Azure “limitless sky” Cloud Capability powers business strategy during COVID Pandemic

Azure “limitless sky” Cloud Capability powers business strategy during COVID Pandemic

Here is an overview of how Microsoft Azure Works

Introduction

Microsoft is an expert in virtualization for deploying Applications, Platform and Infrastructure Services. Their complex powers solutions of all sizes of business use cases of Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure’s enables businesses enterprises to businesses to develop, deploy and run applications or services leveraging Microsoft’s powerful network of Microsoft managed data centers. Azure supports solutions of all sizes, from simple to very complex, to use their complete PAAS (Platform As A Service) cloud computing service offering by Microsoft.

The real power is Azure Platform Dashboard as a service is it’s enhanced analytics dashboard. Using common data federation to create business case driven custom views delivers an intuitive, comprehensive view of their service performance, content, data, and service quality.

What it is

Azure Platform as a service (PaaS) solutions is a complete cloud based deployment and development environment enabling flexible, scaleable cloud-enabled applications and services.

The Azure cloud platform includes more + 200 products and cloud services designed to help bring new solutions, solve business challenges and create the future of applications and services. Build, run, and manage applications across multiple clouds, on-premises, and at the edge, with flexible tools and framework mix of choice.

Azure’s PaaS includes a complete infrastructure of servers, storages, networking, and middleware development tools including business intelligence services (BI), database management systems, etc. The complete platform is offered in Azure PaaS for seamless application hosting, with the server and OS Maintenance provided by Microsoft.

It’s power for the host company is the dashboard to view the details of their hosted applications. The owner of a PaaS service can view detailed implementation of the developed application to decide whether to scale it up or down depending on the traffic that the application receives.

Who Uses It

Microsoft Azure cloud service consumption is up 775% since the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak! The COVID Global Pandemic has brought solutions to one most challenging facing all businesses. Suddenly most businesses need to enabling safe, secure Desktop as a Service- work from home or anywhere issues.

Microsoft Azure is winning marketshare from small and large business, government, education, healthcare, sports, top brands in all industry, and non profit charities that save and develop lives.

Microsoft Azure is favored for the advantage of scalability and the powerful data center, as a managed service, simple. Companies can scale, enterprises or projects, without having to pay for rent, staff, electricity, etc.

Microsoft Azure revenue growth rocketed 62% last year. The impressive 1 year revenue growth curve, in part from COVID fueling location and employment mobility, new business began looking to move to the cloud platform, and existing customers looking to bring new and different service mixes to market. Azure helped scale business better in a Post Covid environment.

As a Best Practices Professional and President of the Silicon Valley IT Service Management Forum, I am fascinated with the use of technology to solve problems. Here are links to interesting use cases for Microsoft Azure. The companies in this list who are represented in BOLD are companies I have worked with.

TOP USERS OF MICROSOFT AZURE PAAS:

1) Verizon: $79.9 million
2) MSI Computer: $78 million
3) LG Electronics: $76.7 million
4)  CenturyLink: $61.9 million
5) NTT America: $48.7 million
6) Wikimedia Foundation: $42.6 million
7) LinkedIn Corporation: $41.2 million
8) News Corp: $40.5 million
9)  Adobe: $39.9 million
10) Intel: $38.5 million

Microsoft lists +1,700 Azure Customer case studies

Here are some of the interesting uses by the world’s government, most luxurious Automobiles, Leading Health Care, Charities, Technology, Arts, Entertainment, and Sports, even the Nobel Peace Price operations are using Microsoft Azure:

3M Informatics, 360T, Absolut, Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Accenture, AccuWeather, Adobe, Airbus Defence and Space, Alaska Airlines, AllRecipes.com, American Cancer Society, Amtrak, Anheiser Busch, AP Moller Maersk, Asics, Aston Martin, Avanade, Bell, Bentley, Bing Ads, BMI Media, BMW, Bosch, Boys and Girls Club of America, BP, Brooks Running (Berkshire Hathaway), Caesars Entertainment, CBRE, Chevron, Chipotle, Cisco, Citrix, City of Taipei, Coca-Cola, Cricket Australia, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Digital Air Strike, Docusign, DriveTime, EcoLab, EY, Exxon Mobil, First West Credit Union, Franklin Templeton, GE Aviations Group, Genesys, GeekWire, Genentech, GEICO, Gilead Science, Guidewire, H&R Block, Hearst Corporation, Heineken, Hershey Company, Honeywell Inc., HP, Humana, Human Capital Institute, InterContinental Hotels Group, Johnson Controls, Kaiser Permanente, Kelly Services, KMG Chemicals, Kohler, Konica Minolta, KPMG, LexisNexis, Lexmark International, LinkedIn, Los Angeles Clippers, Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Mall of America, Marc Jacobs, Make a Wish Foundation, Media24, Metlife, Miami Heat, Monday.com, Mount Sinai Hospital, NBC Universal, NCR, Nestle, Nobel Media AB, NTT Data, Outback Steakhouse, Owens Illinois, Palo Alto Networks, PepsiCo, PharmID, Pitney Bowes, Polycom, Progressive Insurance, PWC, Rackspace Hosting, Red Wing Shoes, Reuters, Ricoh USA, Roche Diagnostics, Rockwell Automation, Rolls Royce, Save the Children, Schneider Electric, Seattle Seahawks, Second Harvest Food Bank, Siemens, SiriusIQ, Stater Bros, Sony Playstation, State Farm, Special Olympics, Spirit Airlines, Stanford Healthcare, Star Entertainment Group, St Luke’s University Health Network, Symantec Corporation, Tata Realty Infrastructure, TD Bank, TD Securities, TEKSystems, Telenor, Tencent, Thales Digital Factory, Transport for London, Trek Bicycle Corporation, Toyota, Tucson Electric Power, Uber, Ubisoft, UNICEF, United Nations Development Programme, United States Air Force, University of Vermont Medical Center, Vivli, VMWare, Vodafone, Walgreens, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Whole Foods, Wineshipping, Wipro Holmes, Wix, Xbox, Youth Employment Service (YES)

How to get a free trial instance.

Scott Duffy, a Udemy Instructor, produced a very nice Introduction to Microsoft Azure: Getting Started for Beginners

You can get a free Azure account, as a test bed, to try now, and you won’t be charged until you choose to buy/upgrade via pay as you go. Questions on what you can do are available here.

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