Microsoft Azure - Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has come into its own in a major way.  Offering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) has made businesses operate more smoothly and efficiently.   The average non-IT consumer benefits from SaaS/PaaS/IaaS technologies because of the lower cost, faster deployment time, and increased flexibility that these solutions offer. 

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Cloud Computing

Why Use Azure Cloud Computing?

Azure Cloud Computing
Azure boasts an enticing combination of IaaS and PaaS services. IaaS enables enterprises to outsource their infrastructure on Azure and pay only for what they use and PaaS lets them create their own web apps & solutions without having to buy and maintain the underlying groundwork

As consumers are pushing for better digital experiences, older technologies are becoming defunct and are slowing businesses down.  There has become a greater pressure on business to streamline their business process to meet these growing demands.  You can now integrate your software, grow your infrastructure on demand and deploy applications quickly.  Azure cloud computing is your solution.

Make the investment into an Azure migration rather than spending money on new server hardware and new licenses.


Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)

IaaS is the simplest category of cloud services. With IaaS you are generally renting IT infrastructure (on a monthly or annual basis). Examples might include: servers or operating systems, virtual machines, storage or networks.

Platform as a service (PaaS)

PaaS generally refers to cloud services that offer a demand driven environment for developing, managing, and delivering software applications. PaaS can make it simpler for application developers to rapidly create apps, without having to manage or setup the underlying hardware infrastructure of storage, servers, networks, etc.

Software as a service (SaaS)

SaaS is a software distribution model that is typically made available to users on a subscription basis, also referred to as "on-demand software".  They are essentially web applications and are accessed through web browsers.  Good examples are Microsoft Office 365 and Dropbox.

Benefits of Cloud Computing


Azure is a pay-as-you-need it IT infrastructure (think web servers, email servers, databases, file storage, and whatever else), making it perfect for businesses of all sizes.  If you run out of space, you need more server hardware.  Most companies have to plan months in advance to change their IT infrastructure and frequently have to purchase more hardware than necessary for possible future needs.  With Azure data centers, you can autoscale your data needs to meet high demand and then scale back down when you no longer need the space.  You save money because you only pay for what you need, not for what you may need someday.  Plus, this can free up resources you are currently spending on IT support.


Retailers are doing more to attract and keep customers.  To use customer data in an intelligent way, businesses are building more applications and need to build them quickly.  Azure gives your development teams the tools they need to quickly test and launch these applications without having to worry about managing infrastructure.


Microsoft is dedicated to their security.  Azure was designed around Security Development Lifecycle, an industry leading security process.  Security is the core of Azure, so private data and services stay safe on Azure cloud services.  Security controls are built into hardware and firmware and has added protection against threats such as DDoS.  They also employee 3,500 global cybersecurity experts.

Data Analytics

There is so much competition for retailers that they have to find ways to know as much about their consumers as possible.  Azure Stream Analytics, along with Power BI, gives business access to real-time insights on customers.  You can map the customer journey and keep track of products your customers are interested in.  This allows you to offer discounts and promotions at the right time to consumers, whether they are shopping online or in the store.

Cost Effective

By using Cloud Computing we help our customers to eliminate the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on-site datacenters.

Enhanced Speed

Vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes since most cloud computing services provide self-service on demand in lesser time.


On-site datacenters typically require a lot of “racking and stacking”—hardware set up, software patching, and other time-consuming IT management chores. We ensure the removal of many of these tasks so that IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.

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