The goal of this blog is to see what Azure Cloud Services are? Understanding the benefits of developing .Net applications in the Azure environment. What we are more concerned about in this blog is the computing services support in the Azure environment where the service enables you to create and deploy scalable .NET applications in the Cloud. And how the provisioning, load balancing, and health monitoring of the application hosted by Azure are handled by Azure.
Before we understand the benefits of Microsoft Azure, let’s see why we need cloud computing and what is cloud computing? Let’s begin with an example where there is a small company with infrastructure, developers, workstations, and servers. The company needed some investment to set it all up. They develop an application with the hope that they will get the ROI once the application goes live.
If the application does not perform as hoped, the odds are that the initial cost of investment will not be covered. On the contrary, if the application does perform well and there are numerous users, then the company needs to ramp up the storage space to accommodate all the users' information. This is where cloud computing comes into the picture.
First and foremost, cloud computing is an ideal scenario when the investment seems to be risky. Cloud offers a perfect opportunity to seek its services on a need basis and pay for it based on consumption. Next, storage space in abundance might not be possible with limited infrastructure.
Now that we have understood why we need cloud computing, it is time to dig deeper to know what exactly cloud computing is. Cloud computing is essentially making use of the various resources available on one platform over the internet. It could be storage and backup, virtual machines, software, and much more.
The cloud service providers have huge data centers comprised of servers, storage for which the users pay for the services they use. The various examples of services the users can seek are creating and testing applications, DevOps services like automating software delivery, etc.
Azure is a Microsoft product, a platform that can be used by companies to store data, transform data. Azure is one of the largest cloud services available offering over 200 products in 18 different categories that are provided on a pay-per-use model, however, Microsoft Azure is free to start.
Azure has over 50 data centers across the world offering support in various categories including machine learning, DevOps, IoT, networking, computing, AI, management tools, and more.
Data shows that over 80% of Fortune 500 companies depend on Azure services for various functionalities be it, computing, networking, testing, DevOps, etc. Azure supports various programming languages and frameworks like Java, PHP, C#, Node.js, etc.
Among many other services offered by Azure cloud, application development on Azure is one of its key takeaways. You can incorporate Azure into your application development scenarios based on your needs.
Azure offers the cloud platform to build modern, scalable .NET apps using more than 100 Azure services that support .NET natively.
Azure is capable of hosting the entire .NET application stack from the web application and APIs to databases and storage. When Azure handles your applications, you can depend on the scalability and security Azure offers. The Microsoft cloud can extend its capabilities to the hosted applications by adding vision, speech, and language understanding capabilities without affecting the current application architecture or deployment model.
Azure offers an exclusive SDK for .NET applications. The Azure SDK for .NET applications enables the following services:
Developing the .NET applications in the cloud is like thinking of it as a Microsoft .NET framework in the cloud. The .NET Services offered by Azure cloud is more like a .NET framework providing some building blocks that facilitate writing the cloud-based applications.
The Azure cloud provides the following benefits for .NET app development.
Why should you enable ‘Azure migrate’? A lot of reasons contribute to why the .NET apps to Azure make sense. Mentioned below are the top reasons that strongly support the .NET app migration to the Azure cloud environment.