The need to implement cloud infrastructure is often associated with specific customer expectations, such as better scalability, competitive services and flexibility in terms of choosing licensing models. In today’s article, we’ll look at the Azure platform in this context. Azure solutions allow me to meet the requirements of most companies and create highly available and scalable solutions.
When to decide on the cloud
The most common reasons for moving infrastructure to the cloud are primarily the need to develop an application or a system using a solution that can be easily expanded, and which simplify maintenance-related aspects as much as possible. The ideal situation for a developer is building a cloud application from scratch. Unfortunately, I often come across cases in which an existing application, created in the client’s environment, cannot utilize the potential of the cloud and requires significant modifications to adapt to the cloud environment. This situation occurs especially while dealing with a monolithic application that does not have independent components required by the mechanisms of cloud platforms. In which situations should you consider moving existing applications or the environment to the cloud?
Cloud – when to consult?
If we want to focus on the development of the application itself, instead of constantly solving network or hardware problems, then the cloud will definitely be the best solution. However, migrating to the cloud on your own is not always the best idea. If we do not have experience in the cloud solutions field, it is worth considering the involvement of a partner who has experience in implementing these types of services, e.g. as part of IT outsourcing.
When to take advantage of consultations?
We need an analysis of which solutions can be transferred to the cloud. It may turn out that the work associated with moving the application will require major modifications, which will impact costs.
We need help with cost estimation.
We need to define the scope of services for our solution.
We want to plan the use of the solution in terms of making it available in many locations.
Currently, companies can choose from many solutions from global cloud service providers, such as Amazon, Microsoft or Google. In this article, we will take a closer look at Microsoft, an Azure service provider.
Azure platform – benefits:
Possibility of using native cloud services
The implementation of cloud services completely eliminates the need for server maintenance in the case of choosing Platform as a Service. A customer who decides on Azure gains highly available, scalable services, and the supplier takes responsibility for their correct functioning.
Possibilities of creating web application solutions
One option is to use the AppServices service, thanks to which the CI / CD (Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery) process is significantly simplified. This service offers the possibility of easy scaling and monitoring of the application. AKS (Azure Kubernetes Service) is another very useful solution, which uses docker containers to build architecture based on clusters. This allows for high scalability of the service.
The possibility of choosing the SQL database depending on our requirements
In the case of the Azure SQL Database, we have the option of choosing the appropriate version of the database depending on our requirements. Standard and Premium packages are available. You can choose the model in which the base will scale depending on the load. To choose the suitable model and estimate the approximate price of the Azure SQL Database, it is worth consulting an outsourcing partner.
The serverless service allows you to host server code without having a physical server. Microsoft, for example, provides this service under the name AzureFunctions. Thanks to this, there is no need to purchase access to the server in order to delegate the task to the cloud. Also, there is no need to invest in a virtual machine. The advantage of such a solution is that we pay only for usage, i.e. the time during which we use resources, because it is a service triggered by specific events (event-driven). This solution also ensures good integration with other cloud components, such as LogicApp. The use of this service is useful in the context of architecture – we use a standalone, scalable component by moving it to AzureFunctions.
Better performance monitoring
Azure provides advanced monitoring of application performance and allows users to create operations statistics; it can also send alerts about critical situations, e.g. through the Application Insights service. It allows you to measure how time-consuming operations are, which is a very useful feature for administrators and programmers. Application Insights monitors the condition of a given web application. Administrators also have the possibility of defining alerts sent in critical situations – e.g. email notification to a specific person regarding the functioning of the application on the Azure platform.
The available Azure services meet security requirements from the very beginning. We gain the possibility of encrypting our data, configuring a firewall, defining access limitations, e.g. via Azure Active Directory. Through the Security Center we can monitor the security status of the application, and thanks to the Advisor service we can receive information about unsecured areas of the application and any incidents.
7. Integration with external systems
Azure also enables integration with other applications by using the previously mentioned Logic App service, which works similarly to Microsoft Flow. Thanks to Logic App, you can connect applications that are important to your business. This allows you to automate workflows and thus saves employees time. For example, you can set notifications that will be automatically sent using Office 365 each time a specific event occurs in one of the systems or applications used.
8. Central access to services
By choosing Azure, we gain access to a portal from which we can manage all services and servers. Regardless of whether we want to use the Internet of Things, blockchain or Active Directory solutions, we have access to all services from one place.
The Azure cloud is a scalable and flexible solution. In an accessible way, it allows you to tailor the service and costs to customer needs, thanks to services such as Platform as a Service, Azure Functions or Application Insights. Before deciding on specific services from the range offered, it is worth taking advantage of assistance from an experienced partner who will help you to carry out pre-implementation analysis and initially estimate the costs associated with moving the infrastructure to the cloud.
Every day actively involved in the project implementation for JCommerce clients. He has been working in the profession for over 10 years. Specializes in solutions for web applications. After hours karate man, swimmer, dad.
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