Key implementations to offer your clients
There are some key Azure implementations that you can offer to your clients. Here are 5 that are among the easiest to justify and configure:
Easy to spin up and massively scalable, a virtual machine can scale with a business as it grows, allowing you to extend current infrastructure or replace it entirely with a modern solution. This reduces capital expenditure ensuring a future proof solution benefitting a business of any size. Compute power is readily available to burst and scale during busy periods. Run business applications and innovate in an environment that can be turned on and off as needed.
Azure Virtual Machines have a broad range of performance levels and pricing options to suit, including reserved instances for cost-effective stable workloads, Azure is an exceptional VM solution. Throw in the power of numerous related Microsoft systems and you have a class-leading suite.
Customers providing a mobile app (or SaaS service with user logins) require data storage accessible from anywhere at all times, with demand varying significantly and spiking severely at moments of peak demand. Azure’s scalable architecture makes this easy to achieve, all while requiring very little input or maintenance from you or your customers.
There are two main options for storing data in an Azure database: using a single database for a given project, or assigning multiple projects to an elastic pool that dynamically allocates its resources to the tasks most in need (with the latter being most useful for offering a variety of apps with low demand on average). Either way, you’re able to scale up or down as needed.
Websites & Apps
Storing user and app data is one thing but storing websites and apps themselves is another. Meeting demand is critically important: a brief spell of downtime at an inconvenient juncture can prove disastrous to a company’s fortunes. Azure features two dedicated services — Web Apps and Mobile Apps — that allow users to easily host, scale, patch and sync their sites and apps.
With support for Windows and Linux, a wide range of languages (including .NET, .NET Core, Java, Ruby, Node.js, PHP and Python), connectors for third-party SaaS and social systems, easy and highly-secure sign-in, and a 99.95% uptime guarantee for all plans, Azure’s hosting facilities are world-class. Readily available connectors into some of the most popular social media and Web applications allow you to easily leverage AI and Cognitive services to maximise impact and engagement.
Backup and Disaster Recovery
Preserving and protecting data is mission-critical, but the quantities keep increasing, making the practice of backing data up considerably more arduous. Azure’s scaling storage and data encryption is a safe and scalable solution to meet the needs of modern businesses. Furthermore, the hybrid storage model grants a lot of freedom in deciding where to store data.
Azure’s backup features can be deployed in a single click whether you look to back up files and folders or a full machine. Critical data, which is imperative to the day to day running of a business, can also be further protected with Azure Disaster Recovery ensuring business continuity that is only billable in the event of a failover. Leveraging a pay-as-you-go storage model, the costs only scale up as the business grows.
Identity & Security
Remote working has essentially become a standard at this point, and the spread-out nature of many companies requires systems to be accessible from all locations without suffering from diminished levels of security. Azure can serve as a rock-solid base for an online system, featuring various component parts to ensure that access is both convenient and secure.
Supporting multi-factor authentication with a single sign-on, Azure Active Directory keeps the login process fast while preventing single points of security being used to gain unauthorised access. Admins can oversee everything from user access to resource distribution from the Security Center, empowering them to easily make changes as needed. Any business with questionable security standards can benefit immensely from moving to Azure.
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