What is Microsoft Azure and what does it offer?

What is Microsoft Azure and what does it offer?

Microsoft Azure is a public cloud computing platform, with solutions including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) that can be used for services such as analytics, virtual computing, storage, networking and much more.

 

This computing platform, created by Microsoft, offers you the security you need to know that your company and customer data will be safe in the cloud, backed by a community of experts.

 

Why is Azure attractive to companies?

 

Developers like working with Azure because it allows for more secure coding, testing, and shipping from cloud developer environments. In addition, it allows you to deploy and scale applications with cloud-native technology and fully managed databases.

 

Characteristic

 

  • Data resiliency. All data stored in Azure will have a minimum of three copies stored in the same center. This is called locally redundant storage.
  • Security. Security in Microsoft Azure is built in at different levels and can be customized based on customer requirements.
  • BCDR integration. Storage in Azure integrates directly with your Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BCDR) strategy, with options for backup and disaster recovery.
  • Capacity management. Microsoft Azure offers a hybrid architecture storage solution called StorSimple that helps address this challenge.
What are some of the best ways to use Microsoft Azure?

The best way to use Microsoft Azure will really depend on your specific needs, as Azure provides solutions to be used in specific scenarios. At a general level, you can use for example an Azure virtual machine, use Azure application services, also use Azure Storage and Azure Compute Services.

How can I get Azure account?

You can create an account on Azure.com, with the help of a Microsoft representative, or through a partner. If this is your first time using Azure, you can get $200 USD in credits to start using your account. As requirements, Microsoft recommends having basic knowledge of cloud computing.

What are the top 10 most used Microsoft Azure services?
  • Azure Active Directory
  • Azure CDN
  • Azure DataFactory
  • AzureSQL
  • Azure Function
  • DevOps
  • Azure Backup
  • Virtual machines
  • LogicApps