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Microsoft Azure

TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT

There are over 1.2 billion Microsoft 365 users worldwide in over 1 million companies, so Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform is an obvious evolution in answer to the ever-increasing need for the transformation of business processes.

Being a Microsoft product, Azure offers significant benefits by way of Microsoft’s broad expertise and scope and, aligned to their 365 products, provides a comprehensive range of products and services to meet the demands of the modern ‘Digital Business’.

Second place only to AWS, Azure has over 200 products and cloud services designed to solve modern business challenges, It enables businesses to build, run and manage applications across multiple clouds, on-premise and at the edge.

Solutions
  • Application Development
  • Data and Analytics
  • AI
  • Hybrid Cloud & Infrastructure
  • Cloud Migration & Modernisation
  • Security & Governance
  • Websites
Company Facts
  • Ownership: Microsoft Corporation
  • Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, USA
  • EMEA: Dublin
  • Turnover: $61.27 billion (2021)
  • Employees: 181,000+
  • Subsidiaries: LinkedIn, Skype, GitHub
  • Website: microsoft.com
Pricing

In comparison to its main competitor, Azure is marginally cheaper when purchasing base on-demand services, but can be less competitive on longer-term commitments. However, one of Azure’s key attributes is that it’s a pay-as-you-go service and allows you to access more resources as and when you need it – you can get a server configured to your specification in less than 20 minutes.

As part of the wider Microsoft product suite, Azure integrates well with other Microsoft products, which can help to reduce the implementation and training costs of any comprehensive transformation project.

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