The IT Landscape is changing rapidly with a move away from hosting on traditional servers with their high capital costs to one that uses on-demand services that scale automatically to handle load. IT Departments are being challenged to reduce the cost and footprint of infrastructure and maintenance spend with a focus on reducing CAPEX while also increasing agility.
Microsoft Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for hosting websites and web applications. You do not have to manage virtual machines, network load balancers, or deployment infrastructure yourself. All of these capabilities are provided by the Azure Websites service. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you.
Key Features of Azure Websites
Support for Popular Languages and Frameworks
Build using popular languages such as ASP.NET, Java, PHP, Node.js or Python. Run popular web apps and CMS solutions including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and Umbraco.
Minimal Operation Overheads
Run your Web apps in a high-availability environment and remove virtually all infrastructure maintenance with automatic OS and framework patches. Web apps deployed with Azure Websites are isolated and are hosted in VMs dedicated to your applications – ensuring predictable performance and security isolation.
Azure enables you to quickly scale-up or out to handle any incoming customer load. Manually select the number and size of VMs or set up auto-scaling to scale your servers based on load or schedule.
Access on-premises data
Azure enables you to build websites that can consume data from your own data center. With Hybrid Connections and VNET it’s easy to access your data securely from your on-premises data centers – or anywhere else in the world. Azure Active Directory enables you to limit access to only your employees or partners.
Set up continuous integration and deployment workflows with VSO, GitHub, TeamCity, Hudson or BitBucket – enabling you to automatically build, test and deploy your web app on each successful code check-in or integration tests.
Automatically back up your site and database. Your code and data is secure from disaster and easily restored allowing you to run your business with confidence.
Efficient Monitoring and Diagnostics
React to issues in real-time with monitoring and alerts to automatically notify you and your team.
Testing and Staging Environments
Create multiple private testing and staging environments for your web apps. Use them to perform testing before you deploy. Swap to production with no downtime. Web apps are pre-loaded ensuring the best customer experience.
Enterprise Class Hosting
Azure Websites provides a stable, reliable platform which has been proven to be able to handle a wide variety of business needs from small internal development and test workloads, to highly scaled high traffic websites. By using Azure Websites you are making use of the same enterprise class hosting platform which Microsoft as a company uses for high value web workloads. Azure Websites, along with all services on the Azure platform, are built with security and compliance with regulatory requirements.
Azure Websites is a global and scalable platform, enabling your web applications to grow and adapt to the needs of a growing business quickly and with minimal long term planning and cost. In typical on premises infrastructure scenarios, expansion and increase in demand both locally and geographically would require a large amount of management, planning and expenditure to provision and manage additional infrastructure. Azure Websites offers the ability to scale your web applications with the ebb and flow of your requirements.
Azure Websites is built on a Platform-as-a-Service model which reduces the cost of running and maintaining web applications. No longer do you need to spend hours managing VMs and patching Operating Systems and Frameworks, thereby reducing investment in infrastructure personnel. Azure Websites is an automatically patched environment which enables you to focus on managing your web applications and not VMs, leaving teams free to provide additional business value.
Sysfore is a member of Microsoft’s Partner Pilot Program for Enterprise Web, enabling companies in India adopt Azure Websites for hosting web apps and websites. Sysfore works closely with your team to assess your current environment and clearly define the website migration efforts needed.
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