Microsoft Azure Cloud Best Practices & the REAL World

Axis has migrated numerous solutions to a Microsoft Azure Cloud secure cloud delivering reliable, cost-effective, and effectively infinite computing power. Like all good consultants we ‘ate our own dog food’ and were early adopters of Microsoft’s cloud strategy for our own internal projects and learned the benefits and also the nuances of building to the cloud.

We have the ability to guide your organization through an Azure cloud deployment minimizing risk, cost, time, and complexity because of our experience. The job scheduling and auto-scaling features of Azure Batch, to run processes on a large scale has many improved operations. It also allows our production system to scale up to meet the demands during peak times and scale down as needed to minimize operational costs. By tuning the auto-scale feature, Axis is able to optimize resource usage while still meeting performance goals. Axis also utilizes the Azure App Service Web Jobs to schedule and run maintenance, status, and supporting applications, which improves overall operational efficiency and provides another layer of versatility.

Axis uses the Microsoft Azure Cloud features in Azure Key Vault to encrypt and secure the client’s data, both in transit and at rest, while Azure Active Directory is used for user authentication and entitlement management. For cases where the processes do not fit the model for an Azure Batch process, Axis hosts these processes in the Azure Virtual Machine service, which allows the team to control the specifics of the VM environment that are not available in the Batch service. Azure Identity Management and Azure Access Control help to manage access to limited users. Within the same subscription, the Axis team has been able to utilize multiple environments by controlling user access. Axis also uses Azure Batch for running its large-scale parallel and high-performance computing (HPC) applications in the cloud. This allows for the deployment of processes that handle a high volume of transactions involving data. Axis uses a combination of Azure Storage and Azure SQL to meet its primary storage needs. Azure’s Geo-Replication feature is also leveraged to provide redundancy and geographic data distribution, which ensures increased uptime and low response times.

An Azure cloud deployment removes the need for Axis clients to manage their own server infrastructure, allowing their company to quickly build, deploy, and manage modern applications in either Serverless or Virtual Machines implementation of a Windows Server image in the cloud. The enormous leap in flexibility allowed by Azure App Service lets Axis quickly and easily create enterprise-ready apps on a scalable cloud infrastructure to meet our client’s needs.