Manage the Steep Costs of Business Downtime

You need continuous access to your data. Even an hour of downtime can cost your organization thousands of dollars, according to a recent study by the International Data Group.

A key part of running your business is keeping your data safe. Many businesses lose critical data because they don’t have a data backup solution. Microsoft Azure offers reliable and affordable backup and site recovery for your data and applications. And you only pay for the storage you use. There are no typical infrastructure costs or data transfer fees. You receive the same level of protection that Microsoft enterprise customers enjoy.

Benefits of cloud backup and storage

  • Lower costs for small and midsized businesses
  • Higher availability—the cloud has a built-in design for high availability to your data, configuring live resources to automatically take over for failed ones
  • Ease of deployment—Once an administrator configures the system, it just works.
  • World-class security—With Microsoft Azure cloud services, all data is encrypted to and from the cloud and while at rest.

World-class security—With Microsoft Azure cloud services, all data is encrypted to and from the cloud and while at rest.

What are your risks?

  • Data loss—without sufficient backup and storage, your company risks data loss during a natural disaster
  • High costs for downtime—Thirty-three percent of the respondents to a 2014 IDG Enterprise survey cited business continuity as a driver spurring cloud initiatives in their organization
  • Lack of compliance

Azure Site Recovery Multiple Deployment Architectures

Organizations need a DR strategy that determines how apps, workloads, and data stay running and available during planned and unplanned downtime, and recover to normal working conditions as soon as possible. Your DR strategy should keep business data safe and recoverable, and ensure that workloads remain continuously available when disaster occurs. Site Recovery is an Azure service that contributes to your DR strategy by orchestrating replication of onpremises physical servers and virtual machines to Azure. When outages occur in your primary location, you fail over to the secondary location to keep apps and workloads available. You fail back to your primary location when it returns to normal operations.

Orchestrated disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) Automate the orderly recovery of services in the event of a site outage at the primary datacenter with Site Recovery. Bring over applications in an orchestrated way to help restore service quickly, even for complex multi-tier workloads. Replication and disaster recovery to Azure Replicating your workloads to Azure enables new capabilities. Applications can be Migrated to Azure with just a few clicks or burst to Azure temporarily when you encounter a surge in demand. Run reports and analytics on copies of production workloads in Azure without impacting users. Continuous health monitoring with Site Recovery Site Recovery monitors the state of your protected instances continuously and remotely from Azure. All communication with Azure is encrypted. When replicating to Azure as the secondary site, your data is encrypted and you can also select encryption for data at-rest!

Advantages of Buying Azure

By creating a cloud service, you can deploy a multi-tier web application in Azure, defining multiple roles to distribute processing and allow flexible scaling of your application. A cloud service comprises of one or more web roles, each with its own application files and configuration. Azure Websites and Virtual Machines also enable web applications on Azure. One of the main advantages of cloud services is the ability to support more complex multi-tier architectures.

Microsoft Azure is a platform which offers secure cloud services to the user. The benefit which Azure offers than others is cross platform support. You can adopt Azure cloud system into your organization without disturbing the existing applications. Azure represents an overall IaaS and PaaS cloud solution that is fully integrated with Microsoft’s Office 365. SaaS offers so truly a one stop shop for integrated services.

 

For a very long set of things:

  • Data protection and Disaster Recovery
  • Web application hosting and continuous deployment/development
  • Virtual Machine deployment (IaaS)
  • Business inter connectivity (Service Bus)
  • Data Platform (SQL Azure, Mongo DB and others)

PaaS Capabilities

Both Azure and AWS offer similar IaaS capabilities for virtual machines, networking, and storage. However, Azure provides stronger PaaS capabilities which are an vital piece of Cloud infrastructure today.

Microsoft Azure PaaS provides application developers with the environment, tools, and building blocks that they need to quickly build and deploy new cloud services. It also gives the important ‘dev-ops’ connections which are important for monitoring, managing, and continually fine tuning those applications. With Azure PaaS, much of the infrastructure management is taken care by Microsoft. Thus, developing Azure PaaS solutions allow for a 100% focus on innovation.

Security Offerings

Microsoft was the first Cloud vendor to be approved by the European Union’s data protection authorities. They were also the first to embrace the new international standard for Cloud privacy, ISO 27018. Thus, Microsoft ensures the best in terms of safety and security for all operations and data on the Azure. Azure has been designed based on Security Development Life cycle which is an industry top leading assurance process. It comprises security at its core and private data and services stay protected and secured while they are on Azure Cloud.

Seamless Cloud Connectivity Hybrid Solution

Azure already has its hybrid capabilities in place. It constantly connects data centers to the Cloud. Azure gives a consistent platform which facilities simple mobility between on-premises and the public Cloud.

Unlike AWS, hybrid apps can be created on Azure which can take benefits of the resources accessible within data centers, at the organization service provider’s end, or within Azure itself. It also gives a broader range of hybrid connections including VPNs, caches, content delivery networks (CDNs), and ExpressRoute connections to improve usability and performance.