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This article is Part 4 in our Microsoft Azure series.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform where you can build, test, deploy and manage applications and services through Microsoft’s worldwide datacenters. Instead of having to invest in hardware like servers, you can rent from Microsoft based on the usage and consumption that you need. In this blog, we have put together 4 uses of Microsoft Azure that you could consider.
Storage in Microsoft Azure
One of the primary uses that we have seen organisations use Microsoft Azure for is storage. Instead of having to budget capital expenditure for hardware and then pay for heating, power and cooling you can instead use Azure for your storage solutions. You would only need to pay for what you need, removing redundancy costs. Azure can be used for your file storage or your disk storage for your virtual machines. A great way we have seen the storage solutions used in Azure is through its back up and disaster recoveryoption. Instead of having to invest in extra storage hardware just in case something goes wrong with your server, you can restore your data in the Cloud until a new server arrives.
Web and Mobile Apps in Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure enables applications to be easily created, tested and deployed in the Cloud. A variety of different programming languages can be used including .NET, Python, Java and PHP. Developers have the ability to access a range of pre-built APIs making it easy to connect to Cloud services like Office 365 and Salesforce.
Data and Analytics in Microsoft Azure
When it comes to data and analytics there are lots of ways that your business can gain intelligence. With Machine Learning, you can easily build and deploy predictive analytics solutions. With Azure’s analytics tools you can process data quickly and on demand without needing to worry about managing infrastructure.
Internet of Things in Microsoft Azure
The Internet of Things is growing and growing. Fridges are starting to replenish themselves and switching a light of has never been more easy. In Azure you can use the IoT hub to connect and manage millions of different devices. You will be able to access real time data and establish reliable communication between devices.
While we have decided to focus on just 4 areas of Microsoft Azure to give you a taste of what is available, there is so much more to it. There’s AI and Cognitive Services, Networking, Security and Identity tools and so much more.
The slideshare below sums up how you can use Microsoft Azure in your business. If you are interested in getting started with Azure in your business then please call 01675 46020 and we’ll get you on the right track.