Microsoft Azure is a recognized leader in both private and public cloud. It’s an open cloud, providing access to over 200 preconfigured services and the choice to use the technologies you want and have already invested in. Azure provides a fully integrated set of IaaS and PaaS capabilities
Cloud computing models: a brief overview
There are three main service models when working with cloud computing: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). These three models are the three levels of responsibility between the cloud provider and you, as the cloud tenant (see below image).
Why choose Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft integration : The main advantage of Azure is the integration with other Microsoft tools and software, from Office 365 and Dynamics 365 to SharePoint and OneDrive. By integrating multiple platforms from the same provider, a common data model is used, resulting in a consistent user experience with standard information security.
Data sharing : As a hybrid cloud, data can be passed from an on-premise SQL database, SaaS solution such as Dynamics 365 Online or similar, to a service such as Azure Data Factory, where the data can be manipulated to a common data type before passing it on through the cloud pipeline.
High-level security : Microsoft Azure boasts unified security and advanced threat management. The platform meets the international standards of ISO 27018 and is fully compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Backup and disaster recovery : Microsoft Azure can back-up anything from on-premise files and folders using the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent, to entire virtual machines (VMs). This can be determined by options such as length of retention for the data, and multiple storage options such as locally redundant storage, geo-redundant storage, and zone-redundant storage.
Getting Started with Azure
Moving to Microsoft Azure is easier than you might think. Discover more about the process—and the solutions and services we offer—by checking out our Azure resource page. It’s filled with informative PDFs, white papers, and more to help make your plans and decisions that much easier.
End-To-End Azure Solutions
Before an Azure migration, QS begins with a thorough assessment of your existing environment.
This assessment allows us to deliver:
- An Azure readiness summary, detailing which applications, workloads, and virtual machines are ready for a move to Azure
- Recommendations for appropriate Azure virtual machine configurations
- Estimated monthly costs for running an Azure environment
Azure Cloud Migration Services
When moving to the cloud, you don’t need to go it alone. Our Azure Specialists can help you move your data, applications, and infrastructure to Azure with our Azure Migration offering. We have earned Microsoft’s Advanced Specialization for Windows Server and SQL Migration, so we have the knowledge and experience to ensure your project goes smoothly and meets your unique needs. Once we have a solid understanding of your technical and business requirements, we use our full range of Migration Services to complete your rehost, refactor, or rebuild project.
Azure Cloud Managed Services
As you transition your workloads to the cloud, you’ll have to navigate several concerns, such as security, ensuring compliance, and managing multi-cloud environments. You might find your in-house IT team stretched too thin to manage all of these aspects, especially as you try to optimize your budget to account for any unplanned cloud spend.
The Best Cloud Solution for Your Organization