You may have heard of Microsoft Azure, but do you know what it’s about?
Are You aware of advantages for your business that come with Microsoft Azure?
This blog will explain the information you should know, we’ll discuss the ways Microsoft Azure secures and manages your information and exactly how Microsoft Azure Cloud works.
First of all, let us assure you we’ve worked in on Azure architecture for years. We’ve been able to study the best practices and what does not, so you’re secure in our hands.
We’ve assisted many companies successfully move their corporate infrastructure and networks to cloud computing either completely or by using the hybrid cloud (a combination of cloud and local-based alternatives).
We know that some people are sceptical about cloud-based services and it’s normal for customers to initially choose to keep their data and servers in-house but in terms of security disaster recovery and backup of data cloud services are the most secure and reliable choice.
What exactly is Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud platform.
Microsoft Azure consists of ‘building blocks’ that permit IT designers and developers to build anything IT associated products and services they require or desire to. The building blocks comprise hundreds of products and services that are able to be blended together in order to make custom cloud-based solutions.
This can be networks, servers phones, applications websites, backup systems, operating systems storage of data and much more. The distinction between these is the fact that they are all constructed on “the cloud”, i.e. via the internet instead of the hardware located at home, in the office or work place.
What are the advantages for businesses from Microsoft Azure?
It is no doubt that there are three major benefits of Azure Cloud; security, backup, and the capability to work with the existing IT infrastructure.
Benefits of security with Azure
It is no doubt that security will be among the top advantages for businesses that use Microsoft Azure. The reason is the way in which data can be kept…
Microsoft has an extensive global database of warehouses for data, where all data is kept. These data centres are protected by the highest levels of security in terms of fire safety, power and backups. The data centres are extremely secured, you cannot access them without an entry pass. Some of them are equipped with bio-metrics, fingerprint and face recognition, and so on.
In this way, every data center could contain hundreds of machines. The setup is replicated to across multiple locations throughout the world. Your data on your system will be kept in one of these data centers, but in addition, Azure back up means that your data is replicated in other data centres for backup. In the event that one of your data centres goes down the data is stored in a different data centre, that can be (if properly configured) access quickly, ensuring the least amount of (if any) interruption.
Cloud networks are extremely secure, much more so than local networks. Local networks (those which are located either on the device you use or servers located within your own premises) do not have this level of security. If you suffer from the unfortunate event of a break-in, fire or flood, the data you store on local networks is susceptible to loss. When you store your data in the Cloud all risk are taken care of.
Setting up is crucial…
The Cloud must be constructed safely so that you can access it from anywhere, and this is done by incorporating secure access as well as security to the data when the hardware in one part fails, it is automatically transferred to a different device. It has redundancy and security built-in.
Due to the security that is built into the cloud the data is safer as nothing can enter the cloud unless we let it open.
The Cloud is more secure than traditional options due to the fact that more features are accessible. Take, for instance, dual authentication. You can use it on your own, but it’s much easier to put in place in the Cloud and it’s less expensive to implement that type of technology.
Data backup and disaster recovery
When working in the Cloud backing up data is immediate. The most common error that individuals make is that when they have local PC and it’s been backed onto the Cloud They think that they’re in good hands. But, when they work this way , it may take up to three days for the backup to transfer to the Cloud.
It’s all very great, but if the network is down, the most likely need to wait the same amount of time to recover it. Imagine the amount of disruption this can cause and the amount it could cost an organization through interruptions.
This is crucial for companies that utilize devices that generate cash , such as cash tills. What amount of time can a retailer be able to afford to lose if its technology goes down… Every minute could cost the company cash. So if these systems are properly set up and backup in the cloud, recovering and getting back on track could take a few minutes instead of days.
What is the best way that Microsoft Azure can complement existing IT structures
Implementing Azure isn’t an issue of creating the IT network or infrastructure from scratch. It is possible to use an hybrid system in which parts of your IT operations are carried out in the cloud.
Backup of data – If you’d prefer, keep your data locally, but frequently back it up in the cloud. If an event occur that is catastrophic, recovery is relatively swift and easy.
Departmental setup You can set up an internal setup for your accounts or admin teams, but then replicate these to the Cloud product to allow sales personnel working remotely to access the information they need in a safe manner.
Azure Information Protection (AIP). AIP is an extremely useful tool that lets users to secure emails and other data, so that you can send encrypted email with the click of an icon. It is possible to program the system so that once you enter an email address for a person only the person who is submitting it can view the email. The person who reads it isn’t allowed to print it, copy or forward it, and you can also set a an expiration date on being available. AIP costs only PS1.50 per user per month. It is incredibly affordable for small businesses.
The entire cloud technology and more is integrated within Azure and 365. You connect all cloud-based technologies to give you the service, which is just one aspect we could put in the Cloud and offer to customers.
Azure lets small-scale businesses benefit of the same technology that an Fortune 100 company – it’s the same data centre, using the same software. There is a expense, but the cost is quite low in comparison to the technology that they’re benefiting from.
Utilizing Microsoft Azure to manage applications
Microsoft Azure allows you to remotely access all your apps from anywhere around the globe.
It’s how the system is done. Within Azure we are able to access the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program (CSP). When a member of our team logs into Azure, they will be able to view an overview of all of our customers. Our tech can select one of our customers to gain access to their particular portal and also manage the entire network. Everything, including discs and network equipment Remote Access, Servers and computers in one spot.
This lets us manage applications on the Cloud for our customers from the UK as well as Hong Kong or anywhere in the world. The administration of the network has been greatly simplified and, as a result, cost savings are reduced without having to travel. Response times are much faster, and the entire process is is much easier to manage.
MS Azure – IAAS – Infrastructure as a Service
What ever your current infrastructure setup is it is possible to move whatever you would like us to move it from premises to the Cloud.
It could also include phones (which assists with security) as well as servers and computers as well as specific company software or programs.
What we are unable to move to Cloud Cloud are the wires that connect your home and Wi-Fi since you’ll require wires or Wi-Fi in your premises. But, once there is no traffic flowing through the wires in your local network the cost is low as you can enjoy plenty more Wi-Fi. You don’t require costly switches as there’s little data moving through the cables. The primary limitation is the bandwidth in the area you are located.
Microsoft Azure Accreditation
We’re an Microsoft Gold Platform specialist, which means that we’re experts of Cloud Infrastructure, as such we’re featured within the Microsoft Azure Marketplace which is the official directory for Microsoft partners.
What are the warning signs or signs that indicate it’s time to make the switch to Cloud Infrastructure? Cloud Infrastructure?
If you’re part of a business that earns revenue from your computer, then it’s probably the right time to look into moving into the Cloud to enjoy the benefits, and not lose access to the computer that’s generating the revenue.
For a network with a greater scale the best moment to make an upgrade the time to upgrade servers or other hardware. (Servers are typically updated every 5 years, roughly, while PCs are upgraded are upgraded every three years.) It’s the perfect moment to upgrade since we can discuss the possibilities of what could be transferred onto the Cloud. Many organizations know that they’ll have to spend on IT infrastructure in the near future, so it’s a good idea to determine the most effective method to spend money on your IT systems. If you’ve had an IT review scheduled or budgeted now is the time to take a look and look into the Cloud.
In order to summarize…
The three major advantages from Microsoft Azure for businesses are:
Security The Azure cloud is safer and more secure than network or servers on site.
Backup-Up The Azure cloud offers a variety of backup options in the event of a disaster. This means that should something happento IT systems or networks are able to be restored and operating with minimal disruption in relatively short amount of duration.
It can be integrated into existing IT structures. With the in-built products, services , and capabilities Microsoft Azure can be designed to complement or even integrate existing systems.
You may have heard of Microsoft Azure, but do you know what it’s about?