Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform providing over 200 online computing services ranging from networking with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection and load balancers to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
To access these resources, users need a Microsoft account, a valid Azure subscription, and an internet connection and web browser to access the Azure portal.
Azure operated on a pay-as-you-go model, ensuring you only pay for the services you use, as you use them; should you need to scale your application up or down, the price you pay will be amended to reflect this.
For newcomers to the platform, a trial period gives you £150 credit to spend in your first month, as well as 12-month access to several Azure services and access to 25 products which remain free after the trial has ended
There are three main service models when working with cloud computing: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). These three models are the three levels of responsibility between the cloud provider and you, as the cloud tenant (see below image).
Here, everything in blue is managed by you, the user, while everything in green is managed by Microsoft, the provider.
With these three service models come three deployment models: public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud, each with its own benefits.
On the whole, using a cloud computing platform alleviates the cost of running and maintaining a data centre. Think of cloud computing as renting the hardware from the provider – here, you do not have to worry about the costs that come with running a data centre, from physical security to electricity for both running the hardware and cooling, as well as the hardware maintenance.
Backup and disaster recovery
If you’d like to speak to a member of the Tisski team about making the move to the cloud and what it could mean for you, get in touch today.