Why cloud? The digital revolution has empowered customers with more choices, requiring businesses to exchange outdated practices with modern solutions in a competitive landscape. In response, growth and adoption of cloud services are increasing across industries and businesses. This article explores six advantages of choosing the cloud.
Since the inception of Cloud computing into the world of technology, recovery of data has become snappier than ever before. Recovery of data has gone one step ahead in the name of ‘Azure’.
Azure provides services that allow the users to create, organize and deploy the application on a huge network using the tools and techniques. It also renders a range of solutions like,
- Increased Productivity by featuring faster networking with loads of end-to-end services.
- Build and implement apps in a Hybrid
One of the most important services that Microsoft Azure provides is the Azure Site Consulting services. It lets the users enable failover for on-premises Hyper-Virtual machines. This Hyper-Virtual Machine manager allows the users to reproduce the content of the VMs from the data centers to Azure and thus coordinate and take control over the workload over a Cloud computing environment.
The Azure Recovery Services helps in recovering in two ways :
- Site Recovery services : It contributes to the business’ BCDR strategy (Business continuity and disaster recovery) by ensuring business continuity as a part of disaster management. As mentioned earlier, when there is a disruption in the primary site, the data gets ‘failed over’ to a secondary location and access the data, apps from the secondary location. After the primary location is set back, it could fail back again.
- Backup Service : In order to recover the data, a backup service is obviously essential. So here the Azure Backup service hands out a secondary storage to maintain the data secured and recoverable anytime.
The Recovery service can maintain the backed up data safe for,
- Azure Virtual Machine between Azure regions.
- On-premises Virtual Machines, Azure Stack VMs, and physical servers.
- In all the supported regions for site recovery.
- In all the systems that support Azure.
Features of Azure Site Recovery services :
The Azure Recovery Services carries a number of recovery – specific features that aids business running all the time.
- An intelligible solution :
The site recovery allows the business to build up, manage replication, failover, failback from the single Azure region in the portal.
- A replica of the Virtual Machine
The secured recovery services let a business transfer data from primary to secondary machines.
- On-premises Virtual Machines
These machines ensure less complex maintenance of secondary data centers thus paving the way towards low-cost recovery solution.
- Reproduction of Workload
The workload can be reproduced to any of the supported Azure VMs, on-premises Hyper-V and VMware VMs, and Windows/Linux physical servers.
When a failover occurs, Azure machines are established based on the replicated site data. Thus the resilience that they share allows the users to replicate without affecting application data. And the stored data is also highly resilient.
- RTO and RPO
The Recovery Time Objectives and the Recovery Point Objectives are limited to organizational objectives. It takes just 30-second frequency to replicate the data
- Consistency over failover
There are zero chances of failovers and the consistency of the data would be great throughout.
- Disruption-free testing
Disaster recovery drills can be conducted irrespective of the ongoing replication.
- Business customization of Recovery plans
The plans can be customized according to the needs of the business. The group machines together in a recovery plan, and optionally add scripts and manual actions.
The Azure services provide the following integration with that of site recovery,
- BCDR Integration
- Azure Automation
- Network Integration
Thus, if a business has a recovery system like the Azure, there wouldn’t be any challenges during disaster time. And if at all a challenge occurs, Azure would be of great help while facing the challenges.
With increasing penetration of internet, almost all aspects of our daily lives are getting connected and accessed online. From booking a table for dinner to booking a hotel room, there are hundreds of smartphone apps today that help to make the process easier.
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New Public Preview app for Azure users
Microsoft launched the Public Preview add-on in its vase Azure Location Based Services. This is a wide portfolio containing several innovative geospatial service APIs, which can be easily integrated with Azure.
This has provided an excellent opportunity for developers to create advanced location-based apps and IoT. It is also helpful for creating solutions for logistic, tracking and asset management. Currently, the services include Map Rendering, Search, Routing, Traffic and Time Zones. The company has partnered with TomTom and collaborated with corporate customers, Microsoft has integrated the native location capabilities into its Azure cloud platform.
What Makes the New Azure Location Based Services from Microsoft so Useful?
The Azure LBS from Microsoft consists of an innovative set of geospatial services, in combination with a total set on global geography.
Azure Cloud Standards Compliant
The Azure LBS is designed to be easily integrated into the Azure cloud. This ensures optimum privacy, efficient usability, global access and efficient localization.
The Azure LBS solutions use advanced key-based authentication systems. Creating an Azure LBS account helps to get two authentication keys automatically. These are useful in authenticating requests to the several Azure servers located worldwide.
Easy to Use
Using Azure LBS solutions after creating the account and getting the authentication keys becomes fairly simple. You simply need to place parameters on your URL request, which helps to get relevant and faster results.
Highlights and Advantages of Azure Location Based Services
These are the distinct advantages you get when you integrate the innovative Azure LBS into your cloud-based management system:
Azure Map Control
The Azure LBS Render service allows users to request vector-based map tiles and render the data and apply styling according to client specification. This service also provides raster maps. These are efficient to embed a map image into the app or web page.
The Azure LBS Routing Service is designed to get directions to your destination. This service is able to provide ideal directions, using the extensive map data available and combining it with various scenarios. The system can help to choose the fastest, shortest and most congestion-free route to your destination.
The Azure LBS Search Service is best-suited for use in geocoding, POI searches and for reverse geocoding.
The Azure LBS Traffic Service is designed to provide real-time and updated reports on traffic on a specified route, according to the user’s query.
Time Zone Service
The Azure LBS Time Zone Service is an efficient way to know the time zones and the exact time in locations all across the globe.
These innovative services make the new Azure Location Based Services API one of the most innovative and useful tools for companies and enterprises who wish to provide better help with a location for users.
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