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Azure As A Cloud Computing Platform

July 11, 2022

Azure is Microsoft's public cloud computing platform and it provides:

  • Software as a service (SaaS)
  • Infrastructure as a service (PaaS)

The infrastructure-as-a-service model (IaaS)

Azure supports several operating systems, databases, and development tools and offers more than 600 cloud services. And the best part (according to our estimation)? Splunk On-Call interacts with Microsoft Azure to enhance incident response for Azure-based settings for on-call teams.

 

What is the colour Azure?

At its core, Azure replaces or supplements your on-premises infrastructure. And that's not all; Azure also provides many other services that improve the operation of multiple departments inside your organisation and help you address crucial business issues.

For example, you can...

  • Obtain insights from massive data using Azure analytics.
  • Manage billions of Internet of Things devices on a unified Azure platform.
  • Obtain scalable and secure cloud data storage.
  • Automate your development, testing, and deployment using DevOps, and distribute content without latency issues throughout the globe.

 

Some popular Azure services

Below is a summary of some of the most popular Microsoft Azure services and how you may leverage them throughout your architecture. Application, data, development, compute, and network services will be examined.

 

Azure application services

Azure application services enable the creation, deployment, and maintenance of diverse applications on the Azure platform. These consist of:

  • Azure AI
  • Azure Analytics
  • Azure IoT
  • Active Directory Azure (AD)
  • Azure Media Services
  • Azure Scheduler

Consider the three most prominent application services.

Azure AI

Microsoft Azure gives your AI teams instant access to AI and ML services, allowing you to engage with customers, empower workers, and optimise business processes across your organisation.

Your developers may design interactive applications on Azure's AI Platform, which offers natural language processing, speech recognition, voice synthesis, face detection, video indexing, and text analytics. In addition, Microsoft Azure Bot Service publishes intelligent agents on various platforms (website, messaging services, email, SMS, etc.) that can be utilised to build smart chat apps.

 

Azure Analytics

With Azure's analytics package, you can process and analyse enormous volumes of data to make well-informed, crucial business choices. It enables your analytics team to execute complex queries over vast data sets and obtain relevant insights.

The analytics solution, which Apache supports, provides an interactive real-time workspace for your data engineers, data scientists, and business analysts working on shared projects, allowing them to undertake real-time analysis of big data sets on a variety of topics efficiently.

 

Internet of Things for Azure (IoT)

Azure IoT provides your business with a platform and services for developing internet of things solutions without reinventing the wheel.

 

  • IoT Central (SaaS) from Azure provides preconfigured solutions.
  • Azure IoT solution accelerators provide greater flexibility for developing a tailored solution for your business.
  • Azure IoT Hub is the foundational platform (PaaS) that supports Azure IoT Central and Azure IoT solution accelerators.

 

In addition, Azure IoT provides several SDKs and integration support for connecting various IoT devices and extracting insights from incoming data through powerful analytics and visualisation.

Azure data services

In the cloud, Azure data services store and handle data. Microsoft Azure includes an assortment of data services:

  • Azure Storage
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure DocumentDB
  • Azure StorSimple
  • Azure Redis Cache

 

Let's examine Azure Storage, one of Microsoft Azure's most widespread data offerings.

Azure Storage

The data storage service of Microsoft Azure provides secure, scalable cloud storage for both organised and unstructured data. Using Azure Storage, your data security professionals can assure the safe and seamless integration of your on-premises and cloud data.

Azure Storage includes numerous storage choices such as blob, queue, file, and NoSQL. Depending on your organisation’s needs, you can store data of any size, from little chunks to enormous files, without compromising the production environment.

 

Azure development services

Microsoft Azure provides various development tools and services to improve software development and deployment. Here's a quick look at one of Microsoft's essential services, Azure DevOps, which enables continuous customer delivery.

 

Azure DevOps

With its quick and dependable tools, Microsoft Azure DevOps technology may assist you in delivering your software without any complications. Azure DevOps streamlines the software delivery process and accelerates software development by offering an alternative to self-managed CI/CD servers and open-source DevOps technologies. It is an adaptable platform that may supplement your existing tools and IDEs, and the Marketplace offers hundreds of integrations.

Azure computing services

Azure compute services are the hosting services tasked with hosting and executing application workloads. Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), Azure Container Service, Azure App Services, Azure Batch, and Azure ServiceFabric are included.

Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Container Service are the most widely utilised compute services.

 

Azure Virtual Machines (VMs)

Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) are scalable, on-demand computing resources. The flexibility of virtualisation eliminates the need to purchase physical hardware and cover maintenance costs.

Your cloud admins must only:

Choose an operating system.

Configure the necessary resources.

Establish the web server

 

Azure facilitates the utilisation of container-based development approaches and microservices architecture. Azure Service Fabric enables the migration of.NET programmes to microservices utilising Windows Server containers. In addition, the Azure Kubernetes Service may be used to scale and orchestrate Linux containers.

Choose between Docker Hub and Azure Container Registry to store and deploy your images. Additionally, it simplifies and optimises the configuration procedure for the cloud. The primary benefit is that it consumes less space than virtual machines and begins instantaneously, accelerating activities.

 

Network services in Azure

 

Azure Network Services refers to the networking operations performed within and between Azure and on-premises infrastructure. Azure Virtual Network, Azure ExpressRoute, Azure-provided DNS, Azure Traffic Manager, and Azure Content Delivery Network are a few examples.

 

Let's take a brief look at Azure CDN

Content Delivery Network (CDN) (CDN)

 

Azure CDN enables the distribution of huge files by supplying material with high bandwidth and lowering the download time of the contents. It caches the file in the Azure data centre nearest to the user. Therefore, it significantly reduces latency and reduces application burden by freeing it of the entire content delivery process. The primary benefit of this service is that it improves the experience for end customers.

These services barely scratch what Azure can achieve for your organisation. Globally, many businesses are leveraging the advantages of Microsoft Azure applications to optimise their business models, as it revolutionises infrastructure and application performance.

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