Azure is one of the world’s fastest-growing large cloud platforms offering secure data storage and having the most extensive list of compliance certifications for each cloud service provider. Microsoft Azure is an ever-growing platform with a wide range of integrated cloud services such as analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web.
Azure is constantly evolving and is currently the largest cloud resource on the market being actively followed by Amazon and Google.
Azure Data Centers
With more than 210 data centers in 47 regions around the world, Microsoft global network of managed data centers ensures seamless service, high reliability and accessibility of services.
When using Azure services, you can use any of its data centers, with a minimum of 3 or 4 data centers for a location which are completely independent of each other. Data security is the priority advantage that Microsoft seeks to provide to its customers.
Example: Your data is stored on 3 or 4 independent data centers – your data is replicated between other data centers. In case of a hardware or connectivity problem in one of the data centers where your data is located, your data continues to be stored on the other two data centers and is automatically replicated to a third data center, thus ensuring business continuity. The other option would be to copy the data to another geo location, in which case it will be highly protected.
Microsoft data centers are fully automated. The latest trend that Microsoft is experimenting with is data centers in the ocean – the containers / capsules are on the sea/oceanbed which solves the issue of cooling.
Why Cloud Solution?
Location accessible from anywhere
Multiple copies of your data
Hack and virus-proof
The right resource for your company’s needs
With just a few clicks you get more resources, if you need extra performance
Fast and efficient system at all times
Pricing up to a minute
All the necessary IT infrastructure and software included in the license fee
Less or no IT staff costs
No upgrade and peripheral software costs
Service regardless of staff competence
On-Premise vs Cloud
As you can see from the picture – with On-premise installations a customer takes care of almost everything – server location and cooling, electricity and power, networking – access to the server, storages for the data, operating system, etc.
On the right-hand side of the picture with Azure, the Microsoft data center takes care of servers, virtualization, storages, networking, electricity, and cooling.
Customers using Azure IaaS capabilities benefit from the flexibility, reliability and scale of the platform. It covers all key compliance requirements.
What does Microsoft take care of?
Security and isolation – no viruses or data hacking
Operating systems and virtualization
Servers, storages and networking
Electricity, cooling, maintenance
24/7 monitoring and process automation
Diagnosis, updates, security patches
Environment reservation and replication
Environment provisioning and management
Data management, recovery after resource failure
Your data is secure – the access to the architecture is physically limited and your data cannot be infected by viruses or attacked by hackers, it cannot be destroyed because it is repeatedly replicated and protected in the Microsoft architecture.
On a monthly basis, Microsoft guarantees that for some reason (usually updates) you may not be able to access your server in a mere 43 minutes (99.95% monthly SLA on virtual servers). Outside this time – access to your server will be available.
The consumption of services is metered with an accuracy of 1 minute – if your server has worked for 10 hours today, you pay for 10 hours. If you do not want the server to work the next day – you do not pay.
There are two ways of pricing – for using the service and for using the storage.
Example: If you have disks on which your data is stored – you pay for them as long as they are there. If they have been there for a month, you pay for one month storage. Your server may not be working, but you need to pay for the storage you use. You pay only for what you actually use and in this way you can achieve a sufficiently low cost of the service and plan the corresponding expenditure for the month.
Advantages of Azure
Easy to configure and add additional resource
High efficiency for all solutions
High protection of data: Zone Redundancy, Geo Redundancy