Cloud platforms are available from various vendors including vendors, Amazon, IBM and Google, but here’s why we believe Microsoft Azure is the best choice…
Familiarity of Windows
Azure is based on Windows platform, so you can write applications within the same programming languages that you’ve used for Windows apps. You can also use other familiar tools including Visual Studio along with ASP.NET and other familiar window technologies. This makes it easier for firms to find developers who already have the skills to provide applications for Azure platform.
64-bit Windows VMs
Applications which run on Azure operate on virtual machines, the hypervisor on which they run is designed specifically for the cloud. There’s no need to supply your own VMs or manage and maintain the OS because apps have been developed using Web role instances or worker role instances that will run in their own VMs. The apps interoperate with other Azure components through a Windows Azure agent that runs in each VM. With Azure, you can focus on the code and there’s no need to worry about the hardware.
Microsoft offers a Windows Azure software development kit (SDK), this includes a version of the Azure system which you can run on your own computer. This is referred to as the Windows Azure Development Fabric and it provides the Azure agent and storage. There’s the option to work locally when it comes to developing and debugging an application and then you can move it over to the cloud.
Scalable and flexible
Through using Azure, you can also easily create applications that will operate reliably as well as scaling from thousands to even millions of users, without any additional coding. Azure Storage offers a very scalable, secure, performance-efficient storage solution located in the cloud.
Value for money pricing
Taking advantage of resources in the cloud allows you to decrease your costs for building and expanding your on-premises resources. You can also reduce the cost of IT administration because the hardware is being taken care of for you, off-premises. The cost of creating, testing, debugging, and distributing Web-based applications goes down because you have to pay only for the computer processing time and storage space you need at a given time.
Cloud data centre
SQL Azure offer businesses with a range of benefits including an enterprise-class data centre, this comes without the difficulties of arranging and managing as well as the cost of maintaining. You’ll also get high availability and reliability when it comes to redundant copies of your data and automatic failover. There’s no need to worry about backing up data yourself.
Helpful support resources
As Azure uses the same tools and technologies as the other Windows platforms available, you can take advantage of this well-established support structure within Microsoft as well as the company-provided resources and a huge ecosystem of Windows developers. There’s always someone that can be on hand should an issue arise.
Azure means that you can develop a range of hybrid applications these will allow your on-premises applications to also use the cloud services, this covers the cloud database and storage services. Communications services also work between on-premises applications and the cloud, as well as mobile devices.
Azure supports open standards and Internet protocols, including HTTP, XML, SOAP, and REST. There’s SDKs for Java, PHP, and Ruby, for applications written in those languages, and Azure tools for Eclipse.
Knowing your security tends to be one of the biggest concerns for the majority of companies who are considering a move to the cloud. Microsoft designed Azure with security in mind and the .NET Access Control Service offers a way to integrate identities and Security Assertion Mark-up Language (SAML) tokens are also used by applications, this is to determine whether a user is allowed access. Microsoft has designed its compliance framework to meet a range of regulatory requirements.
Windows Azure can help benefit a range of hosting providers, including ISVs, systems integrators, and also custom software developers. Hosting providers who can expand their services to areas where they don’t have existing infrastructure and add new services without more infrastructure investment. ISVs can also use Azure when it comes to creating, deploying, and managing Web apps and SaaS without having to spend a fortune. They can then be scaled to those applications which are more quickly and cost effectively. Systems integrators can also take advantage of Azure’s skills to work with existing on-premise infrastructures. Custom software developers have the ability to create software solutions for those customers who can’t afford the costs of in-house development, including hardware costs, and they can deliver their applications to customers as services without have to build and maintain an expensive data centre.