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Microsoft Azure is the largest cloud globally, made up of an ever-increasing number of services available from any of Microsoft’s 50+ global Azure regions, including 4 within Australia.
Microsoft are currently spending over a billion dollars a month on cloud development – adding to their IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service) technology catalogue. Cloud adoption is not a one off task – it’s a continuing evolving project as technology changes.
Microsoft Azure break down their services into three key areas:
Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) is hardware infrastructure which can be provisioned instantly and managed for you in the cloud by the service provider, in this case Microsoft Azure.
Platform as a Service (Paas) is hardware infrastructure, and the operating system which can be provisioned instantly and managed for you in the cloud by the service provider, in this case Microsoft Azure.
Software as a Service (SaaS) is hardware infrastructure, operating system, and application which can be provisioned installed and managed for you in the cloud by the service provider, in this case Microsoft Azure.
Moving to Azure doesn’t need to be a scary or risky process. Your existing network can be extended to Azure, allowing you to leverage cloud technology for redundancy or a particular application. Generally speaking there are four main drivers for cloud adoption: