I guess you might have heard about cloud technologies by the time of reading this article. There are many cloud platforms like Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, VM ware cloud, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba cloud, and more. Azure and AWS are at high usage out of these cloud platforms and are great competitors in the market. Now, this article is about What is Azure DevOps and Why Azure DevOps is used for. Let’s understand the public Azure cloud adoption rate from the following report.
What is Azure DevOps?
In simple words, Azure DevOps is a cloud platform, and it is the integration of people in the organization to perform continuous integration and continuous development (CI/CD). The goal of the Azure DevOps cloud platform is to serve customers effectively and to meet the organization’s timelines on time. Azure helps you to host your business or application in the cloud to achieve better performances and fewer expenditures comparatively. Azure provides virtual computer availability to custom your application at any time. It’s impossible to explain Azure DevOps in one line as it fulfills all its customer service requirements as one platform.
Azure is constantly updating cloud services according to customer requirements. It enables you to Build, Deploy and Manage your application or business instance in big networks, with the help of your favorite tools. Also, Azure has 100 different services for you to do everything from hosting your application and running it in a virtual machine.
Microsoft teams are suggesting testing the cloud environment features by hosting your existing application initially. Migrating an existing app to an Azure virtual machine is an easy and less time-consuming process. Microsoft would assist you while migrating applications to the cloud if required.
Why Azure DevOps?
Azure cloud is SAS (Software as a service) where all the responsibility is on Microsoft’s head. It manages all the services on its own application
- Operating system
Azure manages and maintains your application the only thing you need to do is run the applications by choosing appropriate tools.
Key factors of Azure
Here are some key factors that attract customers to choose Azure as the cloud platform. Microsoft Azure DevOps is
- Scalable (Both Horizontal and vertical scaling)
- Up to date
And Microsoft is giving tough competition in the market with its amazing benefits like:
- Current skills
- Compliance certifications
- Pricing benefits
- Service offerings
- Infrastructure benefits
- Azure Resiliency
Let me explain the above pros of using the Azure cloud in detail. Microsoft has a huge ecosystem of people already working with Microsoft tools for years. So, these Microsoft users have built good repo with the tools and technologies, because of which they may feel difficulty in moving to other cloud platforms. Hence, Azure cloud would become the best platform to work with the current skill set.
Hosting a Microsoft-based application on Azure cloud is 4 to 5 times cost-effective comparatively. This is because Microsoft refrains you from procuring other licenses like MS Windows, MS SQL Server, and .net runtime environment Microsoft does have its own cost analysis tools and calculators to pre analyze the hosting prices before hosting your application.
Azure offered service
Azure is having a rich set of Service offerings for its customers. This could be the highlighted reason why you choose Azure. Below are the listed service offerings from Azure.
- Internet of things (IoT)
- Big data
- Artificial intelligence (AI)
Microsoft has built more data centers compared to any other cloud service providers and it organized them across the world. It divided the data centers into four geographical regions: America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and Asia pacific. These geographies are again subcategorized to 56 regions with wider networks.
Azure cloud has got cloud compliance certification from more than 90 organizations for its data security and reliability. This certification assures you about your application data security over any other cloud providers.
In general, the applications can be categorized into three types as
- Normal applications (owned and accessed by a single user)
- Business-critical applications (Owned by any organization for its business)
- Mission Critical applications (used by many users in day to day life e.g. Google)
All the users and owners of all categories opt for high availability of application and disaster management solutions at any time. Azure resiliency indicates that it provides no downtime to any of its customers.
Azure DevOps enables you to add a pool of servers to manage your application load which is termed as load balancing. If you add two or more servers in your subscription for a single application if one server fails to respond the other one will be activated to respond in zero downtime.
You can choose the location or region of your main server and mirroring servers for load balancing and disaster management. One advantage of using Azure is you can rent servers for a required time period and release them after usage. Instead of buying servers for a limited period, this method reduces the cost of your maintenance.
I hope this article helps understand the answer to two basic questions: What is Azure DevOps and Why Azure DevOps? Apart from this, there are many Microsoft learning paths available for beginners to understand Azure DevOps cloud in detail. Also, there are learning documents and videos for users seeking to complete Azure cloud certifications. I have provided the URLs for Microsoft learning paths below. Go through them if you are more excited to learn and comment to know any other features for Azure Cloud.