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Azure Cloud Computing

An integration of your on-premises apps and data

Cloud computing has secured an eminent position and a powerful definition in the industry since cloud development slightly differs from the conventional in-house model. In cloud development, virtualization and distribution of information is given the utmost priority which results in a higher reliability in information management and sharing. Windows Azure, a cloud solution using the platform of Microsoft, has recently been a prime choice among IT professionals who are switching their systems to the cloud. Azure has been appreciated by some of the leading enterprises who sooner or later managed to keep their cloud service running smoothly with the blessing of Azure. If you have been thinking of migrating to Azure, this is going to be a resourceful guideline about what you’re getting into.

Introduction to Windows Azure

Built as an operating system for the cloud, Windows Azure is basically designed for utility computing including the facilities to develop, host and manage your applications and store your valuable data. Windows Azure has deliberated an excellent experience and boosted computing power for the developers. It’s also designed to provide the best service management system for your applications and a reliable storage for your indispensable data. If you put it that way, Windows Azure models the data center to handle resource supervision, provisioning and monitoring, and to manage application development allowing the developers to stay focused on business logic.

Services of Windows Azure

Windows Azure introduces a compact integration of four basic and vital services that includes Compute Services, Network Services, Data Services and App Services. Let’s have a sneak peek to the excellence Azure has incorporated with its services.

Compute services

Windows Azure designs the Compute Services giving the priority to promote the ultimate processing capability that is essential for developing cloud applications that are likely stand out in the industry. Windows Azure presently provides the four compute services stated as follows:

  • Web Sites: This is a service with an oriented web environment that lets you build new websites and you can also migrate your current business website into the cloud.
  • Web Sites: This is a service with an oriented web environment that lets you build new websites and you can also migrate your current business website into the cloud.
  • Virtual Machines: This service offers a dedicated computing environment which allows you generate, install, and handle virtual gears operating in the Windows Azure cloud.
  • Cloud Services: This service lets you build and install highly accessible and substantially scalable applications without high administration costs or limitation in using particular programming languages.
  • Mobile Services: This service offers a proficient solution for developing and positioning apps and data storage capability for mobile devices.

Data services

Starting from storing, organizing, securing, analyzing and evaluating business data, Windows Azure is currently offering five data services as follows:

  • Data Control: This service means that you can store your essential business data directly in SQL databases with the help of reliable Microsoft SQL Server virtual machines, Windows Azure SQL Database, NoSQL Tables with the use of REST or BLOB storage.
  • Business Analytics: This service supports the conveniences of development and data augmentation with the use of Reporting and Analysis Services of Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft SharePoint Server operating in a virtual machine, Windows Azure Marketplace, Windows Azure SQL Reporting, or HDInsight which is a Hadoop rendering designed for Big Data.
  • HDInsight: It’s a Hadoop-based service from Microsoft which provides completely Apache Hadoop approach to the cloud computing.
  • Cache: This service comes with a disseminated caching solution which lets you boost your cloud-based applications and scale down database load.
  • Backup: This service enables you to secure your server data offsite through the use of both manual and automatic backups to Windows Azure.
  • Recovery Manager: Protection of business logical services is ensured by Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager that synchronizes the imitation and restoration of System Center 2012 private clouds at a different location.

Network services

With its Network services, Windows Azure provides you with a list of preferences about the delivery of Azure applications to users and data centers. Two types of Network Services are now offered by Windows Azure:

  • Virtual Network: This services is intended to deal with the Windows Azure public cloud as a wing of your in-house data centers.
  • Traffic Manager: This service makes it possible to track application traffic for the individuals who happens to use the application to Windows Azure datacenters in three techniques: in round robin fashion, for ultimate performance, or using an Active/Passive failover preferences.

App services

With the App Services offered by Windows Azure, you are likely to accelerate the performance, discoverability, security, and integration of your apps in the cloud. The following six app services are now available from Windows Azure:

  • Media Services: Using these services, you can easily develop the workflows for the conception, organization as well as distribution of media with the help of Windows Azure public cloud.
  • BizTalk Services: This service offers Business-to-Business (B2B) along with Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) capability for hybrid incorporation approaches.
  • Messaging: This is an integration of two services: Windows Azure Queue and Windows Azure Service Bus and. This service lets you to synchronize all of your apps across the private cloud environment and Azure public cloud.
  • Notification Hubs: This service enables a push notification infrastructure for mobile applications that are highly accessible with cross-platform compatibility.
  • Active Directory: This service makes it possible to secure identity administration and access control aptitudes for your applications that are in the cloud.
  • Multifactor Authentication: This service comes with an additional level of authentication along with account credentials of the users. This is done to provide a secure access to both on-site and cloud applications.

As a final point, Windows Azure turns out to be a flexible and open cloud platform which allows you to build, install and manage your applications across a worldwide network of Microsoft data centers. Now, application building has become a quick and reliable process in any tool, language or framework with Windows Azure where you can powerfully integrate your cloud applications with existing Information Technology environment.