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While large Businesses are benefiting from the trusted cloud platform, smaller businesses find it difficult to navigate. Even IT re-sellers can feel swamped with the sheer size of Azure. But it can be broken down into smaller, easier to understand chunks. Think of azure as a very large room with meany interconnecting doors. Each door represents a separate function within Azure and it's your choice whether you want to go through it. Understanding the basics is the first step to utilising the massive opportunities Azure represents.
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IAAS and PAAS in a nutshell
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the most popular way businesses use Azure, exchanging legacy hardware from an on-premises environment for a more flexible virtual machines (VMs) and servers within the cloud. You or your team handle the management of servers and fully control the operating system with the ability to use isolated VMs, secure boot and just-in-time access. Unlike on-premises, Azure can be scaled on demand to cope with periods of high business activity or, similarly, can be programmed to use less resources for a cost-effective return on investment.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) enables businesses to use Azure as a foundation to roll out their application and data. You or your team no longer need to manage the infrastructure and can simply use the platform provided to scale the application with ease. PaaS is often the go-to for customers who wish to design an application directly within the cloud. However, if customers want to migrate their application into Azure, a technical audit is often required to see whether it would be possible in the long run.
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Your customer receives a sudden influx of traffic to their website due to one of their social media posts going viral. But their website can't handle the sudden spike in enquiries and crashes as a result. With Azure, it's easy to generate more power to cope with the user demand by utilising the virtual platform. It's smart enough to find patterns in usage too, and will keep track of the traffic associated with your customer's website so it can adjust faster to meet their needs.
SMBs can implement a disaster recovery solution quite easily by using Azure Site Recovery. It replicates workloads running on a physical servers and VMs from a primary site to a secondary location, so, should an outage occur, your customer will be transferred to the failover site. On-premises servers , VMs SQL servers and SharePoint servers can also be backed up by Azure. Customer data will be placed inside the Recovery Services vault, which is integrated into the settings menu for easy access, and backup policies can be configured to schedule how often and the exact time backups should be taken.
It your customer is already using office 365, Azure Active Directory (AD) is built in natively. It provides a much easier way for end users to access thousands of cloud-based apps with a single sign-on (SSO) as their login details remain the same everywhere they go. Not only dose it increase company security, Azure AD identifies users based on their activity, so IT admins can pinpoint anything suspicions without hesitation, and set permissions based on centralised policies.
The Azure PaaS model can be used effectively to quickly roll out an application built within the cloud architecture. For example, your customer wants to implement a Chat-Bot on their website to create an automated conversation between a sales rep and customer. Developers can utilise the Azure Bot service together with the Language Understanding service to create a dialog and enhance interactions by validating a customer via Azure AD. As the application is managed withing Azure, it includes easy scalabillity and a hands-off approach when it comes to management and configuration once deployed.
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Using Azure to Aid GDPR Compliance
Microsoft Azure meets a bored set of international and industry-specific compliance standers, owning more certifications than any other cloud provider, including but not limited to ISO 27001, HIPAA, UK G-Cloud and ISO/IEC 27018. With new date protection and privacy regulation, its important businesses understand security in the Azure cloud is stringent and subject to rigorous third-party audits from the British Standers Institute. If your customer is looking to improve their GDPR compliance journey in the cloud, Azure can help protect and safeguard corporate and personal data with meany functions - all in association with the Microsoft Security Development life-cycle.