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Not all cloud solutions are equal. Despite all of them putting the SME sector on the frontline of technology adoption, there are significant differences. And since Microsoft’s Azure is being trusted by more than half of Fortune 500 companies, there’s something more about this cloud service crusading the managed services sector. Given USD 1.3 Trillion at stake towards cloud adoption by 2022, Azure continues to hack all the attention and the reasons are valid.

Azure has been assisting a swaddle of organizations in aligning their enterprise processes in the cloud without causing any hindrance to the current business functions. In fact, Azure has taken the anytime anywhere access to newer levels with a stupendous rise in the subscription count during the COVID-19 worldwide lockdown.

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So be it the Hybrid framework, hassle free migration or scalable designs made for companies of all sizes, Azure’s dominance in the managed services is confirmed.

How can your business entity benefit from Azure Managed Service?

One of the greatest challenges on the road to cloud adoption is the degree of uncertainty that derails enterprise processes. While most businesses don’t foresee it, they end up producing more complexity. With Azure, however, process transformation from on premise to cloud brings down the risk of uncertainty while creating a balance of business benefits with emerging technologies.

Since the cloud service is hosted from pre-configured software packages, performance metrics are easy to track and set appropriate accountability. This comes attached with infrastructure guidelines and a disaster recovery catalogue. Given such a comprehensive approach at performance measurement, managed services from Azure have set a benchmark and made it superior to all those in the league.

And since cloud comes attached with customer expectations for on demand customization, it is easier to tune the system in development for different sectors. Ultimately, it is the utmost data autonomy that enables faster recoveries; making Azure as a trusted cloud partner

Security Design & Operations: Azure secures your customer data faultlessly

Microsoft has its security goals clear – to deliver the optimal degree of protection to all the customers by ensuring data privacy, compliance management ate controlled costs. In fact, the company continues to  invest USD 1 billion annually in Azure’s cyber security while employing over 3500 security professionals.

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Azure, not only empowers your security infrastructure but also aligns your digital transformation efforts across systems and verticals. Inevitably, thousands of global organizations in private and public sector have been trusting upon Azure as their ultimate partner for cloud security and operational management.

To upscale the quality of Azure cloud managed services, Microsoft has diligently implemented a wide Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) process. These procedures help lay down security controls and incident management norms as per exclusive stature of every customer.

Then there’s Operational Security Assurance (OSA) that works towards making Azure business services more resilient to attack by responding to extempore security threats to detect and contain risk areas.

Deploying a mix of defensive, reactive and preventive measures, the Azure cloud offers the below mechanisms –

  • Using multifactor authentication to strengthen access controls over protecting confidential data
  • Customizing control patterns to improvise independent detection of malicious activity
  • Multi-level checks before every session of monitoring, logging and reporting
  • Controlling the number of people requesting access to administrative privileges

Compliance Management: Matching all global standards and certifications  

As one of the crusaders for building trust relationships with the customers, compliance has a role to play in the long shot, and managed services are not untouched. Microsoft allows third-party independent auditors to certify the security standards and assist the customers in complying by constantly evolving regulations that define or impact access, capture, and use of enterprise data.

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However, this never came easy. It took the company years of hard work in building collateral relationships with the compliance community for the longer run. Not to miss, the company has been working towards developing an ocean of resources for professionals those who aim to access updated information on the essential compliance and regulatory considerations.

Henceforth, Azure’s COE (Centre of Excellence) of compliance services touch base upon the important factors so that exclusive data requirements pertaining to nations, enterprises or even individuals could be complied to. These services are designed as per all global standards, major country specific and sector specific regulations.

The following listing of globally recognized compliance services across markets have been included in the portfolio.

CIS Benchmark                              CSA STAR Attestation
CSA STAR Certification                 ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011   
ISO/IEC 27001                                ISO/IEC 27017
ISO/IEC 27018                                ISO 9001
SOC 1, 2, and 3                              WCAG 2.0.

Going Ahead

Security is one of those concerns that doesn’t look like fading anytime soon. In 2019, Norton reported a jump in security breaches by 54%. Since the numbers shall only go up, managed cloud service providers must sustain their focus towards ensuring higher degrees of system security. Therefore the enterprise steering towards Microsoft Azure will only increase.

Intrigued? Stay connected to my blog for insights into the world of Microsoft cloud technology.