Why choose a Cloud Based Management System such as Microsoft Azure?
When companies started hosting websites to sell their products, in house servers were used to run applications such as the company website. The primary problem with using an in house server, is that, if too many people access the server concurrently it can cause an overload, that can in turn crash the server. Other issues include maintenance and up time.
In response to these issues Microsoft launched the cloud computing service Azure. Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through Microsoft’s global network of data centers. The following outlines the pros and cons of using a cloud based management system
- Hardware maintenance e.g. servers, routers, and firewalls are maintained by Microsoft.
- With Azure you can increase or decrease the amount of servers you use, allowing you to tailor your service to your businesses needs
- Run by Microsoft, a leader in industry, guarantees Azure has access to the resources that best serve clients business needs.
- As a Microsoft product, Azure ensures a professional service and high level of support.
- For flexibility Azure offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) (see below figure)
- With Azure do you do not have to worry about backing up data or maintaining servers as Microsoft will deal with these issues for you.
- Operational Security Assurance (OSA) builds on Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) knowledge and processes to provide a framework that helps ensure secure operations throughout the lifecycle of cloud-based services.
- Microsoft Azure is available 99.95% time of the year meaning the service is only unavailable for 4.38 hours per year
- If a company must significantly up the use of Azure servers the costs can be quite high.
- Accessing support for the site can be tricky as you cannot directly access the Azure support team without paying an additional support fee.
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is essentially remotely accessing azure servers and hardware
Platform as a service (PaaS) is used to deploy code onto an environment without having to manage the environment.
Software as a service (SaaS) similar to PAAS in that it is used for deploying software but with the added benefit of also managing the software being deployed.
IAAS, vs PAAS, vs SAAS