Using Microsoft Azure in a Multi-Cloud Environment




A multi-cloud environment is the more efficient and uniform version of the hybrid cloud environment, which is quite popular in the enterprise landscape of today. By definition, a multi-cloud environment is one which leverages several cloud computing devices – thereby delegating various tasks to the integral cloud components. For some, it has proven very successful, for all the inherent risk factors it brings during the still relatively early days of cloud adoption.

The most common IaaS elements of today’s multi-cloud environments i.e. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, have brought their unique features to said environments, with Azure steadily gaining in popularity.

In a previous article, we discussed what role MS Azure should play in a multi-cloud strategy. Continuing in a similar vein, in this blog, we will be discussing the advantages of using Azure in a multi-cloud environment, how implementation can be streamlined, and how teams can benefit from MS Azure training, if the organization is looking to adopt Azure as part of their cloud family.

MS Azure Benefits in a Multi-Cloud Setting

As mentioned earlier, there are unique advantages to using any of the common cloud service providers such as AWS and Azure, however, Azure has been found to benefit businesses in particular, especially those who have considerably familiarity with Microsoft services and software. In addition to that, Azure has an advantage over other CSPs when it comes to hosting applications based in Linux. The tools and apps that Microsoft offers are invaluable to cloud engineers, as they are tailor made to streamline processes and design effective solutions.

The main benefits of Azure in the cloud is the speed and simplicity it brings. The tools are much easier to utilize, which enables the completion of a project without too much back on forth on the development front. Also, human resource for project development, management and completion is much easier to find with Azure, since Microsoft technologies have been used by the vast majority of existing and potential team members.

Practical Azure Usage in Multi-Cloud Settings

Cloud service providers have varying characteristics that, when adopted in to the broader strategy of an organization, provide unique functionality to operations. While they may be somewhat similar in structure and greater role, as part of a multi-cloud environment, their unique features differentiate them.

For Azure, it is always development of more complex and multi-layered applications where the Microsoft offering excels. Process-exclusivity is also an appreciated feature of Azure; one that allows it to ensure optimal business process efficiency. This particular quality is better for larger environments, where there are multiple processes running at the same time, and all the members involved in said processes need to have uniform access to their concerned databases.

The Active Directory that comes with Azure, functions as an online storage unit that can not only categorize information and sort it according to the roles to which it is assigned, but also allows for a better security framework to be constructed in the central cloud hub within the organization, upon which the entire infrastructure can be built.

This way, Azure tackles the issue of both seamless and swift development, as well as effective storage and access.

Training Teams on Microsoft Azure for Greater Multi-Cloud Functionality and Efficiency

With the advent of newer features within the CSP realm, as well as technology in general, we can expect the cloud to grow in scope and size. To accommodate that, cloud service providers are definitely going to keep innovating and increasing their service repertoire, to cope with the sudden demand.

The importance of Azure training, especially at this point in time, cannot be stressed enough. For development managers, training teams on Azure fundamentals and advanced functions will enable them to adopt Azure within their own multi-cloud strategy, while also assisting with hybrid cloud systems, if any.

Overall, Azure is a necessary technology to train your teams in, for greater multi-cloud implementation success.

About The Author
Associate Instructor

Yahya Siddiqui

Yahya has experience in the field of Microsoft Azure, Active Directory, Exchange Server, Office 365, System Center, PowerShell, and Proxy Server /TMG/ ISA Server. He has worked as System Administrator and deployed Active Directory & File Servers.

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