Demystify the Power of Hybrid Cloud Computing With Microsoft Azure
The cloud computing revolution is all around us, but many companies find it difficult to decide on areas where cloud services can best serve their business needs. Microsoft Azure has wide-ranging capabilities for cloud services, but here are several areas where some popular services have already been bundled:
Azure has a number of tools and services to control and manage your IT infrastructure’s security – even in hybrid environments that exist on-site and in the cloud.
Data is the lifeblood of your company, keeping it safe, but accessible is increasingly important for business continuity and regulatory compliance. Azure is a great environment for backing up and archiving data – large amounts, for long periods of time.
In the Azure cloud, you can create virtual machines for specific workloads, or virtual networks to do a variety of things for your business.
Azure Disaster Recovery offers considerable flexibility with three options: Site-to-cloud DR, cloud-to-cloud DR and Site-to-Site DR – one of these is very likely to your needs
Providing increased visibility with tighter control of workloads, making it easier to prevent, detect and respond to cloud-based threats. Giving your Managed Service Provider, or in-house IT Team, the ability to manage cloud security from anywhere, detecting and addressing threats with the help of Microsoft’s global intelligence expertise. Seamlessly integrate with third-party security platforms, for an all-in-one management center.
Provide your business with "Log Analytics," An Azure service that gathers and examines cloud and on-premises data regardless of physical location. Gather, store, and explore analytics easier than ever before, with the added visibility across on-premise, hybrid, and public cloud applications, Providing powerful, and actionable business intelligence.
One of the newest features from Microsoft is "Key Vault," a data protection, and compliance, a tool used to and manage and protect your customer’s personal information, passwords, and other private data. Improving key and password protection by keeping access and application separate.
Simplify access to any cloud app and enable self-service for employees or contractors. While protecting sensitive data and apps across your organization with SLAs. (Service Level Agreements) Providing your users with multi-factor authentication, on Office 365, Salesforce, Dropbox and other Saas applications.
Seamlessly import your directory to the cloud, also known to many as "Active Directory." Active Directory will provide your business with identity and access management solution that provides secure access to on-premises and cloud applications, including Microsoft online services like Office 365 and many non-Microsoft SaaS applications.
Backup and Archive
Scalability and Availability
Azure Backup uses the underlying power and unlimited scale of the Azure cloud to deliver high-availability for application data—with little maintenance or monitoring overhead required. Alerts can be set up to provide information about events like outages, backup status, but customers don’t need to worry about high availability for data in the cloud. With 99.9% service availability, backup provides operational peace of mind.
Retention and Recovery
Due to business or compliance requirements, many organizations are required to protect their data for years, and over time this data grows exponentially. Traditionally, a tape has been used for long-term retention. Backup provides a compelling alternative to tape with significant cost savings, shorter recovery times, and up to 99 years of retention.
Remote Office Protection
Moves customer backup storage to the cloud to save on infrastructure investments for remote and branch offices. Replaces expensive intranets with low-cost internet and archives data in a customer’s preferred Azure data center region across the globe, so data is close to their branch office—maintaining enterprise-grade security for data in transit and at rest.
Azure provides a wide range of VM sizes and images, enabling buyers to choose the best deployment options for their environment. With a broad support for Open Source Software (OSS), Full Red Hat support and the commitment to match AWS Pricing continues to propel Microsoft Azure to new heights as a business-efficiency solution.
Offering numerous network services to build and extend network topologies/data centers to the cloud. Azure does this with load balancers, traffic managers, and powerful content delivery networks for superior performance, low latency, and highly resilient. With ExpressRoute connection options and the ability to leverage MPLS in Azure.
Azure delivers durable, highly available, and massively scalable storage options—Blob, Queue, File, and Disk— keeping pace with explosive data growth. Additional Azure benefits include a cost-effective solution for nearline, online, and highly available business needs across redundant storage and geo-redundancy options. (3 locations)
Site-to-Azure recovery provides businesses with the means to replicate workloads in an on-premises datacenter to Azure without the added infrastructure costs of standing up a secondary data center. Additional benefits include certified support for Protection of Hyper-V, VMWare, and physical server environments from a single cloud console. Minimizing the potential for errors with one-click failover and no-impact, disaster recovery drills.
For customers who wish to leverage their own secondary data centers as recovery targets—for security, and compliance Azure provides’s Site-to-Site recovery for replicating workloads in an automated manner. With Site Recovery, you can streamline the failing over process and establish policy-based protection for Hyper-V/VMware virtual machines, and physical servers, and One-click, recovery of applications to an alternate site.
Backup and Archive
Keeping sensitive data private and secure while improving the overall security of the business with Azure-native and third-party security tools, including current security investments from leading providers.