You’ve probably already heard of Microsoft Azure , or at least, of the cloud concept. Cloud computing presents a great opportunity for SMEs . Specifically, with the Azure servers, you can have the infrastructure you need in a flexible way: physical servers, networks, virtual machines, development platforms, storage … Yes, in Azure you can build almost anything, informally speaking!
What is Azure?
Azure is a public pay-per-use cloud that allows you to quickly compile, deploy and manage applications in a global network of Microsoft datacenters (data centers).
But attention, “public cloud” does not mean that anyone can access the information of your business, but anyone with an Internet connection can make use of this cloud and that only if you have the right credentials, you can access your Azure portal, where all services are generated and managed.
How does it work?
In the Microsoft Azure portal there are different infrastructure and platform services so you can “mount” the services you need in a simple way, with a few clicks. In your portal you have a [New +] button and from there, you only have to choose the datacenter region where your service will be and then the type of service with its characteristics. For example, in the case of wanting to create a virtual machine you could select the type of machine such as Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, then fill in all its features (disk space, RAM …). In this creation process, you define a specific username and password to be able to log in to this virtual machine.
Among the services, you have infrastructures (IaaS: storage, networks, virtual machines …) and platforms (PaaS: SQL high availability databases, CMS for web development, backend for mobile applications …). They are compatible with all types of technology: Oracle databases, Linux, php, iOs, My SQL, Android, php …
These services are guaranteed with an availability of 99.99%, and in case of failure in superior availability, Microsoft is committed to compensate for the damages. In addition, it has all the certifications in terms of security and data protection . Did you know that it is the first cloud platform that fulfills in the high category the characteristics of the certification of conformity of the National Security Scheme ?
Big advantages: Flexibility and payment for use. When is it really useful?
This powerful business solution for the management of your infrastructures and applications presents great advantages: we emphasize flexibility and pay-per-use. With Azure, it is no longer necessary to invest in physical machines and the maintenance they entail. In this way, the deployment is simplified since there is no need to commit to long amortization periods, the configuration process is streamlined and it allows us to adapt our systems to our needs in a few minutes, with total flexibility. In addition, it has tools to monitor the performance and thus predict if it is necessary to scale or not our machines, and consequently, pay for what you really need. For this reason, we distinguish three situations in which, without a doubt, we recommend using Azure services:
In the deployment of a solution in which the increase in use will be exponential (or unknown) and we can not safely define the maximum demand peak.
When you know that the demand for the service will fluctuate over time.
In development environments or tests that could later continue to be used or not, or that can be “turned off” promptly and then reactivated.
And finally, we also recommend it as a backup solution or site recovery (business continuity) for the extra security it brings to your business information at a very competitive price. For example, a 50 GB backup solution would cost only € 5.23 * / month, and 500 GB € 18.53!