Introduction to Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is when you access computing services – such as servers, storage, networking, software – over the Internet (“the cloud”) from a provider like Azure. For example, instead of storing personal documents and photos on your personal computer’s hard drive, most people now store them online: that’s cloud computing.

Cloud computing platforms, such as Azure, tend to be less expensive and more secure, reliable and flexible than on-premises servers. With the cloud, equipment downtime due to maintenance, theft or damage is almost non-existent. You can scale your compute and storage resources – up or down – almost instantly when your needs change on Azure. Also, you typically only pay for the services you use, which provides a level of convenience and cost-control that’s almost impossible to achieve with on-site infrastructure.

Lower cost
Cloud computing eliminates the expense of setting up and running on-site data centres, which often have added costs such as employing staff and buying and maintaining land, buildings and computer hardware. The cloud allows businesses to access the computer resources they need in real time to match their business needs on demand.

Higher security
Security is a key focus of cloud providers, who invest huge sums of money into securing their infrastructure. Cloud service providers typically also offer a broad set of policies, compliance, technologies and controls that strengthen your security posture by protecting your data, apps and infrastructure from threats.

Increased productivity
More efficiently develop and manage your applications with nearly unlimited cloud computing resources. Cloud providers continuously update their data centre networks with the latest-generation hardware, providing you with fast, efficient computing resources that never go obsolete and would be more costly to implement in a single data centre.

Global scale
Cloud computing runs on data centres around the world, providing overall resiliency and reliability by allowing your data to be backed up in more than one geographic location. This also allows your IT resources to be delivered from specific geographic locations when required.

What is Azure?

Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud computing services to help your organisation meet its business challenges. Azure gives you the freedom to build, manage and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your preferred tools and frameworks. With Azure, you can:

Be future-ready
Continuous innovation from Microsoft supports your development today – and your product?visions for tomorrow. Build on the latest advancements in the cloud, including more than 1,000 new capabilities released in the last year.

Operate hybrid seamlessly
On-premises, in the cloud and at the edge – Azure meets you where you are. Integrate and manage your environments with tools and services designed for hybrid cloud.

Build on your terms
You have choices – with Azure’s commitment to open source and support for all languages and frameworks, you’re free to build how you want and deploy where you want.

Trust your cloud
Get security from the ground up – backed by a team of experts and proactive, industry-leading compliance that’s trusted by enterprises, governments and startups.

Azure is secure

Security is a given in the cloud industry, but Azure’s proactive approach to security, compliance and privacy is unique. Microsoft leads the industry in establishing and consistently meeting clear security and privacy requirements.

Between its industry-leading compliance and privacy certifications to built-in security controls and unique threat intelligence, Azure has everything you need to identify and protect against rapidly evolving threats.

  • Start with a secure foundation
Reduce costs and complexities with a highly-secure cloud foundation that takes advantage of multi-layered security provided by Microsoft.

  • Streamline your compliance and enable business transformation
Use built-in controls, configuration management tools, implementation and guidance resources, and third-party audit reports to simplify your compliance needs.

  • Detect threats early
Identify new threats and respond quickly with unique services informed by real-time global cybersecurity intelligence delivered at cloud scale.

Azure is the future

The advent of the cloud and smart technologies is revealing new scenarios that were simply not possible until now. Smart sensors and connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices now allow us to capture new data from industrial equipment: from factories to farms, from smart cities to homes. And whether it’s a car or even a fridge, new devices are increasingly cloud connected by default.

Simultaneously, hybrid cloud is evolving from being the integration of on-premises data centres with the public cloud, to becoming units of computing that are accessible even in the world’s most remote destinations.

By bringing these two new realities together – and with artificial intelligence running across all systems – we have entered the era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

The intelligent edge is a continually expanding set of connected systems and devices that gather and analyse data – close to your users, the data or both. Users get real-time insights and experiences, delivered by highly responsive and contextually aware apps. The Azure platform is built to provide an agile and secure experience across the intelligent cloud/intelligent edge in alignment with these enduring principles:

  1. Consistent application development
  2. Holistic security
  3. Unified identity
  4. Simplified device management
  5. Artificial intelligence across all devices
  6. A robust intelligent edge portfolio and ecosystem

Your cloud journey starts with Acquire and Microsoft Azure.

Contact us to arrange a meeting with a Azure Cloud Expert to discuss the right solution to suit your business.

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