Application Hosting

What is good about application hosting on azure?

Cloud Application Hosting on Azure

Application hosting on Azure, an Infrastructure as a Service, is a game-changer.

A familiar Microsoft IT infrastructure concept on modern technology and quick to build an environment, deploy, administer, and monitor virtually.

Although there is a lot to discuss in Azure, we cover three core aspects in this article to help your decision moving to the cloud.

Highly available

Azure is a reliable cloud infrastructure as service (IaaS) that can meet the requirements of small-medium businesses to enterprises.

The global infrastructure presence and state of the art datacenters in multiple zones and regions with Internet bandwidth up to 1.6Pbs make Azure core services to be highly available.

Besides, configuring the system to failover to an alternate data center will be helpful in case of an outage.  And configuring availability sets (a group of active servers) helps in load balancing and keep your environment running managing traffic on live servers.

A recent update from Microsoft states that Azure uptime was 99.995% in the last twelve months across the global infrastructure.

Pricing & cost management

Azure is consumption-based pricing, and you only pay for usage.

Azure lets you monitor costs, notifies alerts to stakeholders of spending against the budget, and cost thresholds.

To be on top of your IT budget with Azure, you can plan based on your requirements.

Preparing an estimate for your requirement using the Azure price calculator gives you a clear understanding of what it takes to host your applications on Azure.

Comprehensive Security

In Azure, security measures are compliant with global standards and local regulations, and keeps data private, protected, and are fundamentally reliable.

At a physical level, data in facilities meet industry-leading physical security systems.

Azure is compliant with FFIEC, HIPPA/HITRUST, PCI DSS, and FEDRAMP.

Besides, Azure security maintains separate measures for storage, network, and data.

Security is a vast subject, and we can divide it into infrastructure level and user level to keep it simple.

If considering cloud hosting on Azure, it provides greater security.  On the other hand, user security starts with organization management. 

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Application hosting on Azure is beneficial due to its highly available data center in zones and multiple regions.  Downtime is a rare occurrence. Next, the usage-based pricing allows businesses to estimate, budget, and track the actual costs against the threshold.

The third is security.  Azure is compliant with the major industry standards and regional regulations essential for an organization to put their data on the cloud.

Where do you start? Find a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider who has hands-on experience building the IT environment and deploying applications on Azure.

AEC Cloud is a Microsoft CSP and been assisting our clients on application hosting.  Schedule a FREE consultation call now or contact us to learn more.

How to know if you need software hosted?

A consistent solution, zero server performance issues, and anywhere access to your software, all at a cost based on the usage. If this is not you receive from your existing solution, it's the first sign.

Avoid managing IT and focus on your core business function.  Enable your staff to work from anywhere and stay productive with a hosted software model.

With one or two servers in your office, frequent network issues, unable to administer applications, backup and you are starting to feel the burden of overseeing IT management. Take a break, evaluate your options.

When talking about hosted software, there are two delivery methods.  One is Software as a service (SaaS) which is subscription basis managed by the vendor, and second is a hosted environment, either public or private. But choosing between SaaS vs Hosted depends on your preference. 

Moreover, poor security standards, lack of a disaster recovery plan, and resource cost to manage IT are few additional facts to decide if hosted software solution is a fit or not. 

Consider all departments, job functions and the software applications they use and the total cost for IT to deliver. If cloud hosting could provide value than your on-premise solution, it's the second sign. 

Wes smith, CEO of AEC Cloud has written a series of articles on "cloud transition cost management" and it can be helpful.

AEC Cloud deploys mission-critical applications on Microsoft Azure stack, provisions users through a web portal making access easier and convenient to work.

The J Companies, AEC Cloud's longtime client utilizes hosted solution for their business, and we have been supporting access, software upgrades including infrastructure maintenance.

Simplify your IT by taking advantage of the hosted software model, reduce costs and empower users with anywhere access to applications.  If you are unsure about whether you need software hosted, but crying out with issues, sign up for a proof of concept now.  Experience first, decide later.

Sage Estimating Application Hosting By AEC Cloud

With cloud-hosted servers becoming more sensible for businesses, AEC Cloud provides Sage application hosting including Sage Estimating, Sage 100 and other construction software hosting for its customers on the Microsoft Azure stack.

AEC Cloud is one of the early adopters to work with Sage suite of applications in server-based environments. Sage Timberline Office (now Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate) was the first Sage product we started hosting for our client Dyna Service of Oklahoma, LLC . Our customers and partners began asking us to host sage applications to improve collaboration and offload local workstation and server management issues.

AEC Cloud Hosting Model

Focused on the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, AEC Cloud hosts a wide range of business applications based on the NIST Cloud definition. This framework includes the Software, Platform, Infrastructure, and Resources (SPIR) required to manage cloud services.

The infrastructure (IaaS) including servers and networking is the fundamental bottom layer required to stand up any solution. With the help of our expertise, architecture, engineering & construction companies can work with us to build and manage a hybrid, private or public cloud environment.

The Resource (RaaS), is the human resource to manage the top three layers, software, platform, and infrastructure. These resources are focused on user support, systems maintenance, upgrades, and account management.

Microsoft Azure Technology

Azure is a game changer in the IaaS space. With high compute virtual machines, backup and disaster recovery options, we can deploy sage estimating and other applications in lesser time and configure.

Cloud Hosting Provider

AEC Cloud, a Microsoft partner, is a preferred cloud hosting provider for the AEC industry managing and hosting a range of construction software including sage estimating, sage accounting, primavera p6, on screen takeoff, viewpoint, prolog, and other designed based applications on Azure for its clients.

If you are considering to move your application management to a cloud hosted solution, we can guide you. Contact now!