- Posted by Sejal
- On December 6, 2016
Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft Managed Data Centers. You can build applications using any language, tool, or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
Below are the reasons why Azure is better for your organisation:
The most trusted cloud
Azure has the most comprehensive compliance coverage of any cloud provider with 50 compliance offerings. To protect your organization, we embed security, privacy and compliance in our development methodology. Azure has been recognized as the most trusted cloud for U.S. government institutions, including a FedRAMP High authorization that covers 18 customer-facing Azure services.
“It felt like companies that needed to be compliant were being punished for it by having to pay more. Now, with Microsoft Cloud’s scalable and pay-as-you-go model, we can be competitive while offering world-class service, flexibility, and security.”
Ed Anderson, Managing Director, Dyrand Systems
The most intelligent cloud
Azure is the only public cloud that provides Cognitive APIs, Bots, Machine Learning and Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) capabilities for developers and data scientists. These capabilities coupled with powerful GPU based compute to accelerate deep learning, HPC simulations & real-time data analytics with Azure N-Series Virtual Machines allows you to build intelligent solutions at scale.
“Thousands of partners sign in to our platform every hour. The response time from the Face API is incredible, enabling us to verify our drivers without slowing them down.”
Dina Kovalev, Product Manager, Uber
More regions than any cloud provider
Achieve global scale with 38 announced Azure regions. Geographic expansion is a priority for Azure to enable you to achieve higher performance and support for your location preferences.
“By using Microsoft global datacenters, we’re able to move infrastructure for key applications and websites closer to the people who use them. It would have been extremely difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to set up this infrastructure on the other side of the world using Callaway-owned servers.”
Dan Cowles, Manager of Solution Development, Callaway Golf
Unmatched hybrid capabilities
Azure’s true hybrid capabilities give you the flexibility to go to the cloud on your terms. True hybrid isn’t just about infrastructure and connectivity—it offers consistency across your infrastructure, applications, identity, and data. In addition, Azure delivers consistent security and operations management across on-premises, public cloud, and even multiple public clouds.
“If you look at some cloud providers, infrastructure is presented as a binary thing: it’s either cloud or nothing. By working with Microsoft, we can offer customers an end-to-end, hybrid data infrastructure on their own terms. We’re bringing together the best of both worlds.”
Prabal Acharyya, Worldwide Director of IoT, OSIsoft
The leading cloud platform
The only cloud provider recognized in the industry to have leading solutions in IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. Azure PaaS platform services can help you be more productive and increase your ROI. Read more about this in the Forrester Total Economic Impact study.
“We successfully moved our datacenter out of our physical building and into a combination of Azure IaaS, PaaS and SaaS reducing the number of virtual servers that we have to support & maintain while not removing the applications that our business relies on. Our custom applications moved to Azure PaaS to gain resiliency and remove the need for server maintenance”
Tom Grounds, CIO, Dillon Gage, Inc. of Dallas
Open source leadership
Azure allows you to develop and build the way you want, with your choice of tools, applications, and frameworks. Microsoft actively supports the open source community as a leading open source contributor on GitHub.
“Open Source technologies were used, including PHP, MySQL and Linux virtual machines. I was surprised to discover that Azure could easily accommodate Linux VMs and open source. ”
Tarek Emam, IT Manager, Ministry of Youth and Sports Egypt
Complete big data and business analytics solution
Differentiate your work by taking advantage of business analytics solutions such as Demand Forecasting and Inventory Optimization. Rapidly build, customize and deploy best practices with solution templates and Cortana Intelligence Suite.
“Microsoft Cortana Intelligence capabilities are helping us filter the signal from the noise across large data sets so we can focus on finding the real value in the data. Our vision of future digital capability will need to aggregate many sources of data and provide a platform for collaboration with customers.”
Nick Farrant, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce
Use preconfigured solutions in Azure IoT Suite for the most common Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios, such as remote monitoring and predictive maintenance. Azure IoT Suite is open and customizable by design with 46 percent of Azure Certified for IoT devices on Linux, Android, or other open source technologies.
“What we’re talking about is delivering a degree of collaboration and visibility unheard of in the oil and gas industry. With sensors, software and the cloud, these disparate assets can become part of a connected enterprise, powered at its core by a rich flow of data.”
Doug Weber, Business Manager, Rockwell Automation
Integral part of the Microsoft Cloud
Your investment in Azure goes further with the choice of Microsoft’s industry leading SaaS services including Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Azure shares many foundational capabilities with these services such as managing identity with Azure Active Directory and managing mobile devices with Intune.
“Digital transformation is not an end, it’s a means for continual improvement. We use Azure cloud analytics to gather operational and customer insights, and we use Office 365 to share that information to drive business value. The future for Hershey is very exciting—with Microsoft cloud solutions, we are in control of our digital journey, connecting everyone to work better together and share the goodness.”
Carlos Amesquita, Chief Information Officer, The Hershey Company