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Azure Integration Guide for Business

By : Joshua Garverick, Jack Lee, Mélony Qin, Trevoir Williams
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Azure Integration Guide for Business

By: Joshua Garverick, Jack Lee, Mélony Qin, Trevoir Williams

Overview of this book

Azure Integration Guide for Business is essential for decision makers planning to transform their business with Microsoft Azure. The Microsoft Azure cloud platform can improve the availability, scalability, and cost-efficiency of any business. The guidance in this book will help decision makers gain valuable insights into proactively managing their applications and infrastructure. You'll learn to apply best practices in Azure Virtual Network and Azure Storage design, ensuring an efficient and secure cloud infrastructure. You'll also discover how to automate Azure through Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and leverage various Azure services to support OLTP applications. Next, you’ll explore how to implement Azure offerings for event-driven architectural solutions and serverless applications. Additionally, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge on how to develop an automated, secure, and scalable solutions. Core elements of the Azure ecosystem will be discussed in the final chapters of the book, such as big data solutions, cost governance, and best practices to help you optimize your business. By the end of this book, you’ll understand what a well-architected Azure solution looks like and how to lead your organization toward a tailored Azure solution that meets your business needs.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Why many decision makers choose Azure

Azure is an excellent choice for businesses looking to take advantage of cloud computing technology. Many decision makers choose Azure for the following reasons:

  • Cost-effectiveness: By using Azure, businesses can reduce their IT infrastructure costs significantly, as they only pay for the resources they use. This eliminates the expenses associated with maintaining on-premises datacenters or investing in costly hardware.
  • Security and governance: Azure is built with security in mind by offering robust features such as built-in encryption, access controls, and recommendations through Azure Advisor’s security baseline. Businesses can trust Azure to safeguard their data from unauthorized access and cyber threats.
  • Scalability: Azure allows businesses to scale their operations up or down as needed, providing them with access to resources on demand without the need to invest in expensive hardware.
  • Reliability: Backed by Microsoft’s extensive infrastructure, Azure is designed to deliver high service-level agreements (SLAs) and ensure uptime. Businesses can rely on Azure to provide uninterrupted access to their data and applications.
  • High availability: Azure is built with high availability and resilience in mind. With multiple zones within a region, robust backup and recovery capabilities, and built-in disaster recovery options, businesses can trust that their applications and data are safe and accessible.
  • Comprehensive services: Azure offers a variety of services that cater to diverse business needs, spanning from storage and networking to artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Seamless integration: Azure is designed to seamlessly integrate with Microsoft tools, services, and other cloud providers. This makes it easy for businesses to incorporate Azure into their existing workflows and systems without disruption.
  • Global reach: Azure has a global presence, with datacenters in over 60 regions worldwide, providing businesses with a highly available and scalable infrastructure. This global presence ensures reliable access to services regardless of geographical location.
  • Flexibility: Azure supports a wide range of programming languages, platforms, and tools, granting businesses the flexibility to choose the technologies that align with their specific needs, skills, and preferences.
  • Customizable: Azure enables businesses to select and customize the services they require, allowing for tailored solutions that integrate seamlessly with existing workflows and systems.
  • Analytical assistance: Azure Synapse Analytics offers a unified platform for architects and data professionals to unlock the full potential of their data. By leveraging powerful analytical capabilities and integrating data from various sources, businesses can derive valuable insights for analytics and reporting purposes.

Within the realm of cloud computing, Microsoft Azure provides three distinct cloud models, each defining the level of control and maintenance responsibilities for customers. These cloud models facilitate the segregation of responsibility. In the upcoming section, we will examine each of these models, exploring how they help businesses to effectively manage their cloud resources.