Microsoft Azure is part of the 3 main components of the cloud computing XaaS family consisting of IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). Azure is both IaaS and PaaS, and like all cloud computing services their overall business benefits are to help any organization "achieve their desired business outcomes". Let's take quick look at one of these business benefits of Azure - Performance.
The speed and availability of applications to your users, whether they be employees, customers or partners, are critical to the success and competitiveness of your business. The promise of higher network, database and application performance was probably one of the top reasons you decided to implement Azure, as well as:
- High availability and redundancy via Microsoft’s numerous global data centers
- The ability to monitor databases via the Azure portal
- Built-in disaster recovery to ensure availability
- Reduced marketing cycles by delivering features faster with more than 100 end-to-end services
Performance Post Implementation
Azure provides many features and functions to help you achieve optimum performance and availability to your users. Here are 3 examples.
Utilize Azure Advisor to Improve App Service Performance and Reliability
Azure Advisor is a personalized cloud consultant that helps you follow best practices to optimize your Azure deployments. It then recommends solutions to help improve the performance, security, and high availability of your resources Advisor also integrates best practices recommendations for improving your App Services experience.
Improve Database Performance
Also utilizing Advisor you receive a consolidated view of recommendations for all your Azure resources. Specifically for SQL Databases, Advisor assesses the performance of your SQL Azure databases by analyzing your usage history. Next, it provides recommendations that are best suited for running the database’s typical workload.
Reduce DNS Time
Computers can only communicate using series of numbers. DNS was developed as a sort of “phone book” that translates the domain you enter in your browser into a computer readable IP. DNS latency and performance happen to be one of the main factors to providing poor user experience. Azures Traffic Manager profile allow your IT staff to specify how quickly to switch endpoints if a given endpoint stops responding to queries thus improving your customers' experience.
If your staff is not trained on how to use Azure's performance and availability advantages, you are not realizing one of the greatest benefits of Azure.
We created a simple 1-page Azure Business Benefits Guide and Assessment. Use this guide to assess your business benefits with Microsoft Azure. After, schedule a time to review your results in a free recommendations call.
In the next blog of our 5 part series The Business Benefits of Azure we'll discuss How to Prepare a Disaster Recovery Plan. Subscribe to our blog to be notified of the next published post.