In today's world, it has become important to store the enormous amounts of data that we receive and unabashedly consume. Now imagine if all this would have been stored manually in large drives and computers, it would be an impossible task to keep this organised and to also retrieve any information whenever we want.
Enter ‘Cloud Computing’, the easy way to store data and even form data. Cloud Computing is using a computer without using it actually. In addition the extra security, accessibility and easy to use features act as a cherry on the top.
Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest-growing forms of cloud computing and has the second-largest market in the industry. So let’s learn about cloud computing and why is Azure considered to be the golden standard in the Cloud computing business.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is a technology that provides access to innumerable computing assets available over the internet. All you need to do is use your computer or mobile device to connect to your cloud service provider through the internet. Once connected, you get access to computing resources, which may include serverless computing, virtual machines, storage, and various other things.
Cloud computing ecosystem
As Wikipedia describes it, cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage (cloud storage) and computing power, without direct active management by the user.
It is basically providing space for people to take advantage of many services such as storage, intelligence, analytics, software, etc. at a single place for faster and flexible utilization. AWS is the most widely used cloud computing platform.
Advantages of Cloud Computing
If your business requires an increase, you can easily increase your cloud capacity without having to invest in physical infrastructure. Scalability in a capsule provides high-yielding resources with professional solutions and zero up-front investment.
Understanding Microsoft Azure
Azure is a cloud computing platform that allows you to access and manage cloud services and resources provided by Microsoft. These services and resources include storing your data and modifying it, depending on your needs.
Azure was launched on February 1, 2010, significantly later than its main competitor, Amazon web services(AWS). It’s free to create an account and follows a pay-per-use model, which means you pay only for the services you opt for.
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Azure provides more than 200 services that are divided into 18 categories. These categories include computing, networking, storage, IoT, migration, mobile, analytics, containers, artificial intelligence, and other machine learning, integration, management tools, developer tools, security, databases, DevOps, media identity, and web services. Even though, Azure is also one of the top 10 Big Data Analytics tools.
What are the Azure Services?
Virtual Machine- This enables you to create a virtual machine in Windows, Linux or any other configuration within seconds. In simple words, Virtual machines are emulations of physical computers, and they include all the components just like a normal computer. It is an IaaS(Internet as a Service) service.
Cloud Service- This service lets you create expandable applications within the cloud. Once the application is deployed, everything, including furnishing, load balancing, and health monitoring, is taken care of by Microsoft Azure.
(Related blog: Google Compute Engine in Google Cloud)
CDN overview, Source
Express Route- This service lets you sync your official network to the Microsoft cloud or any other services that you want, through a private connection. So, the only exchange of information that will happen here will be between the enterprise network and the service that you want. As the connection is private, the traffic does not go over the internet.
Working of ExpressRoute, source: doc.microsoft.com
Virtual network- The virtual network allows you to work between two Azure services privately and securely. You can also connect virtual networks to each other, allowing resources in either virtual network to communicate with each other, using virtual network peering.
Azure DNS- This service allows you to host your own DNS domains or system domains on Azure. By hosting your domains in Azure, you can manage your DNS records by using the same credentials, APIs, tools, and billing as your other Azure privileges.
Why use Azure?
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities
Azure boasts a flawless combination of IaaS and PaaS services. IaaS enables enterprises to outsource their infrastructure on Azure and only pay for what they consume and PaaS lets them create their own web applications and solutions without having to buy and thus maintain the underlying groundwork.
Azure has been designed with the highly secure SDL(Security Development Lifecycles) process. Private data and services stay safe and secure on the Azure Cloud. Microsoft Azure offers the best compliance coverage among the rest, of over 50 compliance offerings and is the most trusted cloud platform by U.S. government institutions.
Unmatched Hybrid Capabilities
Azure provides a broad range of functions including virtual private networks (VPNs), caches, content delivery networks (CDNs), and ExpressRoute which make Azure truly a Hybrid beast. These functions allow easy mobility and Azure to be a reliable bridge between the on-premise public cloud.
Organizations dependent on Microsoft tools and accessories like Office 365, Outlook and SharePoint, would surely invest in a cloud platform that impeccably integrates with Microsoft products. It simplifies working as it uses the same virtual on-premise machines like Windows and Linux.
Microsoft’s pay-as-you-go model requires you to only pay for what you use to build or expand resources using Azure services. This cuts down the IT administration costs to a minimum as infrastructure is taken care of by Microsoft on Azure.
It connects datacenters to the cloud effortlessly and supports 42 regions like no other cloud platform. In addition, 12 data centres are more on the way, taking the total to 54 data centres across the globe.
Azure has proven home to tons of data and has secured a reputed name in the industry. The future is Cloud computing and Microsoft Azure proves it why it is the best in the field.
All the features and privileges paralleled with the assurity of Microsoft make it the most highly recommendable of the lot.