure or want to host your app in Microsoft Azure and need any more clarity, we can help.

And that will be all from my desk for now. Until next time, Adios.


Priyanka Garg

A writer, a wordsmith. Curious about the internet of everything. Interested in the cutting edge landscape of mobile apps and SAAS products. Blogs for OpenXcell - A Mobile App Development Company. Loves Jazz and Blues.