Microsoft Azure Services White Paper
A white paper by Mark Moore, ACTS Cloud Secure Infrastructure Manager
In this comprehensive white paper we cover Microsoft Azure Cloud Services and all Azure has to offer. Microsoft Azure is a subscription-based cloud computing platform that provides software, applications and infrastructure as a service. Rather than housing data on-site, Azure allows companies to store key business information on Microsoft’s secure cloud servers. Azure also offers over 100 unique services that help businesses build, test, deploy and manage applications in a single, unified platform. Nearly all of Azure’s services are ready to-go solutions that can be seamlessly deployed in hours, though having a clear implementation plan is crucial for getting the most out of the platform.
Compared to traditional infrastructure and application workflows, Azure delivers exceptional availability and functionality to its users. This is because most third-party hosting companies lack the authentication mechanisms, message queuing, traffic management and data synchronization tools companies need to maximize efficiency and security. Beyond its data storage capabilities, businesses can leverage Azure for a range of critical tasks, including analytics, virtual computing, networking and much more. Companies also benefit from lower in-house maintenance requirements, higher performance and reduced operating costs.
Considering Azure’s massive catalog of peripheral services, making the switch can seem overwhelming for those who are unfamiliar with cloud-based environments. To simplify the process, let’s take a closer look at four key areas of innovation: storage, computing, data management and app development.
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