Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform: a growing collection of integrated services, such as storage, data, networks and applications, allowing you to work faster, do more and save money.
Azure is made up of blocks that you can stack as you wish. In this way, you only use what you need, when you need it. The platform offers solutions in the fields of backup solutions, apps, websites (hosting) and server capacity (VMs).
The services are fully scalable and can be added instantly. It works the same the other way round, of course. If there is something you don’t use, you will not be charged for this. You only pay for what you use.
You can specify that your data must only be forwarded to European data centres, one in Amsterdam and one in Dublin, to ensure that your data always remains within Europe. Microsoft will store your data at various locations. Should something go wrong in the one data centre, you will continue your work via the other data centre. This construction allows them to guarantee a 99.95% uptime.
The backup function allows you to back up complete virtual machines (VMs), regardless of what OS they run on. Should your server fail, the VMs from the backup will enable you to resume work straight away by making the VMs go live within Azure. In this way, Disaster Recovery is a simple and quick process ensuring minimal interruption to the business continuity.
By using Azure, you will not be tied to Microsoft operating systems or software. Azure supports all operating systems, languages, programs and frameworks; from Windows to Linux, from SQL Server to Oracle and from C# to Java. Azure provides you with the best of Windows and Linux ecosystems, allowing you to develop great applications and services that are compatible with any device.