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You'll often hear Microsoft Azure being referred to as having unlimited potential and possibilities. But what does that even mean? How does it fit into your business, and what can it do?

That's precisely what we'll cover in this blog post, as well as how it can be used in your business.

 
What is Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a public cloud computing platform. It offers many solutions, some of which include infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). These solutions can be utilised to provide robust analytics, cloud storage and networking, virtual computing, plus so much more.

Azure can also be used as a replacement for your on-premise servers. It depends on what your specific needs are.

What is Azure used for?

One of the reasons so many businesses choose Microsoft Azure is the flexibility and affordability of the platform. It's one of the most cost-effective public cloud platforms available.

Let's dive into how you might use Azure in your business.

Active Directory Applications

Azure can distribute and supplement your Active Directory, providing you with complete control of your DNS security, including global reach. With centralised management, you'll be able to keep track of your cloud apps, such as Microsoft 365, across multiple locations.

Azure easily integrates with most operating systems, including Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS.

Backup and Disaster Recovery

One of the best functions of Azure is the ability to create your backup and disaster recovery system. It's flexible, too, allowing you to back up data in most languages, no matter what operating system is being used and from any location.

Azure allows you to create offsite replications, holding up to 99 years of data when it comes to site recovery. With Azure, you'll get three copies of your data, held in three different locations within your data centre, plus a further three copies in a remote Azure data centre. Your data recovery needs are covered.

IoT Solutions

Azure provides room to scale and is an excellent resource for any business looking to implement Internet of Things solutions. Azure allows you to connect all of your IoT devices to the cloud by integrating your existing infrastructure.

You'll be able to monitor and manage as many devices as needed with the Azure IoT Hub. The enhanced security features of Azure make it an excellent IoT solution for your business.Remote monitory and ongoing maintenance make using the platform easy and seamless.

Web and Mobile Apps

If you're looking to develop and host your web or mobile apps, the Azure platform allows you to manage these with ease using patch management, AutoScale, as well as easy integration with all of your on-premise apps.

Using automatic patch management with your virtual machines, you'll spend less time managing and more time on improving your apps. And once those improvements are ready to go, they can be easily deployed inside Azure.

You'll be able to keep your web apps optimised with the AutoScale feature. It automatically adjusts your resources based on the flow of customer web traffic. This means you'll have access to help you need with web traffic is high and save money when you don't need those resources during off-peak times.

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