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Microsoft Azure Cloud

Microsoft Azure- Introduction

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services – analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web – for moving faster, achieving more and saving money.

Microsoft Azure Offering

Compute Services

Windows Azure currently offers four different compute services.

  • Virtual Machines – Create, deploy and manage virtual machines running in the Windows Azure Cloud.
  • Web Sites – Create new websites or migrate your existing business websites into the cloud
  • Cloud Services – Build and deploy highly available and almost infinitely scalable applications with low administration costs.
  • Mobile Services – Build and deploy apps and storing data for mobile devices

Network Services

Windows Azure currently offers two different network services.

  • VirtualNetwork – Treat the Windows Azure public cloud as if it is an extension of your on-premises datacenter.
  • Traffic Manager – Route application traffic for the user who is using the application to Windows Azure datacenters.

Data Services

Windows Azure currently offers six different data services:

  • Data Management – Store your business data in SQL databases using Windows Azure SQL, database, using NoSQL Tables via REST, or using BLOB storage.
  • Business Analytics – Enables ease of discovery and data enrichment using Microsoft SQL server Reporting and Analysis services.
  • HDInsight – Brings a 100 percent Apache Hadoop solution to the cloud.
  • Cache – Provides a distributed caching solution that can help speed up your cloud-based applications and reduce database load.
  • Backup – Helps you protect your server data offsite by using automated and manual backups to Windows Azure.
  • Recovery Manager – Hyper-V Recovery Manager helps you protect business critical services by coordinating the replication and recovery of System Center 2012 private clouds at a secondary location.

Application Services

Windows Azure currently offers six different app services:

  • Media Services- Allows you to build workflows for the creation, management, and distribution of media using the Windows Azure public cloud.
  • Notification Hubs – Provides a highly scalable, cross-platform push notification infrastructure for applications running on mobile devices.
  • Messaging – Allows you to help your apps connected across you provide cloud environment and the Windows Azure public cloud.
  • BizTalk Services – Provides Business-to-Business (B2B) and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) capabilities for delivering cloud and hybrid integration solutions.
  • Active Directory – Provides you with identity management and access control capabilities for your cloud applications.
  • Multifactor Authentication – Provides an extra layer of authentication, in addition to the user’s account credentials, in order to better secure access for both on-premises and cloud applications.
Microsoft Azure Benefits

Moves Faster

  • Never waits for servers or infrastructure again
  • Fast provisioning times
  • No capacity problem

Saves Money

  • Pay only for what you use (including licenses)
  • Scale Out/In or Up/Down resources only when needed
  • Shut down resources when they are not needed
  • Full OPEX

Lowers Your Risk

  • High available & redundant
  • No data lost with 3 local & 3 geo copies
  • Hi-tech security
  • 95% monthly SLA

Integrates with on-premises

  • Extended your network to cloud with site-to-site VPN
  • Manage private & public cloud with App Controller

Rich Services

  • IaaS: (Infrastructure as a Service)
  • PaaS: (Platform as a Service)
  • SaaS: (Software as a Service)

Heterogeneity

  • Languages
  • CMS
  • Devices
  • Databases
  • Operating Systems