Microsoft Windows Azure is a cloud computing platform and or infrastructure, also known as PaaS (Platform as a Service) or IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), for building, deployment and management of applications through a host of Microsoft managed data centers. It is a Microsoft enabled service that allows organisation to host applications on the cloud and thus avoid purchasing or managing their own servers.
Here are 10 major benefits of Microsoft Windows Azure:
Azure was created to scale along the line of business expansion. It achieves this by loading various applications like a cluster that allocates web apps to a set of processes. This results in various applications to run across multiple servers and therefore never goes out of maximum server capacity whenever extra resources are required due to sudden increase in high load applications.
Azure is easy to adapt and offers services and application building blocks which allows cloud customisation as and when needed.
3. Hybrid Capability
It provides the capability of creating hybrid environments and allows leveraging on campus existing resources and cloud benefits in a cost effective manner. It also allows to build hybrid applications.
4. Big Data Insight
Azure allows handling and analysis of data of any amount at a time. It integrates with Microsoft Excel to visualise data in different ways such as graphs and charts, to uncover different business insights.
5. Reliable Data Storage
It allows storing different types of data such as file data, queries or structured data in a fast, reliable environment and then share them across virtual machines.
6. High Data Security
Developed through proven Microsoft SDLC and tested globally ensures that Azure provides a high data security.
7. Integrates Data Solution
It integrates data seamlessly across PaaS and SaaS offerings such as Visual studio, power shell and active directory etc.
Azure allows for automating task in its environment by creating 'runbooks' which eliminates time required for maintaining resources.
9. API Management
It allows publishing various APIs in a secure way and at scale in market.
10. Cost Savings
It requires companies to pay only for the resources that their applications uses.