Small and medium-sized organizations are often faced with a dilemma. They don’t need a large and cost-prohibitive cache of on-site servers to run applications or store data, but they could seriously benefit from electronic data integration.
One low-cost option for companies who require small bits of space but don’t necessarily want to put down a large investment in on-site servers is cloud computing—specifically Microsoft’s Azure, a cloud service for enterprises.
It helps to think of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing solution as a hexagon, composed of five sides or faces. Together, each face is designed to save businesses time and money through the following key components:
- Computing. Run a variety of applications on a Windows Server foundation, which are located all around the world—including two in North America, two in Europe and two in Asia. Your developers can control which data server your company uses, as well as what framework and languages you want (.Net, PHP or WCF and C#, Visual Basic or Java).
- Storage. Benefit from safe and secure data storage for binary, large objects (blobs) and easily communicate between other Windows Azure applications. Azure also lets you configure, monitor and scale your storage account, that way you only pay only for what you use.
- Fabric Controller. Because most companies run a large number of machines with their Windows Azure account, the fabric controller brings all of these separate devices under a single data center “umbrella.” This is the foundation for Azure’s computing, storage and organizational components.
- Content Delivery Network (CDN). The CDN is all about getting the data you need in front of you faster, and Azure’s CDN component is must-have enterprise tool for businesses seeking to manage their data structure more efficiently. By ‘caching’ frequently accessed data on sites around the world, the Azure cloud platform makes finding the data you need quickly easier than ever.
- Connecting. In order to connect to an on-premises database easier, some organizations prefer to interact with cloud servers as if they were inside the company’s own firewall. With Microsoft cloud services, this can be done seamlessly and securely.
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If you manage a small or medium-sized business and are shopping around to see what data server options are available to you, we invite you to contact one of our helpful cloud computing consultants today.