Progent has assisted organizations of all sizes to design, deploy, and manage information networks based on a range of hybrid models that mix Azure cloud-based resources with local facilities, private clouds, and additional public clouds like Amazon AWS or Google Cloud Platform. Progent is unique in the ability to provide rapid and economical online help from Technology consulting experts to assist you to assess the possible advantages of different Azure products and services for your specific business. Progent's virtualization consultants can assist you to configure virtual machines on Azure Virtual Machines. Progent's certified data security experts can help you centralize identity management using Azure Active Directory. Progent's data protection consultants can assist you to configure backup/recovery solutions based on Azure Backup. In addition, Progent's VPN and security appliance specialists can help you set up safe and reliable connections to Azure.
About Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure, formerly called Windows Azure, is a popular public cloud service that lets you use IT infrastructure, servers, and business-critical applications residing on Microsoft's vast public cloud. The Azure ecosystem includes dozens of cloud-based services such as the ability to host Windows and Linux-powered VMs, on-demand storage, unified messaging, application development with Visual Studio, and backup/restore. Microsoft Azure products are available on a subscription basis and allocated as-needed, so you can immediately expand or reduce compute and storage capacity. Because you pay only for the computer resources you consume, efficiency is high, which is one of the major attractions of public clouds.
Key Azure Cloud Products and Services
Microsoft Azure offers dozens of infrastructure and PaaS options and many hundreds of cloud services. This expanding catalog of cloud-based services addresses practically all areas of information technology such as processing, data and storage, networking, management, cybersecurity, web, mobility, business applications, and software development. Additional popular products such as Office 365 Exchange depend Microsoft Azure network infrastructure. (See Office 365 Exchange Online consulting and technical support consulting services.)
Major Azure products and services for which Progent can deliver high-level expertise and technical support include:
Azure Virtual Machines makes it easy for you to configure, scale and administer virtual machines (VMs) on Azure. Your Azure Storage subscription provides storage for the OS disk and any data disks. Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines supports Microsoft Windows Server, major distributions of Linux, SAP, Oracle Database, and additional popular platforms. Different categories of virtual machines (VMs) are offered and priced according to CPU power, memory and disk capacity, and I/O throughput. You can connect with Azure Virtual Machines through RDP. The Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) features of Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines permits organizations to run Windows workloads such as SQL Server, Exchange, and Microsoft Dynamics plus major Linux distributions like Red Hat, CentOS, Ubuntu, and FreeBSD.
The enhanced deployment model for Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines, branded Azure Resource Manager and introduced in 2014, replaces what is now known as Azure Classic and enables more efficient 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 one VM at a time. Resource Manager deployment features include Azure Portal, Azure Resource Manager template, Azure PowerShell, and Visual Studio support. Progent's Azure specialists can help you create and maintain Microsoft Azure solutions efficiently and affordably by providing expertise with all these tools for supporting Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines.
Microsoft Azure Storage delivers dynamic capacity and load balancing for primary storage hosted on Azure. A General Purpose Storage account gives Azure clients the use of storage services for Blobs, Tables, Files, Queues, and VM drives. Every storage account includes a 500 TB capacity maximum. For higher performance, you can upgrade to a Premium storage tier and operate virtual machine workloads on solid state disks.
Azure Blob storage for General Purpose Storage accounts is intended for large volumes of unstructured data like documents, social media, archives, web content, and logs. Blobs are managed as containers, making it simpler to designate policies to groups of objects. To transfer blobs that are too massive to upload over the Internet, you can send a physical drive to Microsoft.
A separate class of Blob Storage is available for apps that only require 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 specify access characteristics in Azure storage accounts enables you to achieve an appropriate balance between cost and throughput.
Table storage is economical storage designed for developers using schemaless metadata like contact lists, device information, or web apps. Table Storage works with the OData protocol for advanced querying and supports JSON and XML-based AtomPub formats. Queue storage helps in the creation of messaging apps by handling asynchronous communication between application components that span cloud-based and physical environments. Microsoft Azure File storage accommodates SMB file shares, which simplifies moving legacy applications to the Azure cloud.
Azure Active Directory is a cloud-based directory and identity control service that enables password synchronization and single sign-on (SSO) across on-premises and cloud-hosted infrastructure. Azure Active Directory is incorporated in Office 365, Salesforce.com, Concur, Dynamics 365, and many other cloud applications. Features include multi-factor authentication, endpoint registration, self-service password management across cloud-hosted and local systems, group management, role-based access management, auditing, security monitoring, and automatic alerts. Azure AD integrates seamlessly with Windows Server AD to make it simple to unify local and cloud authentication. Azure provides advanced reliability by storing your directories on a minimum of three separate facilities.
Microsoft Azure AD enables single sign-on and self-service passwords to access cloud and on-premises resources
The Azure AD Connect tool has replaced Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync), Azure AD Sync (AAD Sync) and Forefront Identity Manager as the recommended means to integrate on-premises directories and synchronize identity data with AD, Office 365 and SaaS cloud applications.
Azure Backup is a managed backup service that simplifies offsite backup of on-premises, cloud, and hybrid data. Three backups are stored in one Azure facility, and three more backups at additional cost be housed in a geographically separate Azure region. Microsoft offers Service Level Agreements for 99.9% availability, and archiving in the Azure cloud can be up to 99 years. You can schedule backups for daily, monthly, weekly, and yearly periods, and restoration is quicker and less expensive than old-school tape-based technology. Backups are encrypted before to being sent across a secure connection to the Azure cloud, and backups are retained encrypted. The encryption key is stored and managed locally for better compliance. Other features include throttling to utilize off-peak hours, compression for enhanced performance and reduced storage costs, and incremental backups to save bandwidth. Azure Import/Export allows you to perform your initial backup on-premises and deliver a physical storage device to the nearest Azure facility.
Azure Backup can be integrated seamlessly with System Center Data Protection Manager to offer specialized support for Microsoft's mission-critical workloads like Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and Windows Hyper-V. System Center Data Protection Manager works transparently with Windows Hyper-V VSS to protect VMs without interrupting their operation. SCDPM also offers platform-specific granular restore features like mailbox restoration for Exchange, database-level restore for Microsoft SQL Server, and Item Level Recovery (ILR) for SharePoint. Azure Backup environments integrated with SCDPM can be tracked with SCOM to watch over system health, throughput, and efficiency.
How Progent Can Help You with Microsoft Azure Solutions
If you want to move your network to the Microsoft Azure cloud or build a hybrid ecosystem that integrates local and cloud-based components, Progent's consultants can help you assess the advantages of the Microsoft Azure line of services compared to other public clouds or alternative networking models like using colo centers. Progent can assist you with any stage of Microsoft Azure migration such as benefits assessment, system planning, pilot testing, configuration, centralized administration, performance optimization, software license management, disaster recovery strategies, security solutions, and compliance analysis.
Progent can assist you to decide which of your critical applications are appropriate for Microsoft Azure and help ensure your legacy apps are cloud ready. Progent offers cost-effective as-needed support to help you quickly deal with occasional technical hurdles or Progent can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing services to ensure your Azure integration initiative is completed on time and on budget.
To help you implement centralized management of a hybrid cloud network that includes Azure services, Progent offers Microsoft System Center support including System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) consulting, System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) support, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) consulting, SCVMM hybrid cloud management consulting, and Microsoft Intune mobile device management consulting.
Hybrid cloud networks need to provide a secure, easy-to-manage, seamless, and reliable way for user to connect to both local cloud-based applications and services. Progent has a wealth of experience configuring VPN connections and setting up or debugging firewalls to connect to Microsoft Azure. Progent can provide fast online access to Cisco-certified CCIE network integration experts and to firewall experts certified by leading suppliers such as Symantec, Barracuda, and Check Point to help you to set up or debug firewalls for integrating your local network with Azure. Progent also supports mobile users by offering the help of Apple iPhone and iPad technology consultants as well as Google Android integration experts to help you to configure and manage handheld devices connected to your Microsoft Azure ecosystem. If you encounter glitches with your Azure solution, Progent has experience working with Microsoft's Azure support engineers to resolve problems with Azure.
Some samples of remote expertise Progent has delivered to businesses to help them integrate and maintain their Azure-connected ecosystems are:
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- Set up and troubleshoot IPsec VPN connections forremote access to Azure
- Plan or analyze the architecture of hybrid Azure/local environments
- Assemble Virtual Machine images for Windows or Linux technology to be located on Microsoft Azure
- Implement Azure Active Directory, AD Connect, and AD Federation Services
- Design and test backup/restore solutions based on Azure Backup services
- Set up and troubleshoot VHDs for Microsoft Azure
- Specify and deploy security policies
- Identify and resolve issues involving IP addresses
- Fix sync issues with Office 365
- Configure, patch, and debug firewalls from Cisco, Barracuda, WatchGuard and other vendors
- Configure Cisco AnyConnect technology for accessing Microsoft Azure products and services
- Streamline license management
- Fix issues with certificate management
- Select and deploy centralized management, monitoring and reporting solutions across hybrid networks
- Set up Configuration Manager to deploy apps
- Configure SCVMM on premises and on Microsoft Azure
- Plan and configure hybrid Exchange deployments
- Optimize query performance on SQL Server hosted by Microsoft Azure
- Move Citrix XenDesktop to Azure
- Resolve PowerShell problems for uploading modules to Azure
If you need help with any facet of integrating your network with Microsoft Azure or other public cloud, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
Other Public Cloud Services Supported by Progent's Cloud Integration Experts
Products and services available on public clouds like Azure are expanding quickly in volume and sophistication. Selecting the right solution can be a challenge. The majority of large businesses maintain hybrid networks that use multiple public cloud and at the same time maintain on-premises facilities. Microsoft's Office 365 line of apps, including Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online, rely on Azure infrastructure and provide alternative paths to Azure's IaaS products. Progent can assist you to evaluate the potential advantages of the services offered by. many options available from the major cloud vendors and can show you how to plan, integrate, and manage network environments that include an assortment of public and private clouds plus physical local datacenters.
Other public cloud platforms supported by Progent include:
Microsoft supports transparent hybrid environments that combine Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises installations of Exchange. This permits you to have some Exchange mailboxes hosted at your corporate datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consulting team can help you with any phase of planning, implementing and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365 solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide occasional support to help you through challenging technical issues and also offer extensive project management outsourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution is successfully completed on time and within budget. For more information about Progent's consulting support for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, visit Office 365 Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's Office and Office 365 consultants can assist companies to integrate Microsoft Office desktop and Microsoft Office 365 applications including Office Excel, Office Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Project and Publisher into a seamless productivity solution that offers fast return on investment and enables improved business results. Progent can help you to interface Microsoft Office or Office 365 applications with each other and with other core Microsoft platforms such as SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server deployed on-premises or hosted in the cloud. Progent's consultants can also help you to fix compatibility problems with various releases of Office desktop and offers live online Microsoft Office and Office 365 training to individuals and teams.
Progent's Amazon AWS planning and integration consultants can provide affordable remote support to help companies of any size to access Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services including Amazon EC2 for virtual server hosting, Amazon S3 for expandable low-latency storage, and Glacier for value-priced archival storage. Progent can assist you with every aspect of Amazon AWS integration including requirements analysis, preparedness evaluation, architectural design and review, pilot testing, configuration, administration, performance tuning, software license management, disaster recovery solutions, and security strategies. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewalls and VPN access and can show you how to create cloud-centric or hybrid ecosystems that seamlessly integrate Amazon AWS cloud services. Progent can provide occasional support or Progent can provide project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to help you move smoothly to the Amazon AWS platform.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) is a collection of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to improve the efficiency of their operations by automating crucial sales functions such as listings, orders, payments, fulfillment, and finances. By leveraging Amazon's vast online selling environment and automating their sales, vendors can broaden their market, reduce their operating costs, improve response time to customers, and add to their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) developers can collaborate with your development team and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training so you can cut development time and costs and get to market quickly.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform integration consultants offer cost-effective online and onsite support to assist companies of any size to migrate all or part of their critical network resources to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). This can save management hassle and equipment costs and allow access to Google's cutting edge machine learning technology. Progent can help your IT team with every phase of Google Cloud Platform migration and troubleshooting including requirements analysis, preparedness evaluation, architectural design, pilot testing, deployment, administration, performance optimization, licensing management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security.