Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services – analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web.
No – Azure easily integrates with your existing IT environment through the largest network of secure private connections, hybrid database and storage solutions, and data residency and encryption features – so your assets stay right where you need them. And with Azure Stack, you can bring the Azure model of application development and deployment to your data centre. Azure hybrid cloud solutions give you the best of both worlds: more IT options, less complexity and cost. That’s why it’s one of the best cloud computing services available.
As the best cloud service from Microsoft, Azure runs on a worldwide network of Microsoft-managed data centres across 22 regions – that’s more countries and regions than Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud combined. This fast-growing global footprint gives you lots of options for running applications and ensuring great customer performance. Azure is also the first multinational cloud provider in mainland China.
From small dev-test projects to global product launches, Azure is engineered to handle any workload. More than 66 per cent of Fortune 500 companies rely on Azure, which offers enterprise-grade SLAs on services, 24/7 tech support and round-the-clock service health monitoring. Customers include Skanska, Heineken, 3M, Dyson, Paul Smith, Mazda, GE Healthcare, Trek, McKesson, Milliman, Towers Watson, NBC Sports, TVB and many, many more.
Microsoft has made an industry-leading commitment to the protection and privacy of your data. They were the first cloud provider recognised by the European Union’s data protection authorities for their commitment to rigorous EU privacy laws. Microsoft was also the first major cloud provider to adopt the new international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018.
With Azure, you have ownership of customer data – that is, all data, including text, sound, video or image files and software that is provided to Microsoft by you, or on your behalf, through the use of Azure. You can access your customer data at any time and for any reason without assistance from Microsoft. Microsoft will not use customer data or derive information from it for advertising or data mining.
You are in control of your data. Because the customer data you host on Azure belongs to you, you have control over where it is stored and how it is securely accessed and deleted.
Azure meets a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards, such as ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP, SOC 1 and SOC 2, as well as country-specific standards, such as Australia IRAP, UK G-Cloud and Singapore MTCS.
Rigorous third-party audits, such as by the British Standards Institute, verify Azure’s adherence to the strict security controls these standards mandate. As part of Microsoft’s commitment to transparency, you can verify their implementation of many security controls by requesting audit results from the certifying third parties.
When Microsoft verifies that their services meet compliance standards and demonstrates how they achieve compliance, that makes it easier for customers to secure compliance for the infrastructure and applications they run in Azure.
Yes. We provide an additional service specifically for Azure customers. They will assist with all steps of transition, from a readiness check, through to migration, and then ongoing maintenance and security assistance if required.