Differentiate Between Microsoft Azure and On Premises
Traditionally, businesses and other organizations would host their own infrastructure. A business would have its own web server (or email server, or whatever) on its own hardware. If more power was needed, the business would have to purchase more server hardware. The business would also have to pay someone to administrate that hardware and pay for a solid Internet connection to serve its customers. Alternatively, there are hosting companies that host your services on some of their own hardware in their data centers, for a fee.
Microsoft has leveraged its constantly-expanding worldwide network of data centers to create Azure, a cloud platform for building, deploying, and managing services and applications, anywhere. Azure lets you add cloud capabilities to your existing network through its platform as a service (PaaS) model, or entrust Microsoft with all of your computing and network needs with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Either option provides secure, reliable access to your cloud hosted data—one built on Microsoft’s proven architecture. Azure provides an ever expanding array of products and services designed to meet all your needs through one convenient, easy to manage platform. Below are just some of the capabilities Microsoft offers through Azure and tips for determining if the Microsoft cloud is the right choice for your organization.
Unlike other vendors, the Microsoft Azure cloud offers high availability and redundancy in data centers on a global scale.
Microsoft Azure has a strong focus on security, following the standard security model of Detect, Assess, Diagnose, Stabilize and Close. Paired with strong cyber security controls, this model has allowed Azure to achieve multiple compliance certifications, all of which establish Azure as a leader in IaaS security. Not only is the platform protected, the end user is also covered with Azure. This multi-level of protection is essential as security threats continue to multiply daily across the globe, targeting end users and putting your business’ data at risk. Azure provides simple, user-friendly services for increased protection, such as multi-factor authentication and application password requirements.
Microsoft Azure makes it easy to scale compute power up or down with nothing more than the click of a button. With this scalability structure, businesses have the flexibility to pay for only what they use.
It’s imperative to keep IT budgets in mind when choosing a cloud provider, which is why the Microsoft Azure platform is so attractive to many organizations. Azure’s pay-as-you-go pricing allows organizations to better manage their IT budgets, purchasing only as much as they need. Additionally, the cloud environment allows businesses to launch both customer applications and internal apps in the cloud, which saves on IT infrastructure costs while reducing the hardware and maintenance burdens on in-house IT management.
On-premises, by definition, is using your own physical infrastructure to run servers, emails, network and storage facilities on your own premises. This has its advantages and disadvantages, like any other system, but in the Fintech industry it’s slowly fading in significance as more security issues and data-encryption problems are being solved by ever-evolving Fintech cloud services.
Comparison of Azure Cloud Computing Vs On-Premises
As you can see, both Cloud Computing and On-Premises IT systems each have their own advantages, along with a range of disadvantages. The real task begins in choosing the option that best suits your organization, while taking into account the products and services that your company offers.
Whether an initial large investment, or smaller regular payments suits your budget, the main fear factor on everyone’s minds is the security of data and how safe is it when held in the Cloud Vs On-Premises. Both options offer highly-secure data encryption and tokenization to protect user and financial data.
EXPERTISE At Dalwax, we’ve tackled several challenging Azure transformation journeys for our customers, by re-architecting and rewriting their applications from the ground up to be Azure-native. Along the way, we learned some key lessons on how to re-architect applications to be modular, scalable, fault tolerant and ultra-responsive.
PaaS & Container Architectures
We are experts at converting traditional stateful applications into modern applications leveraging Azure PaaS services and container architectures for total control over scalability and resilience.
While modernizing applications we leverage an Agile DevOps driven approach that enables application delivery transformation by enabling toolchains and processes that support continuous integration and continuous delivery.
We can help develop and implement best-fit architectures and components depending on whether your application is heavy on end-user interactions (predominantly user driven and UI / UX is important) vs Event driven (IoT and business process automation Intelligent apps).
Corporate compliance, governance and performance considerations can mandate application components to remain within Private cloud or existing on-premise environments, and still talk to the Public cloud components. Our experts can help design solutions for optimal performance and scale.
While monolithic, on-premise applications are perceived to be secure due to the ability to implement centralized security policies while behind corporate firewalls, with our knowledge and expertise we can help deploy enhanced security postures within your Azure cloud environments.
We can help businesses efficiently leverage ready-to-use Azure cloud services and solution components to reduce development time while benefitting from the inherent cloud native features of the services. Our experts strike the right balance between upfront vs ongoing benefits of using these services.
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