About this course
App service planning
Blob storage Fundamentals
Microsoft Azure Essentials
- Azure Landscape & Design Patterns - An Overview
- Why use Azure Cloud?
- AWS vs Azure - A Perspective
- Introduction to Microsoft Azure
- Azure Virtual Machines
- Availability Sets in Azure
- Azure App Service Plan
- Resource Groups
- Azure Storage
- Blob Storage
- Azure Table
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What is Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure is the cloud service provider by Microsoft that provides a range of cloud computing services. It excels in computation, storage, and security services along with other domains in cloud computing. When we talk about cloud solutions and global cloud infrastructure, Microsoft tops the list as a global cloud leader. It provides cloud services in more than 140 countries in the form of Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). It also provides managed services and gives great meaning to serverless computing. What makes Azure most popular is how easily it integrates with Microsoft products. Let us now get into the benefits of Microsoft Azure that make it so popular among organisations across the globe.
Benefits of Microsoft Azure
Organisations across the globe are using and implementing Microsoft Azure Cloud Services and that opens up career opportunities for skilled cloud professionals who hold good knowledge of the Azure platform. Here are some of the reasons why Azure is among the top choices when it comes to deploying cloud services within organisations.
While hosting applications, one might never be sure of the exact amount of resources that would be required. This is the nature of the businesses relying on varying traffic levels and it forces businesses to invest a lot in the planning stage.
Microsoft Azure helps organisations save all this effort and cost by providing on-demand scalability. It ensures that the data and application are distributed well enough so that you are never short of server space. Applications do not run on a single server and that enables them to be available even in the direst situations. As compared to an on-premise architecture, applications function very differently on the Azure platform as the resources are structured properly and can scale at will and in no time.
Since you can scale and configure at your own will with Azure, you are not required to heavily invest when it comes to infrastructure costs. Organisations have the option to pay as they use and hence the upfront costs are reduced drastically. Also, by signing contracts with Azure, organisations get to avail heavy discounts on their services.
Enables Hybrid Environments
Cloud is not a one fit solution for all organisations alike. Different businesses have their unique set of problems and hence unique requirements. Also, not all businesses would not be in a state to migrate to the cloud completely due to compliance or other reasons.
They say cloud is not a one fit solution for all. It is true indeed because every business will have its own set of problems. And not all businesses will always be in a state where they can migrate to the cloud entirely. While other platforms suffer here, as people either have to migrate to those platforms or call it off totally, Microsoft Azure benefits with its Hybrid approach. Meaning, with Microsoft Azure you can build Hybrid infrastructures, where your resources can partially reside on the cloud and can partially operate from an on-premise infrastructure. Hence you are safe from costly workaround.
Big data Applications
Hadoop and Big data are the need of the hour. With data increasing exponentially we need applications that can help process this data. Microsoft Azure brings this capability of processing large volumes of data on top of its cloud platform. Azure HDinsight ensures you can use Apache Hadoop as a cloud solution. This is a power-packed service that lets you deal with large data volumes. That means your data crunching becomes easier.
It also readily integrates with data visualization tools and also lets you move your data to excel. This means your data visualization concerns are resolved quickly. With excel you can create visualizations and with PowerBI integrating with Microsoft Azure your data be converted into any visual that you require.
Microsoft has been in the software industry for decades. It has wide reach in the software market and not many can compete with it when it comes to customer base and stack of products it offers. The advantage for Microsoft Azure here is that it readily integrates with most of these products. Be it, connecting to SaaS, PaaS, IaaS applications or even something like Visual Studio or Active Directory, Microsoft Azure has you covered. Hence you can now leverage ERPs and CRMs to enhance your business capacity to a greater level.
So should you be worrying if you do not use Microsoft Products. The answer is ‘NO’. You can even connect to or integrate many third party applications and services to widen your business reach.
Storage and Security
Storage is very critical to any application. It is no different for applications running on cloud. As already discussed, the volume of data we handle these days is huge. It also comes in different formats and from different sources. Your Storage resources have to adept enough to handle this data. Microsoft Azure has you covered here as well It lets you store data in form of files, objects, structured and unstructured data and a lot more. This happens reliable and securely.
Talking of security Microsoft Azure ensures high level of security for your applications. It ensures all the resources in Azure cloud are guarded with firewalls and data is moved over the network with encryption. You have access to authentication and access management meaning you data and application are secure to the core.
Scheduling and Automation
Everyone hates doing repetitive tasks. What if we could automate mundane tasks or recurring tasks be it fetching some data, setting up triggers or scaling your resources when needed? Microsoft Azure does that for you ensuring you can utilise your workforce for more productive outcomes and get rid of stagnancy or repetition of work.
Data Backup and Recovery
Data Backup ensures you have a copy of your data maintained in case if your primary copy of data or resources is lost. With Microsoft Azure, you have an option of backing up your data in different Azure regions or data centres. You can maintain as many as six copies of your data. This signifies that the chance of losing your data on Microsoft Azure is minimal. When it comes to reliability your data is available 99.9 percent.
So this was About the benefits of Microsoft Azure. Let us go ahead see do customers have to about Microsoft Azure and what are some of the popular use cases it has to offer to us.
Microsoft Azure, as the name suggests, is Microsoft’s Cloud platform that lets you test, build, deploy, and even manage applications that are placed in Microsoft Azure’s data centers or Availability Zones. It has all three service model solutions just like AWS, which are infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service. It lets you integrate with different open source and Microsoft Stack of products/tools and programming languages.
It was announced in 2008 but was released on February 1, 2020, as Windows Azure and later on renamed to Microsoft Azure as we know it today.
Azure is similar to AWS and offers a variety of products and solutions for app developers. The Azure platform offers good processing and computing power. It is capable of deploying and managing virtual machines at scale. Azure can also run large-scale “parallel batch computing” – a unique feature that it shares with AWS over the Google Cloud Platform.