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Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, a growing collection of integrated services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money.  Receive you complimentary Azure assessment and strategy service here!


Why Azure?


It delivers unmatched productivity

Any developer or IT professional can be productive with Azure. Azure’s integrated tools, pre-built templates, and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, web, and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills developers and IT professionals already have and technologies they already know. Microsoft is also the only vendor positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Application Platform as a Service, and Cloud Storage Services for the second consecutive year.

It’s open and flexible

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


It works with existing IT

Some cloud providers make you choose between your datacenter and the cloud. Not Azure, which 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. You can even run Azure in your own datacenter with Azure Stack. Azure’s hybrid cloud solutions give you the best of both worlds: more IT options, less complexity and cost.


It’s built to protect your data

We know some organizations are still wary of the cloud. That’s why Microsoft has made an industry-leading commitment to the protection and privacy of your data. We were the first cloud provider recognized by the European Union’s data protection authorities for our commitment to rigorous EU privacy laws. Microsoft was also the first major cloud provider to adopt the new international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018. We also launched Azure Government, a stand-alone version of Azure designed to meet the rigorous compliance requirements of U.S. public agencies.


It’s ready for any business

From small dev-test projects to global product launches, Azure is engineered to handle any workload. More than 57% of Fortune 500 companies rely on Azure, which offers enterprise grade SLA’s on services, 24x7 tech support, and round-the-clock service health monitoring. Customers include 3M, AccuWeather, Condé Nast, Diebold, GE Healthcare, HarperCollins, Heineken, LG, NBC, Pier 1 Imports, Real Madrid, Saab, Samsung, Trek, Xerox…and many, many more.


Contact Enabling Technologies today about helping you either run your enterprise applications on Azure or store, backup and recover your data in the cloud, and much much more.






While there are many considerations for implementing a cloud-based DR solution, the best practices for designing a DRaaS include:

  • Analyze cost and ROI, comparing public clouds like Azure to secondary data centers 
  • Determine RPO/RTO and performance requirements, then assess applicability of replicating to Azure vs replicating to other DR locations 
  • Assess your organization’s DR tenant location, to ensure it’s located in a different region than your core data center to protect against regional disasters
  • Ensure security (policy, identity/access, VM and network security, monitoring/alerting)
  • Model dependencies and sequencing, to configure in which order the applications and supporting services should be failed over (i.e. SQL may need to be failed over and activated before an application server). 
  • Plan for capacity and bandwidth, not only for initial replication, but also for delta replication and peaks
  • Test frequently. You can use Azure Site Recovery’s to create a copy of your environment, on an isolated network mirrored test environment where you do DR drills as often as you want, without impacting production. The replication continues in production while you're testing your DR in its sandbox.
  • Ensure complete replications.