Think ahead with Azure

Jan 23, 2017 6:05:00 AM / by Peter Shumaker

How will technology change in 5 years?

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Can you remember the job interview question you feared the most? Mine was “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”.  I think I answered with some clever rehearsed line, like “I see myself in your job in five years.”

Businesses, however, can’t ask where they want to be in 5 years without considering where they want their tech to be as well.

The way we handle our IT solutions has a direct impact on how we handle business, growth, and disaster. How do we build solutions now that will work later?

By building solutions that can evolve over time.

The need to build forward-thinking solutions with existing hardware is why understanding Azure is key to your next step.

Last week, in Why Azure, we talked about:

  • Why Azure is our cloud solution of choice
  • The merits of Azure’s security, support and cost.

Today, we’ll take an in-depth look at the two basic services Azure offers users-- IaaS and PaaS.

Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform. Users can buy service for storage, hosting, or running application on-demand from its global network of datacenters houses servers, storage, and software. Azure supports the largest number of operating systems, devices, databases languages, and tools.  Azure’s primary options are IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service)

   IaaS: What you get   

  • No on-premises server to manage and maintain
  • Access to Microsoft datacenters, servers, storage and software
  • Run your applications, operating system, and manage your data.

Why it matters

  • Increased security
  • Business as usual if on-premises servers fail 
  • Hybrid IT options (on-premises and off)
  • Cost + flexibility
  • Scalability for growth and/or use

How to use it

  • Increase your blob storage and power
  • Create hybrid solution for on-premises and off
  • Integrate Azure with your IT and use as much or as little cloud as you need.
  • Add security through secure private connections, data residency, and encryption features
  • Disaster recovery: have data on site and in the cloud

   PaaS: What you get   

  • Off-premises platform for building, testing, deploying, and managing cloud based applications
  • Development tools, business analytics features, and workflow, security, or scheduling features
  • Ability to provide the CPU, memory, and storage for applications as-needed

Why it matters

  • IaaS benefits +
  • Cut development time for applications
  • Add development capabilities
  • Application lifecycle management
  • Improve remote development

How to use it

  • Manage you service/product while PaaS handles your network and infrastructure.
  • Improve development, testing, and deployment speed
  • Streamline development, deployment, and management through one platform instead of buying software licenses for each application
  • Improve access and stability by scaling usage as needed 

MAKING MOVES

Which of the options above are best for your business? Menlo Technologies recommends learning about both so that you see how your current solutions can benefit from Azure’s features.

Even if you have an infrastructure in place, there are excellent options to leverage our on-site assets, benefit from off-site infrastructure and still be thinking 5 years ahead.

Learn more about Azure as you think ahead.  

We recommend reading 5 key benefits of the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure vs Amazon AWS: a quick cloud platform comparison for more information.

You can also contact us  with questions or to discuss an azure-readiness assessment.

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Topics: Azure

Peter Shumaker

Written by Peter Shumaker

Peter Shumaker is VP of Client Services for Menlo Technologies.

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