Why We Use Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure is the premier cloud computing platform.
This means that it provides:
- Easy website hosting
- Pay-as-you-go file storage
- And virtual machines galore!
No muss, and no fuss, this cloud computing platform even simplifies licensing by allowing you a pay-as-you-go structure instead of massive one-time payments or unruly subscriptions.
So why do we at InboundHiro choose to use Microsoft Azure?
- Security in multiple stages
- The robust uses of the platform
- Its bleeding edge speed
- And the promise of Microsoft
The Azure platform is incredibly secure. Microsoft Azure runs in data centers managed and operated by Microsoft Global Foundation Services (GFS). These data centers comply with key industry standards, like ISO/IEC 27001:2005, for security and reliability. They are managed, monitored, and administered by Microsoft operations staff that have years of experience in delivering the world’s largest online services with 24 x 7 continuity. They take their security so serious that, for example, they don’t re-use hardware, they literally throw old hard drives into a wood-chipper type shredder.
The whole platform has an abundance of uses from security, to storage, to app development, to machine learning, and more. In addition to all of these usage possibilities, Microsoft continually innovates the platform adding features and tools as they discover better ideas and optimal uses.
Microsoft Azure is also a quick platform. Faster than Go Daddy and other Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Azure leaves smaller competitors in the dust with its speed of accessibility. While it’s not as fast as Google in the US, it has more regions of coverage spanning the globe and overall a more consistent international experience.
Additionally, here are some speed test results from our own hosting environments:
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Finally, we like the promise of Microsoft. The Microsoft promise isn’t a spoken one, it’s really more philosophical in nature. What we’re trying to get at is that Microsoft isn’t going away. The huge market share and consideration that the majority of businesses use Windows products illustrates partnering with a company like Microsoft is a step of forward momentum.
Microsoft’s cloud service Azure is currently 6 times larger than Google’s cloud services and roughly 3 times larger than Amazon Web Services (AWS). This size clearly demonstrates how much Microsoft has put forward to make things work for end-user customers and provide the ultimate value, commitment, and excellence needed for InboundHiro and ultimately your marketing, to just plain work.