What is Microsoft Azure?

Learn all about Microsoft Azure and what are the benefits of Azure, Services provided by Azure.
Written by Yashdeep Sahni |01-Aug-2019 | 0 Comments | 323 Views

Microsoft Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing platform that provides a wide variety of services that you can use without purchasing & provisioning your hardware. Microsoft Azure works on Pay-per Use Model. 

Azure enables the rapid development of solutions and provides the resources to accomplish tasks that may not be feasible in an on-premises environment. 

With the help of Microsoft Azure services like Cloud Computing, wide variety of storage, VPC(Virtual Private Cloud), and application services allow you to focus on building great solutions without the need to worry about how the physical infrastructure is assembled. 


What are Azure Product and Services 

Microsoft Azure has been categorized into 18 significant products which includes 

Compute – This service help the user to apply and manage VM containers and batch processing. This functionality also supports remote access. You can create a Virtual Machine in Azure platform and install the operating system of your choice, like Linux, Ubuntu, Windows, etc.  

Web – This features helps in the development and deployment of website applications and also supports in searching, delivering content, application programming, sending the notification, extensive management, and reporting. 

Data storage – As it is evident with the title "Data Storage." This service is used for storage purposes. This service helps in providing scalable cloud storage for the use of structured and non-structured data. It also supports big data projects and archival storage. 

Analytics – This service provides all features of analytics which contain but are not limited to distributed analytics, big data analytics, business intelligence, internet of things, real-time analytics, and data warehousing.  

Networking – This area supports in providing and managing different virtual networks, gateways, dedicated connections. Networking feature also supports traffic management, load balancing, securing a network from denial of service attack (DDOS) and hosting a domain name server (DNS) 

Media content and delivery network – This group includes the streaming of videos, digital rights protection, and media indexing.  

Hybrid integration - This service provides backing up of server, recovery of websites and integration between private and public clouds. With the help of Hybrid Inregration, you can manage your current on-prem infrastructure with Azure Cloud infrastructure.

Identity and access management – This service ensures that only authentic use can access and resumes azure services. This feature helps in protecting encryption keys and different other sensitive and confidential information in the cloud. Azure cloud services support Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). This is multi-factor security layer for the end-user 

Internet of things – This groups helps in capturing of data from electronic sensors and other devices and supports in monitoring and analyzing of data. 

Development – This service is specially designed of develops as it helps development personnel in writing, sharing, testing application, and to track down the potential issues related to the development process. Azure supports a wide range of programming languages which contains Python, Note.js, JavaScript, and .Net. It also supports multi-tools include visual studio, blockchain, and other software development kits. 

Security – This security product provides cybersecurity and information security feature to respond to cloud security threat. 

Artificial intelligence and machine learning – This groups contains a wide range of services that a developer can use in machine learning.  

Containers – This service supports enterprise in the creation and managing of a huge volume of containers. 

Databases – These services are providing access to databases and process and procedures to how to link, manage, and organize databases. It offers SQL as well as NoSql. 

DevOps – These services help provide collaboration tools which include visual studio team services. DevOps also provides multiple features for application diagnosis, which allows the developer to identify the potential issue in the application. 

Migration – This product is helpful to estimate enterprise organization that what will be migration costs if an enterprise is willing to migrate its data center from local to Azure cloud.   

Mobile – This suite supports the developer to build multiple cloud applications for mobile devices  

Management – This suite of product is offering overall administration of cloud, which includes but not limited to compliance, automation, scheduling, and monitoring, etc. 



What are the benefits and advantages of using Azure Cloud?

Global Availability – one of the significant benefits of cloud azure is that it is geographically available. In the modern world, most of the enterprise companies want to access data online, which should be readily available all across the globe.  

Security – Security is one of the fundamental pillars of the Azure platform. The Azure platform supports users to gain access to cloud networks in a secured manner. 

Scalability – One of the most significant features of Azure is scalability. This system helps end-user or enterprise to flexibly scale the system as per their needs and requirement. 

Disaster recovery – In the Era of modern technology disaster recovery is playing a vital role to keep business alive. Disaster recovery is one of the important keys of azure cloud services. Azure provides disaster recovery through many customized options. This type of recovery is much difficult to achieve in an on-premise scenario. 

Cost-saving – Cost saving is one of the main reasons for migrating to cloud services. Companies have a wide choice to adopt the hybrid route and synchronize their on-premise data centers. This will be cost-effective, and the company will enjoy the benefits of flexibility and security under the azure cloud platform 

Compliance – Microsoft Azure is fully complied and meets the requirement of standards in terms of cyber threat and data security. Microsoft holds many certifications in comparison with other cloud service providers. 



How we can access Azure?

Everyone will be able to login to the Microsoft Azure portal. Just go to https://azure.microsoft.com and you will able to sign up for a new account and see how Azure works for you. You can also enjoy many free services for free until your trial period is expired. You will be able to access virtual machines (Linux and window based) their databases, bandwidth, and file storage. 


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