Azure, the cloud computing platform and infrastructure from the house of Microsoft, is a consortium of cloud services, including computing, analytics, networking, mobile, storage, and web. Leveraging the global network of Microsoft-managed data center, the platform lets you build, deploy and manage an array of applications and services. Microsoft Windows Azure offers a smart way for businesses to integrate on-premises apps and data. Continuing the discussion further, in this post, we look at the benefits of azure cloud. Let’s begin:
Open and Flexible
One of the main advantages of Azure is that it supports a large number of operating systems, frameworks, devices, programming languages, tools, and databases. You can run Linux container with Docker integration, .Net, Node.js, Python, Java, and PHP, build backend for iOS, Windows, and Android, and do a lot more.
Users don’t need to make a choice between cloud and data center, unlike it is with other similar platforms. Azure has a hybrid database, largest network of secure private connection, data residency, storage solutions, and encryption features that help in easy integration of the platform with existing IT environment. Azure Stack lets the user bring Azure model of application development and deployment to own data center.
Businesses can scale up or down their IT requirements with the pay-as-you-go services of Azure. Microsoft gives per-minute billing option to users and a commitment to match its competitor’s prices for bandwidth, compute, storage and other services.
Cloud services of Azure come with scalable, automatic load-balancing partitioning and is available with 99.9 percent monthly SLA. Other features include:
- Accessibility through several libraries including Ruby, .NET, PHP, JAVA, etc.
- Up to 100 TB size limit per account
- Only 14 cents per GB per month
- Data replication for resilience and protection
*Three copies saved in same data center and other three copies geo-replicated in another data center
The database of Azure is built on the SQL Server Technology. Developers don’t need to set-up, install, or configure the database infrastructure. All that they need to do is define the name, edition, and size of the database. SQL Azure uses T-SQL language and same tools as SQL server management to manage the database.
Last Few Words
Microsoft has heavily invested in Azure over the past years and has six data centers in three continents to serve millions of users. The company has made a commitment about the protection and privacy, the reason being many businesses are still hesitant about using the cloud. Azure is growing every day and so are its users looking for a reliable, secure, and feature-rich cloud platform.
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