You may have heard in the news recently that Microsoft Azure is poised to overtake AWS as the revenue leader in the public cloud market. It is no secret that Microsoft Azure is complex and a great level of expertise is needed to manage it. But, there is also a lot of misinformation out there about the capabilities of Microsoft Azure. Let’s look at five myths and set the record straight.
Microsoft Azure boasts the most comprehensive compliance coverage with more certifications than any other cloud provider. Microsoft was one of the organizations that participated in the multi year development of ISO/IEC 19086-1, a common set of cloud standards, including terms and definitions, to create cloud Service Level Agreements. As an industry leader for privacy protection, Microsoft provides unique data residency guarantees to protect your data, whether in transit, at rest or during application processing. Microsoft’s assertion of these assurances is an important step in making customers comfortable with the public cloud.
In an effort to increase engagement with open-source projects and communities, Microsoft joined forces with the Linux Foundation. In fact, one in three Azure virtual machines (VM) now runs on Linux. Microsoft realizes that is where the customers are and that open source has become the dominant development paradigm. To that end, Microsoft has also become the top open-source GitHub contributor, enthusiastically embracing the software model.
Azure is available in 34 regions around the world, and Microsoft has announced plans to spread to six more. The global datacenter distribution of Azure is public and available. These datacenters are equipped with powerful servers, massive storage capacity, and very high redundancy to ensure continuous uptime. Microsoft is targeting geographic expansion to provide even higher performance rates and to support customer requirements and preferences for data locations. For customers in regulatory controlled businesses or countries with data protection laws, this is critical. Microsoft’s goal is to be explicitly transparent with the geographic location of customers’ data at all times.
Recent updates to Microsoft Azure have reduced latency and increased overall throughput. Microsoft’s hardware upgrade across its data centers and accelerated networking for single root I/O virtualization provides up to 25 Gbps of throughput and a latency reduction of up to 10x. Microsoft estimates the overall enhancements to its servers improve network performance by 33 to 50 percent.
Microsoft Azure will match Amazon Web Services on bandwidth, compute, and storage pricing. Microsoft Azure has also reduced their prices up to 50% for commodity services.
While efficiency is built-in with public cloud storage, increased innovation is arguably a greater benefit. Public cloud storage allows developers to focus on innovation and development in their industry instead of spending their time on organization maintenance and management. Microsoft Azure handles complex tasks for corporations. Developers’ time can instead be spent on business-transforming advancements such as machine learning, cognitive services, microservices, and event-driven functions.
All technology requires a learning curve. So, why should Microsoft Azure be any different? There is an abundance of Azure management tools available to assist in transitioning to the cloud. These include Microsoft native tools, third-party vendor interfaces, and applications from the open source community. These tools extend Azure with features such as onboarding tools, automated provisioning, and infrastructure management, offering greater application stability and deep insight into system performance.
Wherever you are on the cloud journey, hopefully, you now know some facts about the capabilities of Microsoft Azure to help you take the next steps with confidence.
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