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TECH TIMES - Microsoft Jamaica presents breakfast seminar on Azure

Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
George Gobin (left), territory manager, Microsoft Corporation, and Jason Milgram, president and founder of allAware Inc, at the Microsoft Azure breakfast seminar. - Contributed

Cloud Computing has become a worldwide technological phenomenon. It acts as a centralised data-storage or network-sharing resource for individuals and large organisations.

Home computer users are accustomed to sharing information from personal computers through email or secondary applications such as DropBox and MediaFire, which have also become popular in organisations of various levels of growth. This is where Microsoft Azure comes into the picture. Companies that have their headquarters located a far distance from secondary organisations and partners can create a network to allow storage and online access to various computer services and resources.

Jason Milgram, president and founder of allAware Inc, was the guest speaker at Microsoft Jamaica's breakfast seminar on Wednesday, December 9. Milgram's presentation on Microsoft Azure reassured guests of the integral role Azure can play in their company's growth. For example, telecommunications enterprises can maintain the public, community-based or private entities within the cloud as Microsoft Azure supports specific client software and is always up and running.

Large organisations such as Dell, Mazda, Xerox and more than 57 per cent of Fortune 500 companies have either partnered with or are clients of Azure. One client can create multiple accounts, gain access and manage accessibility throughout the virtual network as it relates to refreshing and backing up the information shared, as well as choose where primary data is stored with over 19 Azure data centres in the US and Europe, and 26 edge-storage facilities worldwide.

Microsoft Azure is both infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). It supports any operating system and computer language, thus giving users the option to build, share and launch developed applications through the cloud-networking services. It acts as a server, website, web-hosting, virtual machines, firewalls, virtual local area networks, IP addresses, etc; not just a service but executing operations required to manage an enterprise. Thus, an enterprise can automatically scale up or down with Microsoft Azure to match the demand rather than allocating resources manually, as well as to have the enterprises functionality depend solely on human resources.