Microsoft Azure – only server that backs up your data to 3 locations
In the very early days of the computer era applications were run from the local hard drive that you used for installing software. In time, companies recognized the need for controlling and running all applications from a single location on the local network. Applications were now available to everyone, but there was still a problem with storing all data on a single computer and resulting limitations (security, memory restrictions, power consumption…). The only logical next step was moving the local server to the cloud. Thus, the famous cloud computing was born.
Microsoft Azure is essentially the modern version of a traditional server. This service allows us to create and manage applications online with maximum security. If we add the ability to increase or decrease system size in real time according to our wishes and requirements, we get a system that can support all our planned and unplanned business activities.
Maximum data security
Data security and reliability is highly important for all forms of business operations. Azure hosts its servers, containing our data, in different parts of the world for one simple reason – so that in the event of a catastrophe, identical copies of our data are secure in locations not affected by the incident.
However, this does not mean that our data will necessarily be stored in different datacenters around the world. The system can be setup so that data is located on servers closest to us, i.e., locations from which the system is mostly used.
Use the server room smarter
In the “old era” it was quite normal to reserve one or more rooms exclusively for servers. These servers were making noise, smothering the space and consumed a lot of electricity. But most importantly – they were limited by their hardware capabilities.
Are you aware that your website may become unavailable if it’s accessed by more visitors than your server can handle? This could result in webshop conversion drops, or loss of user confidence in any website.
Fortunately, the “Azure era” eliminated such situations.
The option which solves the above problem and greatly facilitates our everyday life is called auto-scaling and it increases the processing power according to actual customer needs. This way you can avoid unfortunate website crashes, waiting forever for server response and similar unpleasant situations.
Why we should all embrace cloud computing?
SUBTITLE: Due to the growth of 140% in the last year, Microsoft Azure became the absolute leader in the provision of cloud services. Cloud computing is slowly becoming mainstream, which means that companies that do not adopt this trend will remain isolated – while their competitors modernize and grow.
1. Long-term cost reduction
Azure is committed to adjusting its prices according to prices of its competitors, which means that Azure users are guaranteed the lowest price possible. Furthermore, with Azure you only pay for what you use – this allows you to increase or decrease capacity as needed.
Azure is not encumbered with a fixed price to charge you for a bunch of stuff you don’t use, just the opposite, the price depends on the services you use, and how much you use them. This makes Azure unique because the cost of services is determined by the actual amount of usage, measured in minutes.
2. Exceptional data security and availability
The Active Geo-Replication feature comes preactivated by default to ensure the highest level of storage space availability.
Once the company sends data to Azure, it is stored on the primary server. This feature automatically replicates stored data and sends up to four copies to secondary servers in different locations. By doing this, Azure prevents possible data loss due to natural disasters, internet attacks or system crashes. Active Geo-Replication keeps your data, as well as applications placed into production, 100% safe and available at all times.
3. Gradual migration via the hybrid cloud
Moving your business to the cloud isn’t a minor change, and many companies still view it with mistrust and even fear it. Exactly why are companies so afraid to migrate their businesses to the cloud?
Some companies have very sophisticated and complex IT systems that prevent them from migrating to the cloud without going through a necessary adjustment process. That is why the “hybrid cloud” option was created – to allow companies to partly remain in datacenters, and partly move “to the cloud”. This “step by step” migration gives companies the flexibility to leave individual components in datacenters until they are completely ready to transfer their businesses to the cloud.