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If you are looking to move a part or all of your services to the cloud, now is the time. Microsoft Azure offers open and flexible cloud computing options that enable you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a comprehensive network of data centers, while simultaneously addressing challenges around security and control.
Using Azure, you can harness the power of Microsoft’s massive data centers without having to worry about building, managing, or maintaining costly and complex infrastructure, and focus on aspects that really matter to your business.

Wondering how Azure can benefit your organization? Let’s look at four key scenarios and see how you can make the most of an Azure platform:

1. Web Apps

With Azure, you can quickly deploy and scale modern, cross-platform web apps written in a variety of languages. The built-in AutoScale capability allows up/down scaling of web apps based on real customer traffic, enabling you to cater to any load. With the SQL relational database-as-a-service offering, you can also host and scale relational databases. With Azure Search, you can add robust search capabilities to web apps and index data located in any data source: from SQL databases, and DocumentDB to files stored in Azure Blob storage, and even data stored outside of Azure. Schedule long-running tasks without having to provision or purchase additional VM capacity with built-in support for WebJobs.

Connect web app to on-premises enterprise applications and SaaS apps


2. Mobile Apps

Azure allows you to securely store data of your choice including SQL Database, Document Database, or Table Storage, in the cloud from your mobile apps. You can authenticate users using their social media identities or Azure Active directory and engage them with push notifications. It also enables the app to work offline and synchronize the data with the cloud when connectivity is present.

Need insights into your users’ behavior? Using Mobile Engagement, you can study user behaviors and create effective mobile engagement campaigns. What’s more, you can modernize web apps by adding a mobile client in minutes with Azure Web and Mobile App Services. You can also build highly available and geo-replicated apps using Azure Traffic Manager, WebJobs, and Redis Cache.

Build mobile app to enterprise line-of-business systems


3. Internet of Things (IoT)

When an IoT application is implemented, a critical task is to connect the devices to the cloud so they can deliver meaningful data to cloud-based services. Azure allows you to connect devices, M2M assets, and people to harness data across your business and operations. You can benefit from easy provisioning of capacity to process events from hordes of devices while maintaining event order on a per device basis with support for the AMQP and HTTP protocols. Want to seamlessly run applications on multiple devices? You can enable connectivity from a wide variety of platforms and native client libraries to run applications on many device platforms. You can also get actionable insights from the data sent by the devices and sensors in the infrastructure by analyzing millions of events per second in the cloud and swiftly develop and implement a real-time monitoring solution.

Connect IoT devices and monitor them in real-time>>


4. Storage

Azure gives you the flexibility to store and retrieve enormous amounts of unstructured data, including structured NoSQL based data, and Windows and Linux SMB based applications. You can perform common management tasks on Azure Storage like storage account management using a variety of tools – Azure PowerShell, AzCopy, and Cross-Platform Command-Line Interface (CLI). With Azure CDN, you can quickly and reliably send audio, video, applications, images, and other files to customers using servers that are nearest to each user. Using StorSimple, you can extend on-premises storage to the cloud and offer a unique and integrated primary storage archival, and disaster recovery solution.

Back up files/folders to Azure for long term retention


Needed: A Shift in Business Culture

Cloud computing has undergone a number of major transformations in its short existence, and in the process has significantly altered how technology and businesses interact. The journey has been a lot more than just moving from an on-­premises deployment to the cloud; it’s more about a shift in business culture: whether it’s a matter of shifting IT spend from capital spending to operational spending or migrating core business processes from on-­premises data centers to flexible cloud resources, cloud computing and services like Azure have been a driving force in the evolution of how technology can be deployed to amplify business outcomes and will continue to have a massive impact for years to come.

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About the Author – Neha Kumar

Neha Kumar is a digital media evangelist and marketing professional. She overlooks Indusa’s content management, social media, online events, email marketing, blogs, digital campaigns, lead generation and inside sales activities on a broader scale.


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