When it comes to the cloud computing marketplace, very few names can match up to the stature of Microsoft. Microsoft’s Azure is right up there with Amazon Web Services and Google, however, Microsoft Azure is a definite contender to be the market leader between the three. Azure is known for its ability to cater to both large and small businesses with ease, they are known for their ability to quickly scale up or down at a moment’s notice.
Microsoft Azure which was formerly known as Windows Azure includes infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS), as well as other features for management, security controls, mobility, networking, analytics and more. Azure also supports third-party software.
Azure comes with one of the biggest names in the business, Microsoft, and they have performed exceptionally considering the competition. Azure comes with a list of supported programs, there are tools for DevOps engineers, mobile application developers, web application developers and even media professionals. Azure has not left any stone unturned with their cloud service. Even If Azure was little late to the party, it has definitely made a presence for itself.
Needless to say, when a product is preceded by the name Microsoft, you can expect to be future ready. With Azure organization can opt for Big Data, AI, VR and Machine learning services. With these futuristic tools, organizations can plan and build their next idea at a marginal cost when compared with the competition.
With Azure’s compute services, developers are only limited by their imagination for their next big idea. Developers can get VMs, servers and testing services to make their dream come true, one of the popular product of Azure, the Compute service has helped many startups to stand up to some of the biggest names in the industries.
In a time where even business decisions are put through the scientific arena having the right tools can make sure that every decision is a business decision is a move forward. Analyze huge chunks of raw data with Azure’s Analytics tool.
Azure has more than 30 application aimed at DevOps and two categories has application entirely aimed at DevOps engineers. Almost all the popular DevOps tools are compatible with Azure, furthermore Azure made some changes to itself to make sure that it is most DevOps friendly cloud service out there.
Given the complexity of cloud computing, and the sheer number that comes with Azure, one might think that Azure is very difficult to manage and keep track of. To ease the headaches of an organization, most of the software and applications that out there are compatible on Azure and even the configuration applications such as Chef and Jenkins are supported by Azure making them perfect for an organization who want to adopt DevOps form of workflow.
When it comes to safety and privacy concerns, Microsoft has been in the forefront of it from day one of this issue. Their dedication to safety and privacy allows follows in their cloud service offering, in fact, Microsoft Azure is the first cloud service provider to recognized by the European Union and Azure also follows the international standards organization (ISO) 27018 privacy standard.
Azure comes with more than 100+ microservices, they are further divided into AI + Machine Learning, Analytics, Compute, Containers, Databases, Developer Tools, DevOps, Identity, Integration, Internet of Things, Management Tools, Media, Migration, Mobile, Networking, Security, Storage and the Web. Users and organizations can go beyond the categories and pick specific services, in short, they can mix and match services. The pricing is based on individual tools instead of categories.
Microsoft has data centres around the world, there are 22 regions, these 22 regions cater to 140 countries. Furthermore, Azure supports 10 native languages and can accept payments in 25 currencies. Even with this massive presence, users can choose between locally redundant storage (LRS) or geo-redundant storage (GRS) according to their needs.
With Azure, you can design, develop, and implement business-grade IOT, give your customers the best IOT services possible. Edge out your competition with IOT services which are practical and makes business sense.
Azure positioned itself as a cloud service which attracts fortune 500 companies as well the startup down the street. This is due to the flexibility which Azure allows, enterprises choose the cloud platform as per according to their needs.
Azure has recovery options which exceed what the competition has to offer, this recovery service comes as a standard service. This means that organizations don't have to spend extra on data recovery or on a secondary fail-safe infrastructure.
When compared with the Competition, Azure has the best pricing options which make them perfect for organizations who are planning to migrate to the cloud without significant investments. furthermore, Azure comes with a financial management service which helps users to oversee how they are spent on different cloud applications.
Migrating to Azure takes a lot less time when compared with the competition, with services that range from Big Data to testing, all your projects can find a place where they truly belong. Whatever the ventricles your organization caters to, Azure can help you there.
Whatever the size of your organization or even your application, Azure can rapidly scale up or down according to your demands. When compared with the competition this process of scaling up or down happens at a good click. Thus the reason why Azure is well received by organizations of various sizes.
Be organization which relies on data to make business decisions with Azure data analytics service. This service helps you to make decisions which will have a long-term positive effect on your organization.