What is the Microsoft Azure Cloud and How Can It Help My Business?
Microsoft Azure is a set of cloud services that help companies overcome business challenges. Azure offers organizations the ability to effectively and affordably manage data back-up, disaster recovery, and security.
Microsoft Azure Data Back Up
With Azure back-up solutions, you can protect your data and applications to avoid costly business interruptions or to meet compliance requirements. Securely extend your on-premises backup storage and data archiving solutions to the cloud—reducing cost and complexity, while achieving efficiency and scalability.
•Increase capacity while reducing costs: With a low-cost, massively-scalable, tiered backup storage solution in the cloud, you’ll reduce forecasting risks while transforming capital expenditure commitments to a pay-as-you-go cloud model.
•Manage backup and data archiving: Simplify backup and data archiving with backup-as-a-service and hybrid storage solutions that easily restore data and applications from the cloud.
•Ensure compliance: Benefit from the most comprehensive compliance portfolio available, get more than 99 years of retention for your backup data, and pick any Azure region around the globe for your backup and archive location.
Utilize Azure to back up on-premises data, Azure data and applications, and to archive on-premises data.
Disaster Recover with Microsoft Azure
Even a minor outage can put you at a competitive disadvantage. So, be ready with a business continuity plan that includes disaster recovery for all your major IT systems—without the expense of secondary infrastructure.
•Protect all of your major IT systems. Affordably: Eliminate the hassle and cost of secondary datacenters and tap into nearly infinite capacity at a moment’s notice with a cloud-based data recovery solution designed for the needs of enterprises.
•Unify data management, security, and protection: Achieve business goals for continuity and compliance throughout the lifecycle of your apps.
•Ensure apps work when you need them the most: Rest assured during an outage or disaster scenario with a disaster recovery solution that protects and natively supports the widest range of enterprise applications of any cloud disaster recovery provider.
•Perform tests any time for complete confidence: When a disaster hits, the last thing you want is to run into a problem. Test your business continuity plans, or run dev-test copies of production workloads in Azure whenever you need to, and without impacting users. Plus, test new versions of applications with copies of live data, and then seamlessly put the new version into production in your datacenter.
Security with Microsoft Azure
With an increase in security breaches and cybercrimes, companies are rightfully concerned about the security of their data in the cloud. Azure has several options for managing and monitoring your assets …
•Understand security state across on-premises and cloud workloads: Automatically discover and onboard new Azure resources, and apply security policies across your hybrid cloud workloads to ensure compliance with security standards. Collect, search, and analyze security data from a variety of sources, including firewalls and other partner solutions.
•Find vulnerabilities and remediate quickly: Continuously monitor the security of your machines, networks, and Azure services using hundreds of built-in security assessments or create your own.
•Limit your exposure to threats: Block malware and other unwanted code by applying application controls adapted to your specific workloads and powered by machine learning. Enable just-in-time, controlled access to management ports on Azure VMs to drastically reduce surface area exposed to brute force and other network attacks.
•Detect and respond swiftly to attacks: Use advanced analytics and the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to get an edge over evolving cyberattacks. Leverage built-in behavioral analytics and machine learning to identify attacks and zero-day exploits. Streamline investigation with interactive tools and contextual threat intelligence.
How Do You Know if Microsoft Azure is Right for Your Company?
•Due to business or compliance requirements, organizations are required to protect their data for years, and over time this data grows exponentially.
•Traditionally, tape has been used for long-term retention. Backup provides a compelling alternative to tape with significant cost savings, shorter recovery times, and up to 99 years of retention.
•Your backup data is secure over the wire and at rest. The backup data can be stored in geo-replicated storage which maintains 6 copies of your data across two Azure datacenters. For lower cost on less critical data, your backup can be local-replicated with 3 copies. With 99.9% service availability, Backup provides operational peace of mind.
•Built-in features, such as compression, encryption, longer retention, and bandwidth throttling, help boost IT efficiency.
•Site Recovery can help restore services if you have a site outage at your primary data center. This is true even for complex workloads. Azure Site Recovery makes it easy to test your site recovery plan whenever you want. It won’t disrupt normal operations.
•Use Site Recovery to protect Hyper-V, VMWare, and physical servers. It automatically manages replication. It does this by working with technologies such as System Center and SQL Server AlwaysOn.
•It can also migrate applications easily or temporarily push to Azure if there’s a higher demand. Site Recovery also makes it simple to develop and test new applications with copies of live data.
Azure Security Center has robust capabilities to prevent attacks. When threats do happen, Security Center can quickly detect and respond to threats with advanced analytics and Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph.
•Industry’s most extensive threat intelligence: Tap into the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, which uses trillions of signals from Microsoft services and systems around the globe to identify new and evolving threats.
•Advanced threat detection: Use built-in behavioral analytics and machine learning to identify attacks and zero-day exploits. Monitor networks, machines, and cloud services for known attack patterns and post-breach activity.
•Prioritized alerts and incidents: Focus on the most critical threats first with prioritized security alerts and incidents that map alerts of different types into a single attack campaign. Create your own custom security alerts as well.
•Streamlined investigation: Quickly assess the scope and impact of an attack with a visual, interactive experience. Use predefined or ad hoc queries for deeper exploration of security data.
•Contextual threat intelligence: Visualize the source of attacks on an interactive world map. Use built-in threat intelligence reports to gain valuable insight into the techniques and objectives of known malicious actors.
ArcherPoint provides support services for Azure deployment and maintenance, as well as data migration services for Microsoft Dynamics NAV versions 2016 and 2017 to the Azure cloud.
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