Progent has assisted organizations of all sizes to plan, configure, and administer information networks that use a variety of hybrid architectures that mix Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure and services with physical datacenters, private clouds, and other public clouds like Amazon AWS. Progent is unmatched in the ability to offer rapid and affordable online help from IT consulting experts to help you to evaluate the potential benefits of various Azure products and services for your particular business. Progent's virtualization consultants can help you to plan and configure VMs on Azure Virtual Machines. Progent's certified information security consultants can help you centralize identity management with Azure Active Directory. Progent's data protection experts can assist you to plan backup/recovery systems with Azure Backup. Also, Progent's VPN and firewall experts can help you create safe and dependable connections to Microsoft Azure.
About Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure, formerly called Windows Azure, is a leading cloud service that lets you utilize network infrastructure, virtual servers, and business-critical application software hosted on Microsoft's massive public cloud. Microsoft Azure offers dozens of cloud-based services including the ability to host Windows and Linux-powered virtual machines (VMs), on-demand storage, messaging, application development with Visual Studio, and backup/recovery. Azure products are offered by subscription and provided dynamically, so you can instantly expand or ratchet down processing and data storage capacity. Since you pay only for the computer resources you consume, efficiency is very high, which is one of the major attractions of cloud computing.
Popular Azure Cloud Services
Microsoft Azure provides dozens of IaaS and PaaS products and hundreds of services. This expanding catalog of cloud-based services covers virtually all areas of IT such as compute, data and storage, networking, administration, security, web hosting, mobile, applications, and software development. Additional popular offerings like Office 365 Exchange rely on Microsoft Azure network infrastructure. (Visit Office 365 Exchange Online consulting and technical support consulting services.)
Major Microsoft Azure products and services for which Progent can deliver advanced consulting expertise and troubleshooting include:
Azure Virtual Machines allows you to deploy, expand and administer virtual machines on the Azure cloud. An Azure Storage subscription takes care of storage for the operating system disk and associated data disks. Azure Virtual Machines works with Microsoft Windows Server, major distributions of Linux, IBM, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server, and other leading platforms. Different categories of virtual machines (VMs) are available and priced based on processor performance, memory capacity, and I/O latency. You can access Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines through RDP. The Platform-as-a-Service features of Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines allows you to run Windows workloads like SQL Server, Exchange Server, and Microsoft Dynamics as well as leading Linux distributions such as Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu, and FreeBSD.
The current deployment model for Azure Virtual Machines, branded Azure Resource Manager and introduced in 2014, replaces what is now known as Azure Classic and offers streamlined VM management by supporting VM groups with a shared lifecycle. Previously, Microsoft Azure cloud services for deploying, scaling, and administering VMs had to be performed individually. Resource Manager deployment features include a cloud portal, Azure Resource Manager template, Azure PowerShell, and Azure Tools for Visual Studio. Progent's Azure specialists can help you create and administer Microsoft Azure solutions quickly and economically by delivering expertise with all these tools for supporting Azure Virtual Machines.
Microsoft Azure Storage offers dynamic capacity and automatic load balancing for primary storage on the Azure cloud. An Azure General Purpose Storage account provides Azure clients access to storage services for Blobs, Tables, Files, Queues, and virtual machine disks. Each storage account includes a 500 TB storage maximum. To get faster performance, you can upgrade to a Premium storage class and operate virtual machine workloads on solid state disks.
Azure Blob storage for General Purpose Storage accounts is intended for large volumes of unstructured object data such as documents, social media, backups, web content, and logs. Blobs are managed as containers, making it easy to designate policies to groups of objects. To export blobs that are too massive to upload via an Internet connection, you can ship physical media to Microsoft.
A special category of Blob Storage is available for apps that use only block or append blob storage. You can specify frequently used or infrequently used access patterns for block and append blobs (not page blobs). The ability to specify access characteristics in Microsoft Azure Storage enables you to arrive at an appropriate trade-off between price and speed.
Table storage is low-cost cloud storage intended for developers using schemaless metadata such as contact lists, device information, or web apps. Table Storage works with the OData protocol for querying and allows JSON and XML-based AtomPub formats. Queue storage helps in the creation of messaging solutions by supporting asynchronous communication between software components across cloud-based and physical systems. Microsoft Azure File storage supports SMB shares, which simplifies moving older applications to Azure.
Microsoft Azure Active Directory is a cloud directory and identity management service that provides password synchronization and single sign-on (SSO) across local and cloud infrastructure. Azure Active Directory (AD) is built into Office 365, Salesforce.com, Concur, Dynamics CRM Online, and thousands of other cloud apps. Capabilities include multi-factor authentication, endpoint registration, password management across cloud-hosted and on-premises environments, privileged account management, role-based access control (RBAC), auditing, security monitoring, and alerts. Microsoft Azure AD integrates seamlessly with Windows Server Active Directory to make it simple to unify on-premises and cloud authentication. Azure provides advanced reliability by storing your directories on a minimum of three geo-dispersed facilities.
Azure AD enables single sign-on and self-service passwords for cloud and local resources
The Azure AD Connect utility has superseded Windows Azure DirSync, Azure AD Sync (AAD Sync) and Forefront Identity Manager as the recommended means to integrate local directories and synchronize identity data with Active Directory, Office 365 and SaaS cloud-hosted apps.
Azure Backup is a managed cloud-based backup service for offsite backup of local, cloud, and hybrid environments. Three copies of backup data are stored in one Azure datacenter, and three more copies can optionally be housed at a geographically separate Azure location. Microsoft offers Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for 99.9% availability, and archiving in the Azure cloud is available for as long as 99 years. You can schedule backups for daily, monthly, weekly, and yearly cycles, and recovery time is faster and more affordable than old-style tape technology. Azure encrypts backups before to transmission over a secure link to Azure, and backups are retained in their encrypted state. The encryption key is stored and managed locally for better security compliance. Other features include throttling to take advantage of off-peak periods, data compression to improve performance and lower storage requirements, and incremental backups to conserve bandwidth. Azure Import/Export enables you to perform your seed backup on-premises and deliver a physical drive to the nearest Azure facility.
Azure Backup can be integrated seamlessly with System Center Data Protection Manager to offer targeted support for Microsoft's mission-critical workloads including Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Windows Hyper-V. System Center Data Protection Manager works transparently with Hyper-V VSS to backup VMs without interfering with their accessibility. DPM also offers platform-specific granular restore capability like mailbox recovery for Exchange, database-level restore for SQL Server, and Item Level Recovery (ILR) for SharePoint. Azure Backup solutions integrated with SCDPM can be tracked with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to watch over system health, throughput, and efficiency.
How Progent Can Help You with Microsoft Azure Solutions
If you intend to migrate your IT infrastructure to the Microsoft Azure cloud or create a hybrid environment that combines local and Azure components, Progent's consultants can help you assess the advantages of the Azure line of services vs. competing public clouds or different networking strategies such as colocation. Progent can assist you with any and every stage of Microsoft Azure migration such as benefits assessment, solution planning, pilot testing, deployment, unified management and monitoring, performance tuning, license management, disaster recovery strategies, security planning, and compliance validation.
Progent can assist you to determine which of your mission-critical applications are appropriate for Microsoft Azure and help you make your older apps are cloud compatible. Progent can provide cost-effective on-demand support to help you quickly deal with stubborn technical hurdles or Progent can deliver end-to-end project management consulting services to ensure your Microsoft Azure integration initiative is successfully completed on schedule and on budget.
To help you implement unified management of a hybrid cloud network that incorporates Microsoft Azure services, Progent offers System Center consulting services including SCDPM expertise, System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) support, System Center Configuration Manager consulting, System Center Virtual Machine Manager hybrid cloud management consulting, and Microsoft Intune mobility management consulting.
Hybrid cloud solutions must provide a secure, manageable, seamless, and resilient environment for user to connect to both local cloud applications and services. Progent has extensive experience deploying VPN tunnels and setting up or debugging firewalls to connect to Microsoft Azure. Progent can provide fast remote access to Cisco-certified CCIE network integration consultants and to firewall experts certified by top suppliers such as Symantec, Barracuda, and Check Point to help you to configure or debug firewalls for connecting your local network with Microsoft Azure. Progent also supports mobile users by providing the skills of Apple iPhone and iPad technology experts and Google Android connectivity experts to help you to set up and administer handheld devices that utilize your Azure ecosystem. If you come up against problems with your Microsoft Azure solution, Progent has experience working with Microsoft's Azure support personnel to resolve problems with Azure.
Common samples of remote consulting services Progent has provided to businesses to integrate and maintain their Azure-connected information systems are:
Contact Progent for Azure Cloud Integration Consulting
- Set up and debug IPsec VPN tunnels forremote access to Microsoft Azure
- Design or analyze the system architecture of hybrid Azure/local network models
- Create Virtual Machine images for Windows or Linux technology to be located on Azure
- Implement Azure AD, AD Connect, and AD Federation Services
- Design and validate data protection systems that utilize Azure Backup
- Set up and debug VHDs for Azure
- Define and deploy policies
- Fix issues with IP addresses
- Resolve synchronization problems with Office 365
- Set up, update, and debug firewalls from Cisco, Barracuda, SonicWall and other vendors
- Configure Cisco AnyConnect technology for remote access to Microsoft Azure products and services
- Simplify license management
- Fix issues with certificate management
- Identify and configure centralized management, monitoring and reporting platforms across hybrid networks
- Set up SCCM to deploy apps
- Configure SCVMM locally and on Azure
- Design and configure hybrid Exchange deployments
- Tune query performance on SQL Server hosted by Microsoft Azure
- Migrate Citrix XenDesktop to Azure
- troubleshoot PowerShell problems for loading modules to Azure
If you need help with any facet of integrating your IT network with Microsoft Azure or other public cloud, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
Additional Public Cloud Services Supported by Progent's Cloud Integration Experts
Services offered on leading public clouds are expanding quickly in number and sophistication. Choosing the best solution is increasingly difficult. The majority of large businesses maintain hybrid networks that use multiple public cloud and at the same time manage on-premises facilities. Office 365 family of apps, including Exchange Online, depend on the Azure cloud and offer alternative paths to Azure's IaaS options. Progent can provide guidance for your organization to assess the business benefits of the service portfolios of the leading cloud vendors and show you how to design, configure, and maintain IT ecosystems that include a variety of public and private clouds plus on-premises facilities.
Other public cloud platforms supported by Progent include:
Microsoft supports transparent hybrid environments that integrate Office 365 and local Exchange deployments. This permits you to have specific mailboxes hosted at your on-premises datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consulting team can help you with any phase of planning, implementing and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365 solution. Progent's Exchange consultants can deliver occasional support to help you resolve challenging technical issues and also offer extensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange initiative is completed on time and within budget. To find out more about Progent's consulting expertise for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, refer to Exchange Online integration with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Microsoft Office and Office 365 consultants can assist companies of any size to integrate Microsoft Office desktop and Office 365 applications such as Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Access, Visio and Publisher into a seamless solution that provides fast return on investment and enables improved business results. Progent can help your company to interface Office or Office 365 apps with each other and with additional core Microsoft platforms such as SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server and SQL Server deployed locally or hosted in the cloud. Progent's consultants can also help you to fix compatibility problems with various versions of Office and can provide live online Microsoft Office and Office 365 instruction to individuals and groups.
Progent's Amazon AWS planning and integration consultants offer cost-effective remote consulting to help companies of any size to access Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services such as Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for virtual server hosting, Amazon S3 for expandable high-performance storage, and Amazon Glacier for value-priced archival storage. Progent can help your IT team with every aspect of Amazon AWS integration including needs analysis, readiness assessment, architectural design, pilot testing, deployment, centralized administration, performance tuning, software license management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewalls and VPN connections and can help you create cloud-centric or hybrid environments that seamlessly integrate Amazon AWS resources. Progent can provide as-needed consulting or Progent can provide project management outsourcing or co-sourcing services to help you migrate efficiently to the Amazon AWS cloud.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) is a library of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to streamline their operations by automating key sales activities such as listings, orders, payments, inbound and outbound fulfillment, and finances. By tapping into Amazon's vast online ecosystem and automating their sales, merchants can expand their reach, lower their operating costs, improve reaction time to customers, and increase their profits. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) developers can collaborate with your development staff and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and mentoring to help you cut development time and expedite your ROI.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform (GCP) planning and integration experts can provide affordable online and on-premises consulting to help companies of any size to move any part of their critical IT infrastructure to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save management hassle and hardware expense and allow access to Google's cutting edge AI and machine learning tools. Progent can assist your IT team with every phase of Google Cloud Platform migration and troubleshooting including needs analysis, preparedness assessment, system design and review, testing, configuration, administration, performance tuning, software license management, backup/restore solutions, and security.