Progent has helped businesses of all sizes to design, deploy, and administer networks that use a variety of hybrid architectures that combine Microsoft Azure cloud resources with local facilities, private clouds, and additional public clouds like Amazon AWS. Progent is unmatched in the ability to offer immediate and economical online access to IT experts to assist you to assess the possible advantages of different Azure services for your specific business. Progent's virtualization experts can help you to plan and configure VMs on Azure Virtual Machines. Progent's certified data security experts can help you centralize identity management with Azure Active Directory. Progent's data protection consultants can help you to design backup and restore solutions with Azure Backup. Also, Progent's VPN and security appliance experts can show you how to set up secure and reliable connections to Azure.
About Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure, formerly branded Windows Azure, is a leading public cloud service that allows you to utilize IT infrastructure, servers, and business-critical application software residing on Microsoft's massive cloud. The Azure ecosystem includes over 100 cloud-based services including the ability to host Windows and Linux-powered virtual machines, scalable cloud storage, unified messaging, application development with Visual Studio, and backup/recovery. Microsoft Azure services are delivered by subscription and provided as-needed, so organizations can instantly ramp up or ratchet down compute and data storage capacity. Because you pay just for the computer resources you consume, efficiency is high, which is one of the major attractions of public clouds.
Popular Azure Cloud Services
Microsoft Azure offers more than 60 IaaS and PaaS products and many hundreds of services. This expanding set of cloud-based services addresses practically all areas of IT including processing, data and storage, networking, administration, cybersecurity, web hosting, mobile, applications, and software development. Other popular offerings such as Office 365 Exchange depend Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. (See Office 365 Exchange Online consulting and troubleshooting expertise.)
Key Azure products and services for which Progent provides advanced consulting expertise and technical support include:
Azure Virtual Machines allows you to configure, expand and manage virtual machines (VMs) on the Azure cloud. Your Azure Storage subscription provides storage for the OS disk and associated data disks. Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines supports Microsoft Windows Server, major distributions of Linux, IBM, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server, and other popular platforms. Various classes of VMs are available and priced according to processor power, memory capacity, and I/O throughput. You can connect with Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines through Remote Desktop Connection (RDP). The PaaS functionality of Azure Virtual Machines allows organizations to run Windows workloads such as SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint as well as major Linux distributions such as Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu, and RancherOS.
The current deployment model for Azure Virtual Machines, referred to as Azure Resource Manager, supersedes what is now known as Azure Classic and enables more efficient VM management by supporting VM groups with a shared lifecycle. Before, Microsoft Azure cloud services for deploying, sizing, and administering VMs had to be handled individually. Resource Manager provisioning features include a cloud portal, Azure Resource Manager template, Azure PowerShell, and Azure Tools for Visual Studio. Progent's Azure specialists can show you how to build and maintain Microsoft Azure solutions efficiently and affordably by providing expertise with all these tools for managing Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines.
Microsoft Azure Storage offers dynamic scale and automatic load balancing for primary storage hosted on Azure. A General Purpose Storage account gives Azure clients access to storage services for Blobs, Tables, Files, Queues, and VM drives. Every storage account has a 500 terabyte storage maximum. To get higher performance, you can upgrade to a Premium storage tier and operate virtual machine workloads on solid state disks (SSDs).
Azure Blob storage for General Purpose Storage accounts is designed for large volumes of unstructured object data like documents, social media, backups, web pages, and logs. Blobs are managed as containers, which makes it easy to designate policies to object groups. To send blobs that are impractical to upload via the Internet, you can send a physical drive to Microsoft.
A special class of Blob Storage is available for applications that use only block or append blob storage. You can specify Hot or Cool access patterns for block and append blobs (but not for page blobs). The ability to define data access characteristics in Azure storage accounts enables you to establish an appropriate balance between price and throughput.
Table storage is affordably-priced cloud storage for developers using NoSQL metadata like address lists, device information, or web applications. Table Storage supports the OData protocol for advanced querying and supports JSON and XMLd AtomPub formats. Queue storage facilitates the creation of messaging apps by supporting asynchronous communication between application components that span cloud and physical environments. Azure File storage accommodates SMB shares, which simplifies migrating legacy applications to Azure.
Microsoft Azure Active Directory is a cloud-based directory and authentication control service that provides password synchronization and single sign-on across local and cloud-hosted infrastructure. Azure Active Directory is built into Office 365, Salesforce.com, DropBox, Dynamics CRM Online, and many other cloud applications. Features include multi-factor authentication, endpoint registration, self-service password management across cloud-hosted and on-premises systems, group management, granular role-based access control (RBAC), auditing, security monitoring and reporting, and automatic alerts. Microsoft Azure AD integrates seamlessly with Windows Server AD to make it simple to unify on-premises and cloud identities. Azure offers advanced reliability by locating your directories on at least three geo-dispersed datacenters.
Microsoft Azure AD allows single sign-on password management to access cloud and on-premises resources
The Microsoft Azure AD Connect utility has superseded Windows Azure DirSync, Azure AD Sync and Forefront Identity Manager as the preferred means to connect on-premises directories and synchronize identity data with Active Directory, Office 365 and SaaS cloud-hosted apps.
Azure Backup is an automated cloud-based backup service for offsite backup of local, cloud, and hybrid data. Three copies of protected data are stored in the same Azure facility, and three more copies at additional cost be housed in a different Azure location. Microsoft offers Service Level Agreements for 99.9% availability, and archiving in Azure can be up to 99 years. You can schedule backups for daily, monthly, weekly, and yearly periods, and recovery time is quicker and less expensive than traditional tape solutions. Azure encrypts backups prior to being sent across a secure connection to the Azure cloud, and backups are stored encrypted. The encryption key is stored and managed locally for enhanced security compliance. Other features include throttling to utilize off-peak periods, compression to improve performance and reduced storage costs, and incremental backups to conserve bandwidth. Azure Import/Export enables you to perform your seed backup locally and deliver a physical drive to the closest Azure datacenter.
Azure Backup integrates closely with System Center Data Protection Manager to provide specialized support for Microsoft's key workloads like Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and Windows Hyper-V. System Center Data Protection Manager works transparently with Windows Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) to protect virtual machines without interrupting their accessibility. SCDPM also offers platform-specific granular recovery capability like mailbox recovery for Exchange, database-level recovery for SQL Server, and Item Level Recovery (ILR) for SharePoint. Azure Backup solutions integrated with SCDPM can be tracked with System Center Operations Manager to watch over system health, performance, and efficiency.
How Progent's Experts Can Assist You with Microsoft Azure Solutions
If you want to migrate your organization's network to the Azure cloud or create a hybrid ecosystem that integrates local and Azure resources, Progent can help you evaluate the benefits of the Azure line of services compared to competing public cloud platforms or different architectural models such as using colo centers. Progent can help your business with any and every phase of Microsoft Azure integration including ROI assessment, solution planning, pilot testing, implementation, centralized management, performance optimization, license management, disaster recovery planning, security solutions, and regulatory compliance validation.
Progent can assist you to decide which of your line-of-business applications are a good fit for Azure and help you make your legacy applications are cloud compatible. Progent can provide cost-effective on-demand support so you can immediately get past stubborn technical hurdles or Progent can deliver end-to-end project management consulting expertise to make sure your Microsoft Azure integration initiative is completed on time and on budget.
For setting up centralized administration of a hybrid cloud network that incorporates Microsoft Azure services, Progent offers System Center consulting services including System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) consulting, System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) support, System Center Configuration Manager expertise, System Center Virtual Machine Manager hybrid cloud management expertise, and Microsoft Intune mobility management consulting.
Cloud-integrated networks need to provide a safe, easy-to-manage, user-friendly, and reliable way for user to connect to both local cloud-based applications and services. Progent has extensive experience configuring VPN tunnels and implementing or debugging firewalls to connect to Azure services. Progent offers fast remote access to Cisco-certified CCIE network infrastructure experts and to firewall experts certified by top suppliers like Symantec, Barracuda, and Check Point to assist you to configure or troubleshoot firewalls for connecting your on-premises network with Azure. Progent also provides mobility support by offering the help of iPhone and iPad technology consultants as well as Google Android connectivity experts to help you to set up and administer smartphones and tablets connected to your Microsoft Azure environment. When you encounter problems with your Microsoft Azure solution, Progent has extensive experience working with Microsoft's Azure support personnel to resolve problems with Azure.
Some examples of remote consulting services Progent has provided to businesses to help them create and manage their Azure-connected networks are:
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- Set up and troubleshoot IPsec VPN connections forremote access to Microsoft Azure
- Plan or provide guidance for the system architecture of hybrid Azure/on-premises network models
- Assemble Virtual Machine images for Windows or Linux technology to be located on Microsoft Azure
- Configure Azure Active Directory, Azure AD Connect, and ADFS
- Plan and test backup/restore solutions that utilize Azure Backup
- Set up and troubleshoot VHDs for Azure
- Define and implement security rules
- Identify and resolve problems with IP addresses
- Resolve synchronization problems with Office 365
- Configure, patch, and debug firewalls from Cisco, Barracuda, Symantec and other providers
- Set up Cisco AnyConnect technology for remote access to Microsoft Azure resources
- Streamline license administration
- Fix issues with certificates
- Select and configure centralized management, monitoring and reporting utilities that span hybrid cloud/on-premises networks
- Implement System Center Configuration Manager to deploy applications
- Install System Center Virtual Machine Manager locally and on Microsoft Azure
- Plan and implement hybrid Exchange deployments
- Optimize query speed on SQL Server hosted by Microsoft Azure
- Move Citrix XenDesktop to the Azure cloud
- troubleshoot PowerShell problems for loading modules to Azure
If you are looking for assistance with any facet of integrating your network with Azure or other public cloud, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
Other Public Cloud Services Supported by Progent's Cloud Integration Experts
Products and services offered on public clouds are expanding rapidly in number and complexity. Selecting the right options is a challenge. Most large businesses have hybrid IT networks that utilize more than one public cloud and at the same time maintain corporate facilities. Office 365 family of applications, including Exchange Online, depend on the Azure cloud and offer alternatives to Azure's Infrastructure-as-a-Service options. Progent can help you to evaluate the potential benefits of the services offered by. many options available from the major cloud vendors and can help you plan, integrate, and manage IT environments that incorporate an assortment of public and private clouds along with on-premises datacenters.
Other public clouds supported by Progent include:
Microsoft supports seamless hybrid environments that integrate Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises Exchange deployments. This permits you to have specific mailboxes located at your physical datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consulting team can assist your organization with any phase of designing, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver as-needed support to help you resolve stubborn technical bottlenecks and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange initiative is completed on time and within budget. To learn more about Progent's online consulting expertise for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, see Office 365 Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Office and Office 365 consultants can help companies of any size to incorporate Office desktop and Office 365 apps such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Access, Project and Publisher into a cohesive productivity solution that provides quick return on investment and promotes better business outcomes. Progent can help your company to integrate Microsoft Office or Office 365 applications with one another and with other core Microsoft platforms including SharePoint, Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server deployed locally or hosted in the cloud. Progent can also assist you to fix compatibility problems between various releases of Microsoft Office desktop and offers live online Microsoft Office and Office 365 instruction to individual users and groups.
Progent's Amazon Web Services (AWS) integration consultants offer affordable remote consulting to assist businesses of any size to integrate Amazon AWS cloud services such as Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for virtual server hosting, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for scalable high-performance storage, and Glacier for low-cost long-term archiving. Progent can help your IT team with every phase of Amazon AWS integration including needs analysis, readiness evaluation, system design and review, testing, configuration, administration, performance optimization, licensing management, backup/restore solutions, and security. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewall configuration and VPN connections and can help you create cloud-based or hybrid environments that seamlessly incorporate Amazon AWS cloud services. Progent can provide as-needed consulting or Progent can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing services to help you move efficiently to the Amazon AWS cloud.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) is an integrated collection of APIs that allows Amazon sellers to streamline their operations by automating key sales activities such as listings, orders, shipments, inbound and outbound fulfillment, and finances. By leveraging Amazon's extensive online ecosystem and automating their sales, merchants can expand their market, lower their cost of sales, accelerate response time to customers, and add to their profits. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) consultants can work with your development team and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training to help you cut development time and costs and get to market quickly.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform integration experts offer affordable remote and on-premises support to help businesses to migrate all or part of their core network resources to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save time and equipment costs and allow the use of Google's state-of-the-art machine learning technology. Progent can assist your IT team with every phase of Google Cloud Platform integration including requirements analysis, readiness evaluation, system design and review, pilot testing, configuration, administration, performance tuning, software license management, backup/restore solutions, and security strategies.