Move your company’s infrastructure to the cloud and pay only for the actual consumption
Microsoft Azure is a platform that makes it possible to run your company’s systems and applications in the cloud just as in the company’s own datacenter. The only difference is that the cloud solution is operated in Microsoft’s datacenters on Microsoft’s Azure virtualization platform.
Thus, you can run the traditional virtual machines – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) such as SQL Azure, Web Apps and Azure Backup – in one total infrastructure.
Furthermore, Microsoft offers a completely underlying infrastructure, including storage, network, “firewall” and VPN, that makes your company capable of moving part of or your entire existing datacenter to the Microsoft Azure platform. Microsoft also offers Express Route, which is a dedicated connection, directly from the customer to the Azure datacenter.
Microsoft Azure Guests (Virtual machines) supports not only Microsoft Software (Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer), but also Linux (CentOS, Debial, Oracle, Red Hat Enterprise, SUSE, Ubuntu), VM Appliances (third party firewalls) and so on.
Microsoft Azure is based on payment by consumption. This ensures that the resources not in use will not be a charged.
Thus, you only pay for what you consume and save investment in hardware and costs of electricity, cooling systems, location etc., as it would be in traditional datacenters. Keywords such as scalability and elasticity can be a real part of the daily operation.
As Microsoft operates their Azure datacenters globally, the resources can be located close to the users.
Microsoft complies with all rules and legislation in relation to securing data, including Safe Harbour, EU and ISO. Thus, your company can safely transfer your data into the cloud.
Data can be transported to and from Azure via physical discs and this makes the customer capable of transferring large amounts of data in and out of Azure quickly and easy without having to use VPN or Express Route. This could be necessary in relation to Azure onboarding or a long term offsite backup.
Microsoft Azure is your new datacenter located within the EU with full access to your data and full administrative access and control on a platform which is already in use by thousands of customers.