Back in 2015, businesses were wondering whether “to cloud or not to cloud — that is the question.”

Today that question is answered: Yes!

In simplest terms, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services over the Internet. It’s more than the self-contained computing power of a personal computer. The “cloud” includes servers, storage, databases, networking, applications, security — all of it stored and running on hardware either onsite, offsite, or a combination of both.

Cloud computing provides flexibility and scalability that would be difficult or impossible for an organization to handle on its own. You pay only for the cloud services you actually use, so you can manage your infrastructure and run applications more efficiently. You adapt as your business grows and changes.

Three major providers dominate the cloud computing space: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure.

PC Professional is an official partner and provider of cloud consulting and management services featuring Microsoft Azure.

“This is what our clients are asking for,” said Dan Sanguinetti, the founder, president, and CEO of PC Professional. “Microsoft Azure is a hybrid cloud solution with the most comprehensive security, backup, and data recovery capabilities in the industry. With the constant threat of ransomware, data breaches, and other forms of cyberattacks, security is rightly at the top of everyone’s mind.”

About Microsoft Azure Cloud Services

Azure has grown in popularity and market share compared to the longtime leader Amazon Web Services. That’s because its list of features and capabilities keeps on growing.

In this article, we’ll review a few of the major features that Azure cloud computing provides for your business.

With Azure you can:

  • Quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers;
  • Ensure the security and recoverability of your applications and data;
  • Build applications using any language, tool, or framework;
  • Integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment;
  • Be up and running fast, scale up or down as needed, and pay only for what you use.

Azure Backup and Recovery

Azure Site Recovery is much more than just drives that store and recover your data and systems. It helps keep your business applications and workloads running during outages like the kind that can happen during a ransomware attack.

Site Recovery does this by replicating workloads running from a primary site to a secondary location. The primary site can consist of physical or virtual machines, or a combination.

When an outage occurs, your workloads transfer without interruption to the secondary location, and you access your apps from there. Once the primary location is up and running again, you can revert back.

Deploy Globally, Act Locally

Azure’s hybrid environment is one of the factors that makes backup and recovery so efficient.

Unlike other cloud computing services, Azure offers a hybrid infrastructure that provides the best of both onsite and remote cloud computing to suit your business.

With more than 100 secure facilities around the world, Azure enables an unprecedented combination of global scaling and local segmentation.

Azure data centers cover 54 regions in 140 countries. That means you can bring applications closer to users, comply with local data residency laws, and provide greater resiliency for customers.

Azure at the Edge of Computing

Enterprise computing no longer ends at the walls of your company’s offices. Smart sensors, connected devices, and the Internet of Things are taking your data and applications out into the world, to smart cities and homes, to connected factories, cars, smartphones, and other devices.

All of this happens through the cloud. Cloud computing is already no longer just the integration of a data center with the public cloud. It’s units of cloud computing available at remote destinations around the world. (Read a great explanation of edge computing.)

Then throw in some AI, and you have the intelligent cloud.

Microsoft Azure’s “intelligent edge” is this ever-growing set of connected systems and devices “that gather and analyze information close to the physical world where data resides,” according to the Azure website.

“These cloud/edge applications are built as a single solution yet run in a distributed fashion – optimized to take advantage of both robust cloud capabilities and edge locality. At the edge, the application is contextually aware and can run in both connected and disconnected states.”

Azure Plus PC Professional

“Our engineers are experienced in consulting and maintaining Azure services both onsite and remotely,” said Dan Sanguinetti. “We’re proud to partner with Microsoft to provide Azure cloud computing along with Office 365 and other services for a comprehensive solution for our clients.”

Contact PC Professional to learn how Microsoft Azure can work for your company.

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