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Skype for Business

Skype for Business, formerly known as Microsoft Office Communicator or Microsoft Lync, is enterprise grade communications software. It allows messaging, meetings and HD video and audio calls up to 250 people and screen sharing all in one app that works with Microsoft Office 365.

There are 2 Skype for Business plans and it is also included with some office 365 plans.

Azure data centre regions

Of fortune 500 companies use the Microsoft Cloud

New Azure customer subscription per month

Microsoft Azure is a market leading cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacentres. Microsoft provides Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Application Platform as a Service, and Cloud Storage Services.

Azure allows you to quickly deploy infrastructures and services to meet all business needs. With enterprise-grade SLAs, you can run Windows and Linux-based applications in 22 Azure data centre regions, no upfront costs, no termination fees, and you will only pay for what you use.

Get more done

Integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build applications.

Run your apps anywhere

Use single sign-on to easily access cloud apps from Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.

Pay as you use

Scale up and down quickly to match demand, with no upfront cost you only pay for what you need.

Migrate, Manage, Protect

We can maximise your Azure offering, with ongoing operation, maintenance, and security services.

What is Microsoft Azure IaaS?

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services – analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web.

Is Microsoft Azure IaaS flexible?

Azure supports the broadest selection of operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, tools, databases and devices. Run Linux containers with Docker integration: build apps with JavaScript, Python, .NET, PHP, Java and Node.js; build back-ends for iOS, Android and Windows devices. Azure cloud service supports the same technologies that millions of developers and IT professionals already rely on and trust.

Do I have to choose between my data centre and the cloud?

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.

How widespread is Azure?

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.

Why should I choose Azure over other cloud providers?

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.

Is my data protected with Azure?

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.

Do I own and control my data if I use Azure?

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.

Does Azure meet compliance standards?

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.

Is migration and maintenance support available for 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.