Microsoft has been diligent over the years in providing a great variety of tools as part of its cloud computing platform, Azure. Enhancing everything from business, and finance, to DevOps automation and cloud management. We take the time to dive into some of these useful Azure tools and how they can help improve your workflow and business operations.
Building and setting up a cloud environment, powered by public cloud infrastructure and scalability, can take some time. With the right tooling, you can improve any process you need to make your business more agile, resilient, and cloud-ready. Before utilizing any of the following tools, you might need to go over the best steps and practices for cloud adoption.
Another important point to ensure cloud enablement is to establish automation. As a process, automation is divided into configuration management and orchestration. The process is vital for many aspects of your cloud-based business. For instance, if you have set up 30 or 40 virtual machines in an Azure environment, having cloud automation tools and cloud management tools helps to ensure each one of these systems is updated and patched to the latest version. When your automation tool notices one of the VMs is not patched, it simply applies the updates automatically.
Utilizing Azure Automation enables you to merge orchestration and configuration management operations. Admins rely on this tool to create runbooks to carry out management tasks efficiently. The tool also gives you a chance to easily provision the necessary infrastructure and create webhooks (Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates are integrated to allow this feature). Scaling up a database, for instance, can be run by a technician who does not have access to the environment. Learn more about Azure Automation.
These handy tools will allow you to incorporate automation for your CI/CD pipeline. With CI/CD you are automating code development and deployment while keeping an eye on every single detail. If an environment is more complex, you can make any necessary adjustments fast.
Having a Virtual Machine (VM) via Microsoft Azure is a powerful cornerstone for a lot of businesses out there. In basic terms, it means you are making the most out of contemporary cloud computing. How? Easy. You are utilizing your own machine or system without having to spend on purchasing or maintaining physical equipment. Whatever your business needs to host applications or websites, or development, with Azure VMs.
In terms of modern-day cybersecurity, Azure Active Directory (AD) contains all you need to secure account activity via identity management. Providing a mix of sign-in and multi-factor authentication, in addition to other security features, it is the best way of ensuring solid protection for your business environment. If you need further guidance on Azure Active Directory, Hentsu engineers have discussed tips and valuable info on Device Protection, Conditional Access, Compliance, and more.
Relying on business intelligence tools like Power BI from Microsoft unlocks a wide range of benefits. One of the biggest advantages, of course, is the ability to accumulate and process data efficiently. After that, you can further organize your data, analyze, make dashboards, reports, and various visualizations. This tool is focused on improving specific aspects of your business operations: keeping an eye on market trends, precisely monitoring KPIs, and more.
In addition to everything mentioned above, other helpful Azure tools are available, such as MS Azure Storage (allocating necessary storage for your business), Azure Backup (back up data safely), Azure Site Recovery (cost-effectively ensuring business continuity and data protection via site recovery) and more.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_video src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ilYZpyPLlg&feature=youtu.be" _builder_version="4.1"][/et_pb_video][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.1" hover_enabled="0"]
Cloud adoption is a complex process. In that regard, cloud migration paves the way for hedge funds and financial services. Cloud computing services, cloud architecture and cloud design are the main components that are needed to achieve this.
For many years Hentsu has been accumulating the necessary knowledge for streamlined cloud deployment and cloud implementation.
Devising your own cloud strategy roadmap may seem like a difficult task indeed. Although with the right guidance, you can simplify your journey.
To achieve cloud readiness, there is a range of processes and preparation steps needed. For instance, your staff and operations need to adapt to the new environment, as you set up more powerful infrastructure. Detailed analysis of each aspect of your business is also required.
Here are some of the steps you can achieve easily through professional cloud computing services:
Of course, the results are the most important aspect of this effort. The best results are usually achieved with methodical cloud assessment and precise cloud implementation. To maintain success and solid ROI, it is advisable to set up automation processes, particularly in pipeline management (CI/CD).
So, what are the chief advantages of cloud implementation and cloud enablement? Have a quick look below:
There is more to it, of course.
In the following case study, we explore how Hentsu employs Azure, Microsoft 365, and Mimecast as a solution to host all on-premises infrastructure in public cloud and eventually adopt a serverless approach to productivity. This azure case study delves into specific client challenges that were resolves step by step.
An established US-based hedge fund firm contacted Hentsu to help them migrate to the public cloud. They had most of their infrastructure either on-premises in their office or in a datacenter.
The customer approached us to seek guidance on how they can migrate to public cloud and make the most use of its native features.
Our customer wanted to embrace the new technologies and ease of management that is being offered by public cloud.
After careful examination of the existing infrastructure and a discussion session we had decided to leverage a few platforms to accommodate all requirements. Each platform used was carefully evaluated by us to ensure prior to recommendation to ensure it will be the best offering for our customers. Below are the platforms we used for their transition.
The migration was divided up into two phases with each phase involving multiple steps to complete.
The project allowed us to leverage the offerings of Azure, Microsoft 365, and Mimecast to provide an effective solution for our customer. The initial migration to Azure helped them shave off the high costs of renting space in a datacenter, upgrading hardware and software licenses. It also provided them a cheaper, yet equally effective option for backups and disaster recovery.
Few months after phase 1 was implemented, work on phase 2 began. Once it was completed and all the servers were replaced with a SaaS alternative. This helped them save even more on infrastructure costs. All users were provided training on how to use the OneDrive and SharePoint.
After the project was completed, they were given an environment that utilizes the power of public cloud, while meeting the needs of the organization.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]