The cloud has become the most efficient way for enterprises and other organizations to store, access, and protect data effectively and safely. With the right cloud service, collaboration among data users within an organization is simplified and, when necessary, compliance and security are met. In this article, we’ll discuss how to roll out public Azure properly and successfully for optimal cloud usage.
What Is Public Azure?
There are three different types of cloud options for an enterprise’s data storage: public, private, and hybrid, with public being the most common option. Let’s take an in-depth look at a few reasons why public is so common.
It’s Low Cost
The public cloud is a cost-saving option because it requires no purchase of software or hardware for the company using it. You only pay for the service used and pay as you go rather than upfront. Also, many public services require no contracts or term limits, meaning if you want to switch to private or hybrid or cancel your service for any reason, you can do so without penalty.
No Maintenance Responsibilities
If any issues should arise, maintenance and repair are also not the public cloud user’s responsibility. The public service, such as Azure public cloud, takes care of regular maintenance, automates updates, and immediately repairs any problems.
Scalability with the public cloud is near unlimited. Resources are unlimited, available, and on demand. You don’t have to search for them.
There are plenty of servers within the public cloud to make it one of the most reliable options. Unlike a private cloud with one server, in a public cloud, if one server has a problem, there are other servers that can back up and take over.
Quick Recovery From Disaster
The public cloud is not likely to lose data, thanks to many infrastructures that serve as backup. Implementing a disaster recovery plan is expensive and not needed with the public cloud. These plans are also not easy to deploy. Public services like Azure don’t require the added cost of additional infrastructures in place for disaster recovery.
Getting Rid of What’s Not Necessary
With the public cloud, a client can delete processes not needed and add what is beneficial to them, making the public cloud reliable and flexible. This saves time and cost for a company, as they only use necessary resources and delete the others.
There are plenty of benefits to the public cloud. Still, there are also a few negatives which may affect some organizations, making the public cloud the wrong fit for them.
Not as Secure
The public cloud has come a long way and Microsoft Azure implements the highest possible security with their public cloud service. Still, public isn’t private, and for some clients, cybersecurity is top priority. Intrusion into the network is highly unlikely; however, if an infrastructure is misused within another company, security can become breached and a cyberattack is possible since the public cloud is shared. This rarely occurs when using a reliable service, but for some it can definitely be a concern.
An Ongoing Expense
Pay as you go works well and saves money. Still, after some time, pay as you go adds up, and if not well managed, can be a negative aspect of the public cloud.
Little Support If No Service Is Used
Using a free cloud network without a supportive service, such as Microsoft Azure, leaves an enterprise with the addition of discovering solutions on their own.
There are applications that require a physical server, meaning they won’t run on virtualization, making the public cloud difficult or impossible. Also, if an organization requires multiple resource-intensive applications, a dedicated server is necessary, making a private cloud service a better choice than public, in those cases.
Because of the multi-server atmosphere within the public cloud, it’s tough to customize according to an enterprise’s various needs. This isn’t essentially a problem unless a company has a multifaceted application process or a complicated network. In that case, customization is a must.
When It’s Time To Deploy Public Azure
Now that we understand what a public cloud service is, along with its pros and cons, let’s discuss how to roll out public Azure properly and successfully.
The goal of a proper rollout is to discover and avoid any problems introduced by the change. Those changes could be, but aren’t limited to, new releases such as code changes or configuration changes. Azure does all they can to prevent and minimize any problems related to change. Here’s how we do it:
- Ensure the quality bar is met during changes before deployment begins.
- We test and validate integration before deployment begins.
- We gradually roll out the change, making it easier to continuously check health signals.
- Detect and isolate negative impacts that weren’t caught during the testing phase.
- Only production-ready codes allowed in the environment.
Microsoft Azure’s goal is to roll out public Azure carefully to ensure all problems are detected and repaired before making it to broad production.
The final stages of rollout consist of the following:
- Only production-ready codes allowed in the environment.
- Each stage is compared, making sure they are stable and reliable when compared with the general production environment.
- Each environment must utilize healthy platform signals to ensure suitable velocity rollout.
Knowing When To Roll Out Public Azure
Rollout processes are automated, and policy and processes are the determining factors in knowing when a software can safely roll out. Software must “sit” between each stage to make sure it’s exposed to the complete spectrum of loads on that service. Due to the many different organizations within a public cloud network, each environment is different, and they change throughout a time period. Gamers, resource creations, or virtual machines all create a different environment.
In conclusion, Microsoft Azure is continually changing and improving the public cloud service. Although the pace is fast, we strive to constantly ensure smooth transitions and successful rollouts. At Atmosera, our goal is cloud success for every organization using our services. We offer Azure solutions to fit every cloud need, including public, private, and hybrid. Contact Atmosera for more information about cloud services, management, and rollout.