5 key benefits of the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform

May 13, 2016 2:36:36 PM / by Laura Shumaker

Azure, Microsoft's premiere cloud platform 

From time to time, we like to brag just a little about the merits of the technology partners we work with. Microsoft, and their premiere cloud platform Azure, is just one of them. 

azure.pngMicrosoft’s Azure has contributed to significant revenue growth for the software pioneer since its launch in 2010, coinciding with the company’s ongoing transition into the cloud market by forming strategic partnerships with cloud leaders including Salesforce.com.

Microsoft Azure is a robust platform-as-a-service (PaaS) platform and the only major cloud platform that is a leader for infrastructure as a service (IaaS), as ranked by Gartner. Forbes recently predicted that annual revenue for Azure would be close to $2.3 billion.

Azure is gaining momentum, becoming the cloud infrastructure of choice for many IT professionals. Here are five reasons we think you should give Azure a look:

  1. Azure is closely integrated with other Microsoft tools: For organizations that are reliant on Microsoft tools like SharePoint, Office 365 and Outlook, investing in a cloud platform that seamlessly integrates with Microsoft products makes sense. Organizations can also use the same virtual machines in Azure that they use on-premises, such as Windows and Linux, which further simplifies operations. Many industry experts expect Azure to slowly but surely gain adoption due to this ability to offer users a completely seamless and integrated service package.
  1. Azure a Microsoft product: We know, that is a given, but it should never be undersated that Microsoft just about the most credible and reliable brand in history.The company’s technology powers some of the world’s most recognizable and widely used tools such as Skype, Bing and Xbox. For many organizations, especially those smaller in size, this brings a certain security to deploying Azure.  

  1. IaaS and PaaS: Azure combines of IaaS (managed) and PaaS (unmanaged) services. IaaS enables companies to outsource their cloud computing infrastructure and pay for only for what they use. PaaS allows companies to create their own Web apps and/or software without having to buy and maintain the underlying infrastructure. This enables organizations to customize their cloud software—like Office 365, for example—to meet their exact specifications and requirements. Because Azure is an industry leader in both of these categories, companies can more quickly and easily build, deploy and manage applications.
  1. Azure is reliable: Azure is backed by Microsoft’s growing number of global managed data centers. Microsft has data centers across 19 regions, has 99.95 percent availability and 24/7 tech support and health monitoring.
  1. Azure provides strong BI and analytics support: Azure provides managed SQL and NoSQL data services and built-in support for digging deeper into data and uncovering key insights for improving business processes and decision making. Specifically, organizations can leverage their SQL Server in the cloud and can use HDInsight, Microsoft Azure’s Apache Hadoop-based cloud service, to build Hadoop clusters to more deeply analyze data.

You know what your business needs are, and Menlo Technologies knows Azure. Contact us.


 

Speaking of Microsoft, we'll be at the Power BI Embedded event in San Francisco next week and will report back.

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Laura Shumaker

Written by Laura Shumaker

Laura Shumaker is on the marketing team of Menlo Technologies. She's been writing about health and tech for over 10 years.

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