Microsoft Azure: hosting your software in the cloud — Enable

Microsoft Azure: hosting your software in the cloud

Filed as ArticlesPosted January 26, 2018

Enable has more than 15 years of experience in designing, securing, and maintaining hosting environments on which our bespoke software solutions depend. Increasingly, we are deploying solutions to Azure, Microsoft’s globally-available cloud hosting platform. This leaves our clients safe in the knowledge their software is not only maintained and developed by Enable’s highly skilled team of developers but is also hosted on a secure and powerful platform in the form of Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure is a popular cloud hosting service that offers a secure, modern hosting platform with powerful features, such as the automatic provisioning of additional processing power during periods of high demand and continuous security-health monitoring, available out of the box. With industry leading hosting supporting our applications, developers at Enable are free to focus on delivering reliable and highly engaging software solutions.

What are the benefits?

Hosting software in the cloud offers an array of benefits over running your own hardware, including increased flexibility, quick and easy scalability, a high level of security, and reduced costs. Microsoft Azure provides all these benefits and more.

Almost all businesses heavily depend on software solutions running reliably around the clock

1. Security

Security is embedded into Azure. Leveraging Microsoft’s significant experience and investment in security practices, Azure meets a vast array of compliance standards and regulatory requirements, ensuring that customer data is safe and resistant to attack.

2. Availability

With a global network of over 35 data centres, highly available applications are a breeze to configure with Microsoft Azure. Applications and data can be replicated across the globe, placing software close to users and ensuring that it is resilient to any single point of failure. Many Azure services are guaranteed to be available at least 99.9% of the time.

3. Analysis

Strong business intelligence and analytics support is available out of the box in Azure, providing valuable information to application developers. This information is invaluable for ensuring that applications are running smoothly and to identify and eliminate any potential bottlenecks.

4. Cost & Auto-scaling

A powerful feature of Azure is auto-scaling. Rather than over-provisioning server resources to meet peak demands, and paying for these resources even during quiet periods, auto-scaling allows computational resources to scale to meet ever-changing workloads. This means there is no need to worry about slowdown, or even downtime, of services caused by a sudden spike in users since processing power can automatically scale up to meet this demand. Cost savings can also be unlocked by scaling down resources when they are not required.

Conclusion

With almost all businesses heavily dependent on software solutions running reliably around the clock, it is important that your software is hosted in a reliable and scalable environment. Enable have found that Microsoft Azure is able to provide the level of performance and reliability required to host even the most demanding applications.

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