As one of the Southeast's few Microsoft Azure Circle Partners, Jacksonville's feature and Chief Engineer, Paul Irwin, put together a small presentation to go over the benefits of moving to the Cloud-Native Azure Platform:
Create highly-available, infinitely-scalable applications and APIs
Develop, package, and deploy powerful applications and services to the cloud with Azure Cloud Services and the click of a button. Scale from 1 to 1000 in minutes. Once your application is deployed, that’s it: from provisioning, to load-balancing, to health monitoring, Azure handles the rest. Your application is backed by an industry-leading 99.95% monthly SLA.
Integrated development experience with Visual Studio + the Azure SDK
Get your hands on a world-class development experience using the Azure SDK, integrated seamlessly with Visual Studio. Deploy applications using any language you like, including .NET, Java, Node.js, PHP, Python, or Ruby. Test your application before deploying it to the cloud by using Azure Emulator, which brings the platform’s key functionality right to your development computer.
Focus on building great applications, not babysitting hardware
Never worry about patching, faulty hardware, or network issues again. Cloud Services is designed to deploy your application and keep it continuously available during crashes and failures, redirecting traffic from troubled instances to ones running smoothly. Automatic operating system updates mean your application is always secure, without maintenance windows or downtime.
Test your apps before deploying them
Cloud Services provides a staging environment for testing a new release without impacting the existing one, reducing the chances of unwelcome customer downtime. When you’re ready to deploy the new release to production, just swap the staging environment into production.
Convenient health monitoring and alerts
Azure helps you keep tabs on the health and availability of your applications. The health metrics dashboard shows key statistics at-a-glance. Set up real-time alerts to warn you when service availability—or some other metric of interest—degrades.
Autoscale to optimize cost and performance
Your application suddenly trending on Twitter? Azure and its free Autoscale feature can help you stay cool during unexpected traffic spikes by automatically scaling up or down to meet demand, while simultaneously minimizing costs. Autoscale lets you set scaling limits and scheduling goals to ensure that customers are always getting optimal performance.