Cloud computing is quickly gaining ground in the business world and Microsoft Azure is taking the lead. About 84% of enterprises had a multi-cloud strategy in 2019. Gartner’s Top Strategic Trends for 2021 has established that organizations require a strong AI strategy to make sure that their projects don’t stall.
With cloud computing showing no signs of reducing in its application and Microsoft taking a strong lead, it is important to examine what Azure Cloud is and how it impacts businesses and what Microsoft would be doing with it in the future.
What is Microsoft Azure?
Azure Cloud is a cloud platform that provides both low-level cloud solutions and high-level infrastructure. The infrastructure makes it possible for companies to run their applications in a scalable, elastic, and redundant environment hosted in the cloud.
Signing up on the Azure Cloud platform gives you access to over 200 products and cloud services that are designed to offer new solutions to your business operations. It is designed to solve modern business challenges and help build a future that would be unimaginable without cloud computing.
With Microsoft Azure, you can build, run and manage applications across multiple clouds, on-premises, and at the edge with great tools of your liking.
Why Azure Cloud holds the future of cloud services?
Virtually everything in the digital world has a connection with the cloud in some way. As tech giants focus on developing new ways of organizing, processing, and presenting data, cloud computing is slowly becoming part and parcel of our everyday lives.
In the recent past, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Amazon Web Services have provided cloud computing and cloud storage services. Newer entrants such as Vultr and Linode have also made inroads into the space.
What do you think is the future of cloud computing? How will it affect future business strategies, and to what extent? Concepts such as decentralized cloud computing and serverless cloud may start trickling into your mind.
Let’s get to the details of how Azure Cloud is soaring into the future.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Azure today is synonymous with Infrastructure as a Service. IaaS is the primary low-level public cloud service used to provide instant computing infrastructure. It is managed over the internet.
IaaS is unique because it is less expensive and is a simple way of managing physical servers and data center infrastructure. It offers essential storage, computing, and networking resources on demand.
With all the amazing computing benefits that come with it, adopting an IaaS solution for your organization helps reduce maintenance of on-premises data centers, gain real-time business insights and save money that would have been spent purchasing and maintaining hardware.
Organizations are keen on the scalability of their business operations, and more emphasis will be put on this in the future. IaaS solutions give businesses the flexibility to scale their IT resources up or down as their needs change. They also have a provision for you to quickly introduce new applications, further increasing the reliability of your infrastructure.
With IaaS, you will not incur the costs of buying and managing physical servers and data center infrastructure. Besides, you only have to pay for the resources you need since each one of them is offered separately.
Azure Data and Analytics
Azure data and analytics provide unified data governance that helps organizations do away with data challenges and shape their future.
Azure Cloud makes the future look bright by offering the general availability of Azure Synapse Analytics, a limitless analytics service that provides business insights with an emphasis on enterprise data warehousing, Big Data, and data integration.
Azure Synapse Analytics combines various capabilities, among them, machine learning, business intelligence, and data engineering. Simply put, Azure Synapse Analytics securely and seamlessly unifies your company’s data in one location.
You can get started with Azure’s machine learning features in this guide from Iteration Insights.
No other player in the tech industry beats Azure Cloud in offering secure cloud computing. Microsoft leverages several years of being a productivity solution provider and being an enterprise operating system to provide top-shelf security to all the information hosted in their cloud products.
Microsoft Azure has put together several resources to ensure organizations’ on-site data centers are secure. They update their systems on a regular basis to make their systems immune to external threats.
Once you have purchased Azure Cloud services, you will gain access to all elements related to the security of your information. All their customers have access to the latest threat detection and prevention technologies.
There is a range of security solutions and architecture that come with Azure Cloud. They include Information Protection which enables organizations to classify and protect specific information, documents, and emails by applying labels to them, and Advanced Threat Protection and Threat Intelligence.
Azure Cloud threat monitoring agents generate real-time security alerts and threat intelligence reports which provide insights into the attackers, their motives, and their tactics.
Improved business sustainability and scalability
Many businesses will be expanding their operations in the future. If they want to do so without major hiccups, they should adopt Microsoft Azure Cloud technology which provides scalability to businesses.
Under normal circumstances, it is quite costly and time-consuming to expand a business and provide it with new infrastructure. Azure Cloud guarantees the availability of services throughout the year, thanks to its many data centers the world over. As if that is not enough, Microsoft is planning to add even more servers.
Azure Cloud boasts of having a physical infrastructure in every continent. This allows for replication in the case where an organization would like to expand beyond the borders of one continent.
There is no doubt that Azure Cloud is a game-changer in cloud computing. The public cloud service, IaaS, for instance, is making cloud computing very easy while providing a simple way of managing physical servers and data center infrastructure. If you picture the future of cloud computing, you are probably thinking serverless cloud, enhanced data security, improved business analytics, and business scalability. Azure Cloud provides it all. It holds the future of cloud computing in its hands – or in the cloud – so to speak!