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Microsoft Azure – Why It’s For You

The Cloud Boom

The last few years have seen cloud computing come forward as the ultimate solution for large and SME companies, seeking to remain competitive. There is no doubt in the advantages of cloud computing, especially for those in technology-based services.

With cloud computing, businesses enjoy scaleability, and accessibility to new applications, resources and services – all of this, while savouring the cost benefits of outsourcing both hard and software required for technology-based services.

Companies can now create virtual computers independent of existing hardware and software, giving IT managers more control than ever, and yet, making companies more agile, flexible in delivering ever changing customer needs, and the freedom to move into what’s next, anytime.

Microsoft Azure offers a complete cloud computing solution so IT managers have direct access to software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) – all on demand. Here’s how.

Everyone knows Azure

Unlike Amazon Web Services, any IT manager will be familiar with Azure. Based on the standard Windows environment, applications can be written in the same programming languages used in Windows apps. Examples include Visual Basic and C++. The integrated tools, templates and managed services make it a breeze to build and manage enterprise, mobile and web applications, using skills you already have and technologies you know well.

Service, as you want it, when you want it

Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible platform that is compatible with any operating system, tool, language and framework. Azure supports the broadest selection of devices, operating systems, databases, languages, frameworks, and tools. This gives IT managers not only more choices, but also more control, helping you do more and save money.

With Azure’s software development kit (SDK)s in different languages, IT managers can get started quickly and take full advantage of Azure’s services through established standards such as HTTP and other emerging standards.

Scalability, flexibility AND control

With Azure, IT managers can create applications that are scalable from 100 to a million users, without the need for additional coding. Once the application has been created IT managers get to specify, and change the number of processors at any time. This ensures you retain your customers, and attract new ones, with your ever-efficient service. Companies using Azure will be more agile in keeping up with the latest trends, and ever-changing customer needs. New applications get to market sooner, and companies become much more responsive, staying competitive.

Concerned about security?

Azure Storage provides secure, performance-efficient storage services in the cloud. IT managers have the option of storing work in either the public or private clouds. Microsoft’s .NET Access Control Services allows the integration of identities. User access can be controlled by Security Assertion Makeup Language (SAML) tokens created by Security Token Service (STS), which provides digital signatures. Applications will be allocated lists of digital certificates for trusted STSs.

Try it. Free!

Try it for yourself. And while you’re at it, sign up and receive a RM750 credit to spend on Azure services during the trial. You can use this RM750 however you want to create and try out any combination of Azure resources. It enables you to explore our cloud entirely for free.

Just in case

If you’re ever stuck, or aren’t sure how to use Microsoft Azure, there are many helpful videos online to help you. Besides, there’s always Microsoft Virtual Academy, where you can get your questions answered by experts, and peers. You can also join the conversation and share your knowledge and experience with others.