Businesses can’t ask where they want to be in 5 years without considering where they want their tech to be as well.

The way I handle our IT solutions has a direct impact on how I manage business, growth, and disaster.

How do I build solutions now that will work later? By developing solutions that can evolve!

The need to build forward-thinking solutions with existing hardware is why understanding Azure is key to your next step.

The last post, I talked about Why Azurediscussing why Azure is my cloud solution of choice and the merits of its security, support, and cost. This post, I’m getting a little more technical and talking about IaaS and PaaS, the two essential services Azure offers users.

Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. Users can buy service for storage, hosting, or running application on-demand from its global network of data centers houses servers, storage, and software. It supports the largest number of operating systems, devices, databases languages, and tools. Azure’s primary options are IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service)

IaaS: What you get Why it matters How to use it
No on-premises server that you have to manage and maintain:

Access to Microsoft data centers, servers, storage, and software.

Run your applications, operating system, and manage your data

Increased Security

Business as usual if on-premises servers fail

Hybrid IT options (on-premises and off)

Cost + flexibility

Scalability for growth and use

Increase your blob storage and power

Create hybrid solution for on-premises and off

Integrate Azure with your IT and use as much or as little cloud as you need.

Add security through secure private connections, data residency, and encryption features

Disaster recovery: have data on site and in the cloud

PaaS: What you get Why it matters How to use it
Off-premises platform for building, testing, deploying, and managing cloud based applications

Development tools, business analytics features, and workflow, security, or scheduling features

Ability to provide the CPU, memory, and storage for

IaaS benefits +

Cut development time for applications

Add development capabilities

Application lifecycle management

Improve remote development

Manage you service/product while PaaS handles your network and infrastructure.

Improve development, testing, and deployment speed

Streamline development, deployment, and management through one platform instead of buying software licenses for each application

Improve access and stability by scaling usage as needed



Depending on your business, one of the above may be more appealing than the other. Learning about both should help you see how your current solutions can benefit from Azure’s features.

Even for those of us with infrastructure in place, there are excellent options to leverage our on-site assets, benefit from off-site infrastructure and still be thinking five years ahead.

Learn more about Azure as you think ahead!

You can also contact me with questions or to discuss an azure-readiness assessment!