Microsoft Azure – the cloud computing platform
Microsoft Azure – the cloud computing platform for greater flexibility, increased power, higher availability, and optimal scalability for your corporate IT.
The Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform provides a constantly growing number of integrated services – for analysis, computing, databases and storage, networks, the Internet, and mobile devices – with flexibility, scalability, and global high availability. With Microsoft Azure companies can store data in the cloud, back it up, and restore it immediately if necessary; run corporate applications, computing jobs, and predictive analytics; offer intelligent products and services on the basis of IoT services (the Internet of Things); or provide modern, cross-platform web and mobile applications. New services such as digital rights management can be introduced quickly and easily. By using Microsoft Azure companies can react more quickly to market influences and customer demand and ensure a competitive advantage.
Hybrid scenarios and demand-based use
In hybrid scenarios, your own data center can be linked to the Microsoft Cloud data centers via Active Directory Federation Services securely, flexibly, and above all in a demand-based way. With Azure Stack, Azure even runs in your own data center. Regardless of whether the goal in using the globally available Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform is to increase the availability of your own resources, create a backup data center, or provide and use virtual machines, solutions, and services in a demand-based way: Microsoft Azure opens up more options for IT and can reduce complexity and lower costs. The Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform also provides cost transparency and optimized cost management: charges for all Azure services are use-based and to the minute. Furthermore, resources can be started or stopped temporarily as needed or according to a schedule – and thus costs can be managed actively.
Azure ExpressRoute for more cloud power
Companies can construct private fiber-optic connections between Azure data centers and their own infrastructure with the Azure ExpressRoute service. ExpressRoute connections offer more reliability, more speed, more security, and less latency than conventional connections over the Internet. Azure ExpressRoute permits regular data migration, replication as needed for business continuity, rapid emergency restore, and other high availability strategies. Furthermore, large data volumes can be transferred or virtual machines can be moved cost-effectively. ExpressRoute is also a secure expansion of the computing and storage capacity of the existing data center. You benefit fully from the scalability and cost-effectiveness of the cloud.
Your data remains secure: Microsoft stands for compliance with strict EU data protection directives and was also the first large cloud provider to adopt the new international standard for data protection in the cloud, ISO 27018.