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.