Microsoft Azure is a cloud-based computer infrastructure that can be provisioned on a per-user or per-company basis. Just imagine having all the compute infrastructure needed, only when you need it. With Azure, you only pay for the compute resources used, when they are used. When you compare this to your traditional infrastructure, Azure is constantly upgrading its infrastructure and using state of the art security. Your infrastructure is probably updated every 3-5 years and sees little, if any, incremental updates over that period.
Microsoft Azure has a lot of great benefits so today we are going to debunk a few common Microsoft Azure myths and hopefully answer some questions you have that may be holding back your decision.
Azure is Not Secure
Microsoft maintains a global Intelligent Security Graph. The Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph allows Microsoft to take a global view of security and remediation. The reason I really like this is that you get all of Microsoft’s global security knowledge just by using Microsoft Azure. If Microsoft sees something attacking their infrastructure, it usually gets blocked before it even hits your infrastructure within Azure.
To Use the Cloud, Everything Must be Moved to the Cloud
Azure supports the hybrid capability, so the customer can keep some of their infrastructure on-premises while using Azure to deliver additional compute capacity. This is a few popular configurations for customers that want to slowly move to Azure or try Azure for just specific workloads.
Putting Data in the Microsoft Azure Cloud Means that it can be Stored Anywhere Around the World
Azure allows you to choose the Azure Region that will store your compute and data, while giving you the ability to enable geographic redundancy and keep your data within the same “geo-political” boundary. If you choose to store your data in the U.S., your data will remain in the U.S. If you choose to store your data in the U.K., your data will remain in the U.K unless you move it someplace else.
Putting My Data in the Cloud means Other People Have Access to It
Your cloud infrastructure can be as secure, if not more secure, than your on-premises infrastructure. You can implement just user name and password authentication, or you can require VPN inbound access if you’d like. You can even implement multi-factor authentication to ensure that just a “username and password” isn’t compromised. The great part about leveraging the cloud this is that you do not have to build the additional infrastructure, most everything is already there. You just configure it to manage your infrastructure.
The Cloud is Too Expensive
The great part about the cloud is that you only pay for the resources you use, when you use them. If your deployment is only being used 12 hours a day, you don’t have to pay for your resources 24x7. You can turn off your resources when they aren’t needed. Turning off unused resources in Azure can save a significant amount of money.
The Cloud Will Put All Partners Out of Business
This is not true. In reality, it will change the value a partner brings to their customer. The days of building servers has long past, and partners have evolved. The cloud is just another evolution and this one eliminates the hardware headaches for the partner. The partner still has the ability to build solutions for the customer and provides more time for the partner to understand the customer’s business and integrate customer solutions into the customer platform.
Hopefully this helped answer some questions you may have had and cleared up some common misconceptions you may have heard. If you have any other questions about Microsoft Azure, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to help. You can also check out our blog, 5 Must-Known Facts about Microsoft Azure.