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How Azure and the Cloud Work Together

How Azure and the Cloud Work Together

As a business, there are needs that are imperative to ensure success, which include data safety, remote options, and adaptability. How Azure and the Cloud work together is a relationship that helps create an atmosphere that encompasses all of that. Azure helps you collaborate with remote users and the Cloud allows you flexibility, safety from data loss, and more. Using both gives businesses a seamless, flexible alternative.

Azure and Its Benefits

Microsoft describes Azure as the following:

Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges. It’s the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your favorite tools and frameworks.

The Azure Platform features four distinct components:

Azure

This is the area where applications run locally. Then, the servers inside the Microsoft data center store the related data.

Microsoft SQL Services

The SQL services provide an advantage of cloud-based methods for saving the data in the cloud. The data services reveal both SOAP and REST interfaces as data access approaches.

 

Microsoft .NET Services

This is the same as found in Microsoft Windows. The only difference is the extension to support on-site applications and cloud applications.

Live Services

This area is where code is connected by developers in the Windows Live platform, then transfer to the Cloud. This allows integration, connection, and synchronizing code. Other advantages are that resources to include a URL address is allowed and a variety of programming languages are supported.

 

 

The Cloud Advantages

There are numerous benefits of Cloud computing.

Flexibility

No matter what your bandwidth needs, the Cloud is perfect for adapting to change. You are able to scale up or scale down, whichever your needs call for. In fact, studies show that operational agility is ranked as a top driver for Cloud adoption, according to IT directors and CIOs.

Increased Collaboration

With Cloud-based workflow, teams work any place and at any time. Documents are editable, sharable, and accessible - even in remote locations. Updates are in real time and collaborations are fully transparent.

Data Recovery

Losing data is one of the worst things for small and large businesses alike. With the Cloud, data is always accessible and kept safe - even if there is a disaster at your business. Whether it's flooding, a fire, theft, or vandalism - your data is available.

It is interesting to note that according to Aberdeen Group, small businesses are twice as likely as larger companies to have implemented cloud-based backup and recovery solutions that save time, avoid large up-front investment and roll up third-party expertise as part of the deal.

Remote Work

Along with increased collaboration where remote work was mentioned, this is a definitive advantage. Simply put, Cloud computing allows team members to work anywhere - and this includes telecommuting. As long as you have an Internet connection, the resources are available. In fact, you are typically not hampered by which device you use with the implementation of various apps.

Automatic Software Updates

One of the major benefits of the Cloud is automatic software updates. Instead of using precious work time to update your system, regular software updates are implemented off-site. This leaves you free to focus on other important tasks and there is never an issue with conflicting software or having to wait for an update to take place.

 

Cloud Strategy

It is imperative to implement Cloud strategy at your business. A Cloud strategy benefits the company in a plethora of ways, some already mentioned. The following are components that need to be addressed for your Cloud strategy.
According to ZDNet, there are seven major components of Cloud strategy:
  1. Software as a Service (SaaS). The Cloud user experience should respond easily to trends including collaboration, social, mobility, and more.
  2. Platform as a Service (PaaS). The platform should have innovative future technology, empower to build new solutions, enable existing products, support analytics, integration, mobile, and development, and lead to one platform going forward.
  3. Integration. The integration should be seamless and cross delivery models.
  4. Infrastructure as a Service. The Cloud platform offered must have a solid infrastructure, and in addition be open enough to handle and support heterogeneous environments from a variety of vendors.
  5. Security. Find out data center strategy, data security efforts, how the systems are hardened, and any certifications as well as the internal risk framework.
  6. Public Cloud. This simply focuses on the shared resources. However, there are three parts of those to question - Is your vendor using multi-tenant with identical schemas, custom schemas, or a hybrid approach?

  7. Private Cloud. Ask about innovating current solutions and getting them into the Cloud. Also find out the capability in implementing mission critical cloud solutions and how integration between cloud and cloud, cloud and on-premise and cloud and 3rd party as well as hybrid cloud landscapes are managed.
To get and stay ahead of the competition, you've got to be able to innovate and adapt your business processes quickly to capitalize on new trends and market shifts.

 

Your Cloud Managed Service Provider

Credexo is your Cloud management service provider to help you through this transition. This is the digital way of running the business that makes your work life easier, more secure, and flexible. 
If you are ready to take the next step and find out how Azure and the Cloud work together to your advantage, contact us so we can help you get started on seamless integration.

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