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What are Azure Cloud Services? Benefits of Building and Migrating .NET Applications to Microsoft Azure.

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.

Introduction to Microsoft 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.

What are Azure Cloud Services?

What is cloud computing?

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.

What is Microsoft Azure?

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.

What is cloud computing?

Building .NET Applications on Azure

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.

Hosting .NET applications on Azure

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:

  • Uploading and downloading files to Blob storage

  • Provisions access to all Azure services

  • Processing notifications to the users from Azure Event Hub

  • Provides access to all Azure cognitive services like speech, vision, and language understanding features.

Why .NET on Azure?

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.

  • Azure offers integrated Visual Studio tools and project templates and powerful debugging tools to be more productive.

  • It enables one-click deployment in Visual Studio and uses Azure DevOps for incorporating a CI/CD pipeline for your .NET app.

  • Azure improves productivity as you can develop, debug, monitor cloud applications locally first, and then transition to the deployment phase using powerful integration tools.

  • The Azure SDK for .NET apps brings HTTP retries, logging, and authentication protocols to the table.

  • Build, deploy, and scale your .NET applications with Azure app service without worrying about the infrastructure needs.

  • Azure services enable serverless computing where you can run code without worrying about the infrastructure.

  • Azure offers complete event-driven .NET computing using Azure Functions.

  • Access relational and non-relational databases with .NET with the help of managed database services from Azure.

Migration of .NET web apps to Azure

Migration of .NET web apps to Azure with ease

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.

  • Azure migration reduces the operating costs while improving the responsiveness of the mobile apps to the user's needs.

  • The Azure app service and the Azure SQL Database maximize the security, scalability, and infrastructure management of the apps.

  • The free cloud migration resources and tools like Azure Migrate extend support especially to .NET apps with SQL databases.

  • Allows for easy remote and on-site debugging for quick diagnosis and resolution of bugs and errors.

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