As more and more businesses are turning away from their
on-premise data centers, they’re choosing Microsoft Azure,
Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, as their cloud vendor.
Using Azure, companies are able to build, scale, or store their
To understand how Azure can benefit your business, it’s
important to understand what it is and how it’s used, all of
which we’ll discuss below. You’ll also learn how JourneyTEAM
can help you migrate from your outdated data center to the
versatility and flexibility of the cloud.
The Definition of Cloud Computing
Understanding the basics of cloud computing provides a better
understanding of what Azure is and how it works. The simplest
definition of cloud computing is the delivery of various services
through the internet such as data storage, databases, servers,
applications, networking, and software. With cloud computing, you
have access to these tools and resources directly through the web
rather than on a hard drive or on-premise device. This essentially
allows you to access business tools, software, and applications
from anywhere with a reliable internet connection. Google Drive and
Microsoft OneDrive are examples of cloud computing.
The Basics of Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure is Microsoftâs public cloud platform. Within
this platform, you can build and deploy applications and services
using the tools and resources within the platform. You can pick and
choose which tools youâd like to use to scale new applications or
run existing ones within the cloud. Azure features a large
database and directory of services available to users. This
includes file storage, database, virtual machines, services for web
and mobile apps, and backups.
Azure provides three different levels of cloud
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): This is an
instant computing infrastructure that runs directly on the cloud
rather than on a traditional on-premise data center. With IaaS,
users can run operating systems and applications on the systems
with little maintenance and low operating costs.
Platform as a Service (PaaS): This service is
a total development and deployment environment that features
resources to help you build and deploy anything from simple
cloud-based applications to sophisticated programs. Youâre able
to pick and choose which resources you need from the cloud provider
and only pay for what you need.
Software as a Service (SaaS): This is a
complete software service that allows users to connect to use and
cloud-based apps on the internet. Microsoft 365 is an example of
The Pizza as a Service Example
To explain how cloud computing works in comparison with
on-premise data centers, Albert Barron created the Pizza as a
Made at home: When you make a pizza at home,
you have to assemble the entire pizza. From gathering the
ingredients and preparing it, to baking it. On-premise computing is
similar to this. Your team is responsible for your entire
infrastructure from the networking stack to the data center and
everything in between.
Take and bake: When you order a pizza from
Papa Murphyâs, you can choose from their list of ingredients
which theyâll assemble, but youâre responsible for baking it
and providing a place for it to be eaten. IaaS is similar to this
method. Managing the operating system is your responsibility while
the cloud vendor manages services like networking and
Pizza delivered: When you order a pizza, the
only thing youâre responsible for is providing a place for it to
be eaten. With PaaS, your IT team is responsible for managing your
business data and applications while the cloud provides you with
numerous networking services and tools.
Eating out: When you go out to eat and order a
pizza, everything is delivered right to you. SaaS is similar to
eating out. The whole technology stack is provided to you via the
How Azure is Used
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that is fast,
flexible, and affordable. This makes it one of the most popular
platforms on the market. Because of its agility, there are a number
of ways to put the solution to work in your organization. This
- Replacing or segmenting your on-premise service
- Virtual computing
- Build and scale mobile and web applications
- SQL databases
- Enhance and implement disaster recovery and backup
- Innovate with IoT solutions
As new technology emerges, Microsoft will continue to add more
services, tools, and resources to Azure to help you do even more in
The Benefits of Microsoft Azure
According to one statistic, about 90% of Fortune 500 companies
are using Azure to run their business. The success companies have
seen from using the tools and resources available in Azure are just
some of the reasons organizations have chosen the solution for
their business. Additional benefits of using Azure include:
Leading IaaS and PaaS capabilities: The IaaS
services available within Azure allow organizations to outsource
their entire infrastructure on the cloud while PaaS enables them to
build and deploy applications without buying and maintaining the
underlying groundwork. Each of these services are helping
organizations accelerate their growth.
Scalability: When an app is created, it can
easily scale from just a few users to millions without additional
Hybrid capabilities: If youâre still using
some of the services on your on-prem server, Azure creates a
reliable platform between both servers. Few solutions provide the
range of hybrid capabilities, which includes content delivery
networks, VPNs, and ExpressRoute connections.
Cost efficiency: Microsoft Azure is a
pay-as-you-go platform. You only pay for the services and tools you
need, which cuts down on IT administration costs.
Security offerings: Azure was designed on the
leading security process system Security Development Lifecycle
(SDL). With this platform, data is safeguarded, secure, and
protected. Plus, Azure is the first solution to use ISO 27018,
which is the new standard for cloud security.
Work with an Award-Winning Microsoft Gold Partner as you Migrate to
No matter your reason for adopting Microsoft Azure, JourneyTEAM
can help you integrate the solution with ease. Our team of
professionals can help you navigate these services and put them to
work for you. Contact us today to get started with Azure.
JourneyTEAM has more than 20 years of experience in delivering
IT solutions to businesses. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner,
weâve worked closely with Microsoft to carefully provide
organizations with Microsoft products, including SharePoint, Azure,
Office 365, Dynamics 364, SL, AX, GP, NAV, and CRM, and make them
work for you. Whether youâre in need of a collaboration,
marketing, sales, or productivity solution, JourneyTEAM can help
you find the right technology for your business. To learn more
about our team, visit our website at www.journeyteam.com.
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