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Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft Azure & the Cloud

Posted: Apr 7, 2017
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Frequently Asked Question about Microsft Azure & the Cloud

Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft Azure & the Cloud

Cloud has been one of the biggest trends for 2016 and continues its reign into 2017. The benefits have been stated over and over again but what are some of the new factors that will really push businesses to make the switch? Some of the most common questions that many IT people are asking are:

  • What makes cloud data storage a better choice than traditional servers?

    • Cloud has set itself apart by offering more economic and resource value than traditional, physical storage. Some platforms are even considered hybrid clouds. They are credited with being great for storage, infrastructure, data, applications and other things. Many people speculate about how secure data is once it is up in the cloud. While storage is better, there is still the threat of attack that many businesses worry about.
  • How disruptive will it be to integrate the cloud into our curent system?

    • The implementation of cloud brought about a lot of changes that left people wondering “Can it easily be integrated into current networks without too much delay and interruption? Also can it easily be regulated by current staff?” With the help of training, these needs can easily be met. Certain versions of cloud require different levels of certification but can be learned and obtained through proper training and exposure to cloud use.
  • Is cloud storage secure enough?

    • The end of server rooms and manual updates has come with the introduction of the cloud. It was a great step forward, but unfortunately not all industries could take this step. Industries that would highly benefit from cloud storage, like hospitals and government agencies. The reason for this is the strict security guidelines these professions are held to, guidelines like HIPAA. Aside from these jobs that hold strict rules, other businesses did worry about the security of their data up in the cloud. This is an issue still in debate today. Cloud security is a big question that has kept people from experiencing all the benefits it has to offer.
  • Will the cloud take my job?

How can Microsoft Azure help make these issues easier to understand and deal with?

Microsoft Azure was created as a cloud computing service. It’s a platform that connects to Microsoft’s global network and can connect easily with physical servers on your premises. Azure allows for lots of independence when it comes to deployment, applications and frameworks. It also provides many different facets to help meet all needs that could be asked of it. Azure is easily becoming a clear choice to organizations when looking to implement a cloud service.

 

Integration

Integration and implementation are two words that concerns many IT personnel. Azure is working to make these two dramas work in the IT department favor. The biggest difference between Azure and other systems is that Azure is a hybrid cloud platform. It has capabilities in infrastructure, data, apps and management that are more comprehensive than others cloud services. This helps with a seamless deployment. There is lots of choices for how to deploy Azure, which makes it much easier to customize the platform to work for each individual business. On premises deployment can be done with the help of the Azure portal, PowerShell, DevOps and more. Many tools are available to help with the implementation process.

Security

Azure has made itself a trustworthy name as is, but there is still many who speculate on the quality of security that Azure can bring. It would ease those naysayers to know that Microsoft Azure has met the qualifications put forth by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). The Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) tests products rigorously to hold them to different levels of assurance based on best practices and regulations. Self-Assessment, in which the company has tested itself and met STAR qualifications; Certification, where third party testing takes place to assess the security of the cloud provider; Attestation, when CSA tests the product using expert research components as well as third party testing; finally, Continuous Monitoring, where CSA constantly monitors the cloud to keep integrity secure. Most cloud providers only do Self-Assessment. Azure has gone all the way through to Attestation.

Careers & Training

Cloud use has become more and more common and many IT workers are worried about their jobs once the cloud has been implemented. These employees are worried that that their jobs will be obsolete. This is not true. While Azure can do a lot of things that may have previously taken a couple of people to do, it is still at the core a system, which requires upkeep. People will need to learn how to help with updates. Even though it is innovated, Azure will still require updates and like many of Microsoft’s products, there are many different tools that can be used. New features and updates are frequently being released, occasionally on a weekly basis. That is where many IT employees will come in; to help implement training to end users and those with a less technical background. Training will be needed to be sure that everyone has the same understanding on how to best utilize Azure and make it work the best for their company.


Changes in any form of IT can bring about a lot of questions. Luckily, Microsoft Azure has many of the answers to the most commonly asked questions and even some of those that are a little more specific. Many aspects of Azure have already been rolled out by Microsoft but there are still many great features they are working towards as well as lots of training to be done for your organization before full implementation can be done.

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