Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service that enables businesses varying in size, access to solutions that solve any array of business challenges.  

Why Move to the Azure? 

Azure cloud is a hosting service software, specifically designed for businesses focused on creating enhanced efficiency, as opposed to delegating precious company resources to operating in-house hardware (i.e., servers).  

Solutions offered by Microsoft Azure include:  

Linux Virtual Machines – Azures virtual machines allow users to virtualize processes, such as: 

  • Development & Test – You can easily create configurations, specifically designed to code and tests applications. 
  • Applications in the Cloud – Depending on the demand of your application, you can pay for extra Virtual Machines when you need them and shut them down when you don’t; which saves money. 
  • Extended Datacenter – You can easily connect Azure’s Virtual Machines to your organization’s network. 

Build a Web App – With Azure App Service, you have the ability to build and host web apps, RESTful APIs, and mobile back ends, in your preferred programming language, without having to manage infrastructure. This is because Azure App Service offers auto-scaling and high availability in Linux and Windows, with automatic deployments of Azure DevOps, GitHub, and all Git repo. 

Store and Transfer Data and Apps – Azure Storage is a cloud solution that solves an array of data storage issues. Azure Storage focuses on offering a file system service for the cloud, massive scalability, a messaging store, and a NoSQL store.     

Build a Serverless App – Azure Functions is a service specifically designed to run small pieces of code in the cloud, which enables users to focus on writing code for a specific problem, as opposed to focusing on the application as a whole. You can develop applications in your preferred language (i.e., C#, JavaScript, Java, PowerShell, or Python), and as your application grows, Azure scales as needed. 

Build a Data-Driven App – Azure SQL Database is a multi-layered, high-performing, highly available data storage service for the applications in Azure. It enables users to process-relational data and non-relational structures, such as XML, JSON, spatial, and graphs.  

3 Steps to Migrate to Azure Cloud Safely 

Cloud systems are fast taking the place of on-premises infrastructure, and it is only a matter of time before businesses store all their data in the cloud. Leading cloud platforms like the Azure hosting services promise a lot of benefits to prospective clients and rightly so. As you choose to migrate to Azure, what practices will guarantee the safety of your data? 

Develop a Migration Strategy 

Employees and processes will feel the brunt of moving your systems to the cloud. You’ll, therefore, need to be clear on your reasons for making the switch to enjoy a seamless migration and the full benefits of the movement. With all the pertinent details in check, assess all the infrastructure you intend to transfer. Your software, workload, and applications are all components of this infrastructure. The assessment helps you prepare for the specific needs of each of your products and features. 

Use the Site Recovery Service for Integration 

Replicate your workloads to a secondary location and keep your data safe as you move to the cloud. This service ensures that your apps will keep running in the event of an outage during migration. 

Decommission Resources Progressively 

Businesses can be tempted to shut down all their on-premises systems once the migration is complete. It is, however, essential to assess your operations on the cloud and decommission one system at a time. When you are confident in your new system, disconnect the on-premises infrastructure completely. 

These Azure Migration Tools should also lighten the migration process. 

  • Cost Estimator
  • Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool
  • Microsoft Migration Accelerator
  • Azure Migrate Tool

In Conclusion 

Moving to the cloud is an inevitable decision for any business keen on making headways in today’s competitive market. From data backup to disaster recovery and machine learning data analysis, migration to TMC Azure Cloud offers a host of benefits to your company. Leverage our flexible migration options and enjoy a smooth switch to a better data storage platform.  

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