Microsoft's Azure platform has quickly shot into the lead as the industry standard for cloud services. With Azure's multi-faceted, cost efficient suite of cloud products, organizations of all sizes can't take advantage of savings, high availability, improved security, and a variety of backup solutions. Azure offers reasonably priced subscriptions for backup and site recovery services. SQL services in Azure provides any size organization with the power of SQL server combined with the latest technological developments for the database platform. Microsoft even offers remote desktop solutions that are both scalable and cost-efficient.

 

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Azure backup

Costly tape backup systems can be eliminated with Microsoft's Azure Backup services which meets the need for the increased demands of data retention in the marketplace. Organizations can reduce costs of backup storage, improve efficiency and ensure data is available when needed, all while taking advantage of cloud technology and scalability. Azure Backup Server manages machine backups and configuration of restoration procedures while keeping two days of available data. This is used as part on-premises to Azure Cloud solutions.

Meanwhile, Azure Backup Service runs on the cloud and manages the backup configurations and retains recovery points while it enforces policies. Likewise, with Blob Storage, partner solutions such as Commvault, can be connected with Azure Blob Storage to Azure backup locations. Azure StorSimple offers tiered archival for StorSimple appliances which allows for staging data on Azure Blob Storage in hot and cold implementations. All of these Azure backup services simplify off-site company backups. Also, businesses can reduce the cost of tapes and maintenance of tape libraries and drives with Azure's backup solutions. Capital budgets are reduced, and organizational efficiency improved with more reliable backup, retention and recovery.

Vault-based backup and recovery options follow a traditional business consistency models for disaster recovery by backing up data according to set of policies, some even with tape systems. On-premise, hybrid implementations without the need for high availability gain greater efficiencies from vault management.

Backup Vault works as a cloud-to-cloud implementation for cloud-based VMs so data can be backed-up without disruption to services. On-premise physical servers and VMs can be backed up to the Azure Backup Vault by installing a management agent for the backup policies.

A wide array of backup components may be used with Backup Vault. Azure Backup (MARS) agent is used for on-premise physical and VM server to backup data just like a traditional backup paradigm by replacing backup servers with a Recovery Services vault. System Center DPM provides a wider variety of backup options including Linux OS backups from VMs including options for on-premise tapes. Azure Backup Server has as many options as System Center DPM without tape support. Azure IaaS VM Backup backs up VM servers allowing for restoration at the server level only. The options meet any organizational need.

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Azure Site Recovery

Companies concerned about high availability at lower costs can take advantage of Azure site recovery. Flexible plans include on premise implementations to off-site data centers or highly available cloud services which can fail over without disruption to other Azure data centers. Again, scalability, cost efficiency and ease of implementation are among the numerous advantages to using Microsoft's cloud services. Azure site recovery provides unfailing high availability no matter the demands and workload an organization presents. A wide range of operating systems applications and SQL databases can be included in Azure's site recovery.

There are a myriad of business benefits and advantages to Azure Site Recovery. Effective business consistency and disaster recovery can be achieved since Azure ensures both simple and complex organizational consistency as recovery policies are enforced. Additionally, with a variety of VM server replication options, any business needs are met. Replication choices are available between Azure regions, from an on-premise data center to Azure or even between non-Azure cloud sites. Azure Site Recovery offers all the benefits of Azure services with the same flexibility.

Azure Site Replication offers workload replication, so demand surges can be managed. Microsoft has widely tested applications, so customers are sure to benefit from their existing workload demands. Data resilience and security is improved with flexible management, planning, monitoring and report tools. Complex recovery objectives can be met via Azure's scripts which can account for even manual pauses for specialized workloads.

Site outages become a thing of the past for Site Recovery's high availability, application consistency as well as development, testing and staging. New implementations of applications can be easily developed, tested and completed to organizational standards without disruption even while using currently active application versions. Successfully developed application changes can then be replicated to live implementations without major disruptions.

Policies for failover between sites, no matter whether they are Azure cloud-based or organizational data center facilities, can be configured while maintaining business consistency. Recovery plans with many variations of priorities are managed based on organizational requirements and tested regularly for consistency. Existing business consistency and disaster recovery technologies such as Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn and System Center can be incorporated with Azure Site Recovery. An extensive script library for specific applications is available for download to provide robust automation capabilities. Network switchovers become a simple matter with Azure Site Recovery because of its integration of network management including IP reservations, load-balancing or other configurations.

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Azure Remote Desktops

Virtual desktop infrastructure is yet another service offered within Azure as a subscription. Remote Desktop services are both scalable and functional, allowing corporations and organizations to provide their employees with a wide range of applications which even have access to the Internet. Security is still a prime focus with user access managed through Azure active directory. Remote Desktop services through Azure subscriptions reduce cost, provide continued access to a variety of shared information and can be scaled at any point without the hassle of ordering additional hardware. Virtual desktops can be managed through Azure's storage volumes and security access easily applied. Azure answers the call from all sizes of organizations for Remote Desktop infrastructure.

As with VM server volumes, remote desktop infrastructures present businesses with predictive budgeting models coupled with scalability. Azure Remote Desktops reduce overhead from traditional hardware and support models.

Power and speed of remote desktops become a viable, cost-efficient option with Azure NC and NV instances. Users with higher graphic demanding functions such as engineers and other designers will benefit from Azure's Remote Desktop services without paying for high-priced hardware. Additionally, with Windows 10 available via Azure, licensing issues become much less expensive, while businesses gain access to newer applications and hosting in conjunction with Citrix. A virtual desktop infrastructure becomes a simpler prospect for businesses of any size.

Azure Remote Desktop enhances productivity with cost and power in mind, reducing time for support and installation for users. Standard desktop experiences based on department needs are easily developed without the need for testing and deployment that create even more support demands. Instead, the need for support can be reduced while improving availability, business leverage and satisfied users.

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SQL in Azure

Microsoft's latest version of SQL is an industry standard being adopted for its incredible new features. However, Microsoft also included SQL Database as a service in Azure which includes integrated features of both, improving cloud databases for high performance with cost efficiency in mind.

SQL as an Azure service works much the same as it does as an implementation with on-premise server installations. It retains all of it relational database features using relational data, JSON, spatial and XML The difference lies within Azure itself where the service provides dynamic scalability, automatic performance-tuning, backups, security and much more.

Whether you have one or thousands of databases, Azure's SQL database service works constantly with the fine-tuning of the database, learning the workload demands of a database to best manage it. Built on the same SQL coding as that of server-based implementations, the Azure version goes far beyond in the cloud-based environment. Such performance reduces the overhead of management while putting incredibly fast transactions into operation for businesses of all sizes using any variety of databases and applications. This leaves clients with the best performance while they can develop their most effective applications for their market.

Speed is everything to a database and Azure delivers speed with up-time, security, backups, scalability and cost efficiency. Intelligent optimization is the key function surrounding all these features. The Azure SQL database service constantly accounts for performance which alerts you to problems and best growth at best growth, while monitoring for any intrusions that need attention while backing up the data whether it's full, incremental or transaction logs.

With Azure SQL Database service and incredible SLA-based support system keeps all resources up at all times. Available across a wide range of datacenters, the service is patched, secured and backed up without fail. Business continuity is ensured with automatic backups, point-in-time restores, active geo-replication, and failover groups.

The combination of high-speed database queries with machine learning and new security features presents the highest standard of database development and management for businesses looking for the competitive edge.

Azure cloud-based products cover the needs of businesses with any size or budget in mind. Security, flexibility, and ease of use create the best available solutions. With SQL in Azure, Backup option, Remote Desktop instances and Site Recovery, Azure provides all any business could need with cost always in mind to suit budget concerns while reducing over and improving productivity.

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