Azure IAAS cloud infrastructure that can grow with your business.
Computing infrastructure platform that enables your organisation to take advantage of the Azure platform and build and host services and virtual server resources.
With Azure IaaS, you can reduce IT expenditure, remove the need for physical on-premise servers, support business demand and scale capacity for future growth.
What is Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as A Service?
Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) delivers on-demand, scalable and flexible computing infrastructure as and when your business need it. You only pay for the capacity you use. An Azure infrastructure offers full flexibility and scalability for businesses of any size and sector. It is one of the three types of cloud service, along with Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).
With Azure IaaS, Microsoft manages the underlying physical infrastructure, while you manage your servers and software. This means that you no longer have to build, patch and manage your own on-premise hardware, liberating time for developers and IT staff to focus on other issues.
Features of Microsoft Azure IAAS
Azure Storage – expand your data storage capabilities.
Azure offers a range of versatile and highly scalable storage options for structured and unstructured data. BCN Group will match your application needs to the right storage solution and deliver you a flexible, scalable solution.
Azure Backup and Disaster Recovery – protecting your critical data and applications.
Azure provides an end-to-end backup and DR solution that’s simple, secure, cost-effective and integrates with on-premise data protection solutions. Azure backup and DR is cloud-native, highly available and resilient. Azure Site Recovery can also be used to replicate cloud and hybrid servers into Azure regions.
App and web hosting – flexible capacity for individual sites and apps under a single subscription.
Azure web hosting is a powerful tool that allows a company to group and scale capacity of multiple websites and applications independently within a single subscription. You can build the sites you want without having the expense of upgrading some sites beyond what you need. There are different pricing tiers (including a free tier) allowing you to select the most appropriate performance needs for each site, such as storage quotas and scale out limits.
Azure Active Directory – simplifies life for administrators while enhancing security.
Azure Active Directory (AD) is a universal identity platform for managing and securing identities. Administrators benefit from centralised user and rights management, as well as centralised control over computer and user configurations. This includes single sign-on and multi-factor authentication for safeguarding against cybersecurity threats.
Virtual Machines – move your desktops’ operating systems to the cloud.
Access your desktop from any location, just as you would from the office, with Azure Virtual Machines. This service allows you to set up Linux and Windows virtual machines in a matter of seconds.
Analytics and business intelligence – turn your data into actionable insights.
Azure Analysis Services helps you to transform complex data into actionable insights. It is built on the proven analytics engine in Microsoft Azure SQL Server Analysis Services.
Azure Migration – a unified approach to migration.
Azure IaaS includes a range of cloud migration services and tools to discover, assess and migrate workloads to the cloud.
IAAS vs PAAS vs SaaS – what’s the difference?
- Azure IaaS – Microsoft manages the digital infrastructure (servers, data centres and networks), your business manages your own operating systems, applications and software.
- Azure PaaS – Both servers/network and operating systems are managed by Microsoft, your business manages, develops and deploys your own applications and software.
- Azure SaaS – With the SaaS model, Microsoft handles every aspect of the digital environment, allowing organisations to host on, build on and manage software applications, all within Azure Public Cloud. Dynamics 365 and Microsoft 365 are great examples of popular SaaS offerings.
Benefits of using Azure IAAS
Reduce ongoing IT cost
IaaS removes the upfront expense of setting up and managing an on-site data centre, making it an economical option for start-ups and businesses testing new ideas.
Business continuity and disaster recovery
Effective business continuity and disaster recovery can be expensive, requiring a significant amount of technology and staff. But IaaS can reduce this cost, meaning you can access applications and data as usual during a disaster or outage.
As soon as you’ve decided to launch a new product or initiative, the necessary computing infrastructure can be ready in minutes or hours, rather than the days, weeks and sometimes months it could take to set up internally.
IaaS enables you to quickly scale up resources to accommodate spikes in demand for your applications – for example at month-end – and scale resources back down when activity decreases. So, you only pay for additional capacity as and when you need it.
IaaS can offer increased security measures for your applications and data, which may be better than what you can attain in-house.
Focus on your core business
IaaS frees up your team to focus on your organisation’s core business rather than on IT infrastructure.
Our Azure clients
Digital transformation following acquisition trial for national drainage franchise
Migration of 4,500 users to Microsoft Azure Private Cloud Exchange Environment for Staffordshire Police
BCN Group advised an Azure cloud-based platform to make it easier for remote access for Fairway International Travel
Why choose BCN for Azure
Azure – Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
As a Microsoft Certified Professional, we have expertise in cloud platforms and data centres. With a mature and highly experienced Azure development team, we are committed to delivering industry-leading infrastructure solutions.
We share Microsoft’s cloud-first vision. For over a decade we have designed, built, integrated and managed hundreds of cloud migrations across both public and private sectors.
Find out how BCN Group can support your business
Speak to our dedicated Azure team today to see how we can help manage your business’ cloud platform needs.