What is Microsoft Azure and why do you need it?
If you’ve been following tech news over the past 24 hours you may have heard Microsoft Azure, a cloud services provider, come up. If you’re like many people, you have little to no idea what that is. At the Microsoft Build 2018 yesterday, Microsoft announced that Azure will have artificial intelligence (AI) incorporated and you can learn more about that in this article https://www.executech.com/insight/microsoft-azure-plus-ai/. But what is Microsoft Azure? In short, important.
What is Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud services platform. Well, what in the world is that? Great question. A cloud services platform is essentially access to servers and data centers that are off-site.
With Microsoft Azure, you have access to their robust data centers to allow you to build, deploy, and manage services and platforms from anywhere. One benefit of cloud service platforms is that it saves companies a lot of money in purchasing and housing their own data centers and provides them with secure access to an expansive network.
Are cloud services secure?
Yes, absolutely. Many companies are still hesitant to move their services to the cloud. One major concern is the security of their data and information. This is one area where Azure separates itself from other cloud service platforms. With Microsoft Azure you’re able to move as many, or as few services to the cloud, allowing for a hybrid option; if desired. This allows businesses to address some of their concerns about security, reliability, and overall functionality of cloud service providers. Microsoft Azure boasts top of the line security and is an industry leader in data and network protection, and your data is arguably more security with Azure than on in-house networks.
How do cloud services work?
The cloud has been a hot topic in the tech and business world for a while. Most of us have grasped the general concept of the cloud. All the cloud really is, is access to save and store files somewhere other than your personal computer or network. Large companies like Microsoft, Google, and Apple all have massive data centers that allow for users, like us, to save our files there. This frees up space on our computers and eliminates the need for individual companies to house their own data centers. But how do cloud services work?
As a business, you need computing power to run processes and functions for your business. This computing power requires a lot of equipment, space, money, and time. A cloud services provider functions just like cloud file storage but instead allows you access to computing power that is off-site. With Microsoft Azure, you gain access to enormous data centers, applications, and programs that are off-site and much more expansive than what individual businesses could house or afford.
Why should businesses get Azure?
There are several large benefits of moving to Microsoft Azure’s cloud services network. The biggest benefit is that you gain access to seemingly limitless resources. Microsoft’s collection of data centers have capabilities, space, and programs that would be unavailable for an individual business to house on their own. Using Azure gives your business the power that you need to grow and expand.
Secondarily, using Azure will save your company significant amounts of money. To create, manage, and house a personal data center is incredibly expensive. Even after dumping ridiculous amounts of money into your own data center, you’d still be left with sub-par capabilities.
By investing in Microsoft Azure you’re able to eliminate the headache and financial worry of maintaining a data center. With Azure, you can free up your organization and staff to work on more critical projects and tasks than managing a data center.
Microsoft Azure is the way of the business future. For more in-depth analysis of some of the functions and capabilities of Azure, sumologic.com has a great article that is more technical.
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