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What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services – analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web – for moving faster, achieving more and saving money.

Microsoft Azure is a cloud platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services. Microsoft understands ‘one size does not fit all’ when making the transition to the cloud. Azure introduces a unique level of flexibility, whether using Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), or a hybrid model that integrates with your on-premise solutions.

Why Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a reliable cloud platform which can benefit your business in many different scenarios. Whether you are looking to minimise your overhead costs to cope with high seasonal and variable demands on your I.T. infrastructure or need to build some greater resilience and back-up to your on premise server hardware, to safeguard your important business information.

Azure is also an integral part of Microsoft's 'Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)' to manage and secure your mobile workforce.

FAMILIAR - Any developer or IT professional can be productive with Azure. The integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you already have and technologies you already know.

FLEXIBLE - Supports the broadest selection of operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, tools, databases and devices. Run Linux containers with Docker integration; build apps with JavaScript, Python, .NET, PHP, Java and Node.js; build back-ends for iOS, Android and Windows devices.

HYBRID - Integrates with your existing IT environment through the largest network of secure private connections, hybrid database and storage solutions, and data residency and encryption features – so your assets stay right where you need them. You can even run Azure in your own data centre with Azure Stack. Azure hybrid cloud solutions give you the best of both worlds: more IT options, less complexity and cost.

INSIGHT - Azure’s predictive analytics services, including Machine Learning, Cortana Analytics and Stream Analytics, are redefining business intelligence. Make smarter decisions, improve customer service and uncover new business possibilities from your structured, unstructured and streaming IoT data.

SCALABLE - Azure’s ‘Pay as you go’ services can quickly scale up or down to match demand, so you only pay for what you use. From small dev-test projects to global product launches, Azure is engineered to handle any workload.

SECURE - Microsoft were the first cloud provider recognised by the European Union’s data protection authorities for their commitment to rigorous EU privacy laws and to adopt the new international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018.

Why Grey Matter?
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Grey Matter has successfully offered a Microsoft Azure Helpdesk since 2011 and since then we have helped customers and partners make the right decisions when scoping, deploying and consuming Microsoft Azure.

Grey Matter has helped customers and partners by:

  • Understanding their projects and aligning the correct Microsoft Azure package to their solution needs.
  • Advising on the extensive materials available to help them get started.
  • Giving expert licensing and pricing advice during the planning stages.
  • Helping choose the correct licensing scheme.

If you are already using Microsoft Azure via either Pay as You Go or via your free Azure hours with Visual Studio, we can also help you transition to the new Azure on Open Licensing scheme.

For further details or assistance with Microsoft Azure or Azure Licensing, please contact our Cloud Team on +44 (0)1364 655196 or email:

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