Customers are happy to find that Microsoft Windows is more reliable than ever, thanks to new service delivery capabilities of the Windows Azure cloud platform. Here’s a closer look at how Microsoft’s cloud server, backed by Microsoft Windows Azure, manages the hardware, software and security for the company’s on-premises servers.
In most business cases, a host server needs to be connected to a Windows Azure virtual server and maintained in sync with the physical source. In such cases, no cost is spared, as Microsoft spends large sums of money to provide Windows Azure with thousands of physical machines. These consist of physical servers, hardware and software designed by Microsoft itself to run Microsoft Windows.
Managed IT support helps companies maintain the settings and preferences of the host operating system while it connects to the virtual machine. Since Windows Azure consists of machines of different sizes and form factors, various software packages and applications may be installed on the host machines, under the supervision of the IT support personnel. As a result, the customers can use their own applications and avoid upgrading the services provided by Microsoft when a problem occurs with the application.
The managed IT support service provider (MIS) maintains the applications and data centers of the company. They have been trained and certified by Microsoft in accordance with their state-of-the-art configuration management model, which includes virtualization technologies and Cloud computing. The MIS team also looks after hardware inventory and hardware maintenance. They even run the backup for the entire company, or at any point in time if required.
On the other hand, Microsoft Windows Azure provides clients with access to the MSS and on-demand applications that they previously could only have accessed through installing the Microsoft software itself. In order to connect to the data center of the on-premises hosting server, the client would have to open a specific account with the Microsoft service provider. This account would be used for accessing data from the server, making sure that the backup information and the configurations of the remote server are updated regularly.
This service can be availed through the IIS service account. The IIS service account would be created with the help of the on-premises hosting server, and the client would have to enter the data and settings needed to connect to the IIS service. For instance, the domain name would be specified and the correct username and password would have to be entered.
The MSS manages the installation and deployment of Microsoft Windows server. There are a number of Cloud servers available for the customer to choose from, depending on the requirements of the company. There are Linux Cloud servers, and Windows-based Cloud servers, and the choice is left to the decision of the customer.
Cloud servers are responsible for providing all the IT support services for the client. The IIS and the MSS manage the hardware provisioning, hardware changes, updating and managing Microsoft Windows updates. They also provide a team of IT professionals to perform a variety of tasks related to the deployment and configuration of the servers.