Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure – Comprehensive services to meet your business challenges

What is Microsoft Azure?

Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges. It’s the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network. Microsoft Azure is:

Productive. Reduce time to market, by delivering features faster with over 100 end-to-end services. Hybrid. Develop and deploy where you want, with the only consistent hybrid cloud on the market. Extend Azure on-premises with Azure Stack. Intelligent. Create intelligent apps using powerful data and artificial intelligence services. Trusted. Join startups, governments, and 90 percent of Fortune 500 businesses who run on the Microsoft Cloud today.

What are the advantages?

Move your server services to the Microsoft Azure Cloud and stop worrying about downtime and data security. Benefit from numerous advantages, such as:

  • falling costs
  • increasing server performance
  • increasing availability
  • easier scalability
  • easy expansion options

Taking into account European data protection guidelines (keyword GDPR), your data is stored in Microsoft-hosted data centers in Dublin, Amsterdam or, optionally, in Germany (Microsoft Cloud Germany).

Microsoft Azure: Infrastructure as a service

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is an instant computing infrastructure, provisioned and managed over the Internet. Quickly scale up and down with demand, and pay only for what you use.

IaaS helps you avoid the risk and complexity of buying and managing your own physical servers and other datacenter infrastructure. Each resource is offered as an isolated service component, and you only have to pay for a particular service for as long as you need it. While you purchase, install, configure, and manage your own software — operating systems, middleware, and applications — the infrastructure is managed by the cloud computing service provider.

Hosted applications/apps

Development tools, database management, business analytics

Operating systems

Servers and storage

Networking firewalls/security

Data center physical plant/building

Microsoft Azure: Platform as a service

Platform as a service (PaaS) is a complete cloud-based development and deployment environment, with resources to make it possible to deliver everything from simple cloud apps to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications.

Like IaaS, Platform as a service includes infrastructure — servers, storage, and networking — but also middleware, business intelligence (BI) services, database management systems, development tools and more. PaaS is designed to integrate the complete web application lifecycle: building, testing, deploying, updating, and managing.

Platform as a service allows you to avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing software licenses, the underlying application server infrastructure and middleware or the development toolchain and other resources. You manage the services and applications you develop, and the cloud service provider typically manages everything else.

Hosted applications/apps

Development tools, database management, business analytics

Operating systems

Servers and storage

Networking firewalls/security

Data center physical plant/building

Microsoft Azure: Software as a service

Software as a service (SaaS) enables users to connect to and use cloud-based apps over the Internet. Common examples are email, calendaring, and office tools (such as Microsoft Office 365).

SaaS provides a complete software solution that you purchase on a pay-as-you-go basis from a cloud service provider. You rent the use of an app for your organization, and your users connect to it over the Internet, usually with a web browser. All of the underlying infrastructure, middleware, app software, and app data are located in the service provider’s data center. The service provider takes care of the hard- and software, and with the appropriate service agreement, will ensure the availability and the security of your application and your data as well. SaaS allows your organization to get quickly up and running at minimal upfront cost.

Hosted applications/apps

Development tools, database management, business analytics

Operating systems

Servers and storage

Networking firewalls/security

Data center physical plant/building

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Dino Bordonaro

General Manager