Progent has assisted organizations of all sizes to design, implement, and manage information networks based on a range of hybrid architectures that mix Azure cloud infrastructure and services with local datacenters, private clouds, and other public clouds like Amazon AWS. Progent is unmatched in the ability to provide fast and economical online access to Technology consulting experts to help you to understand the potential benefits of different Azure products and services for your specific organization. Progent's virtualization consultants can help you to set up VMs on Azure Virtual Machines. Progent's certified information security consultants can help you unify identity management with Azure Active Directory. Progent's data protection consultants can assist you to design backup and restore systems based on Azure Backup. In addition, Progent's VPN and security appliance experts can help you set up safe and dependable connections to Microsoft Azure.
About Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure, formerly branded Windows Azure, is a popular public cloud service that allows you to utilize IT infrastructure, virtual servers, and key application software residing on Microsoft's vast cloud. The Azure ecosystem supports over 100 cloud-based services such as hosting Windows and Linux-based virtual machines (VMs), on-demand storage, unified messaging, application development with Visual Studio, and backup/recovery. Microsoft Azure products are delivered on a subscription basis and allocated as-needed, so organizations can immediately ramp up or reduce processing and data storage capacity. Because you pay just for the computer resources you consume, utilization is high, which is one of the major attractions of cloud computing.
Popular Microsoft Azure Cloud Products and Services
Microsoft Azure provides dozens of infrastructure and PaaS products and many hundreds of cloud services. This growing catalog of integrated cloud services covers virtually all areas of IT such as processing, data and storage, networking, administration, cybersecurity, web, mobility, applications, and development. Additional popular products such as Office 365 Exchange depend Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. (Visit Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online consulting and technical support expertise.)
Major Microsoft Azure offerings for which Progent can deliver advanced consulting expertise and troubleshooting services include:
Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines hosting service allows you to deploy, scale and administer virtual machines on the Azure cloud. Your Azure Storage account provides storage for the operating system disk and any data disks. Azure Virtual Machines works with Windows Server, Linux, IBM, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server, and other leading platforms. Various categories of VMs are available and priced according to CPU power, memory size, and I/O throughput. You can access 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 Server, and Microsoft Dynamics as well as leading Linux distributions like Red Hat, CentOS, CoreOS, and RancherOS.
The enhanced deployment model for Azure Virtual Machines, referred to as Azure Resource Manager and introduced in 2014, supersedes what is now called Azure Classic and enables more efficient virtual machine management by allowing VM groups with a common lifecycle. Before, Azure services for deploying, scaling, and managing VMs had to be performed individually. Resource Manager provisioning features include a cloud portal, Azure Resource Manager template, Azure PowerShell, and Visual Studio support. Progent's Azure specialists can show you how to create and administer Azure environments efficiently and affordably by delivering expertise with all these tools for supporting Azure Virtual Machines.
Azure Storage delivers on-demand scale and automatic load balancing for primary storage hosted on the Azure cloud. An Azure General Purpose Storage account provides Azure subscribers the use of storage services for Blobs, Tables, Files, Queues, and VM disks. Every account has a 500 TB storage maximum. To get faster throughput, you can upgrade to a Premium storage class and operate VM applications on solid state disks.
Azure Blob storage for General Purpose Storage accounts is designed for massive amounts of unstructured object data such as documents, social media, backups, web content, and system logs. Azure Blobs are managed as containers, making it easy to assign security policies to object groups. To transfer blobs that are impractical to move via an Internet connection, you can mail media to Microsoft.
A separate class of Blob Storage is intended for applications 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). Being able to specify data access patterns in Microsoft Azure storage accounts enables you to arrive at an appropriate trade-off between cost and performance.
Table storage is economical storage designed for developers creating schemaless metadata such as contact books, device information, or web applications. Azure Table Storage supports the OData protocol for querying and allows JSON and XML-based AtomPub formats. Queue storage helps in the creation of messaging apps by supporting asynchronous communication between application components that span cloud and physical systems. Azure File storage supports SMB file shares, which simplifies migrating legacy apps to Azure.
Azure Active Directory is a cloud directory and authentication control service that provides password synchronization and single sign-on spanning local and cloud-hosted environments. Azure Active Directory is built into Office 365, Salesforce.com, Concur, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and thousands of other cloud apps. Features include multi-factor authentication, endpoint registration, password synchronization across cloud and on-premises systems, privileged account management, role-based access control, auditing, security monitoring, and automatic alerts. Microsoft Azure AD integrates seamlessly with your Windows Server Active Directory to make it easy to unify on-premises and cloud-based authentication. Azure offers high availability by locating your directories on a minimum of three geo-dispersed facilities.
Microsoft Azure AD allows single sign-on and self-service passwords to access cloud and local resources
The Azure AD Connect utility has superseded Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync), Azure AD Sync and Forefront Identity Manager as the preferred means to connect local directories and synchronize identity data with AD, Office 365 and SaaS cloud applications.
Azure Backup is a managed cloud-based backup service for offsite backup of local, cloud-resident, and hybrid cloud/local data. Three backups are stored in the same Azure datacenter, and three additional copies of target data can be housed at a geographically separate Azure location. Microsoft offers SLAs for 99.9% availability, and archiving in Azure can be up to 99 years. Backups can be scheduled for daily, monthly, weekly, and yearly cycles, and recovery time is faster and less expensive than traditional tape-based technology. Backups are encrypted before to transmission over a protected connection to Azure, and backups are retained encrypted. The encryption key is kept locally for enhanced security compliance. Additional features include throttling to take advantage of off-peak periods, compression for enhanced throughput and lower storage costs, and incremental backups to save bandwidth. Azure Import/Export allows you to perform your seed backup locally 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 targeted support for Microsoft's mission-critical workloads including Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and Hyper-V. Data Protection Manager works seamlessly with Windows Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) to protect VMs without disrupting their operation. DPM also offers product-specific granular recovery capability like mailbox restoration for Exchange, database-level restore for Microsoft SQL Server, and ILR for SharePoint. Azure Backup solutions integrated with Data Protection Manager can be tracked with System Center Operations Manager to watch over system health, throughput, and utilization.
How Progent Can Help You with Microsoft Azure Environments
If you intend to move your IT infrastructure to the Microsoft Azure cloud or build a hybrid environment that combines local and cloud-based components, Progent's consultants can help you assess the advantages of the Azure family of services compared to other public cloud platforms or alternative networking models such as using colo centers. Progent can assist you with any and every stage of Microsoft Azure migration such as ROI analysis, system design, proof of concept, implementation, centralized management and monitoring, performance tuning, license management, disaster recovery planning, security planning, and regulatory compliance analysis.
Progent can assist you to decide which of your line-of-business applications are appropriate for Azure and help ensure your legacy applications are cloud compatible. Progent can provide affordable as-needed support so you can immediately get past stubborn technical hurdles or Progent can provide comprehensive project management consulting expertise to ensure your Azure integration initiative is completed on time and on budget.
To help you implement centralized administration of a hybrid network that incorporates Azure services, Progent offers Microsoft System Center consulting services including System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) expertise, System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) support, System Center Configuration Manager consulting, System Center Virtual Machine Manager hybrid cloud management expertise, and Microsoft Intune mobile device management consulting.
Cloud-integrated solutions must furnish a safe, manageable, user-friendly, and reliable environment for user to access both local cloud-based applications and services. Progent has a wealth of experience configuring VPN connections and setting up or troubleshooting firewalls to link to Azure. Progent can provide fast online access to Cisco-certified CCIE network integration consultants and to firewall experts certified by leading vendors like Symantec, Barracuda, and Check Point to help you to set up or debug firewalls for integrating your on-premises resources with Azure. Progent also supports mobile users by offering the help of iPhone and iPad technology consultants as well as Android integration consultants to help you to set up and manage handheld devices that utilize your Azure ecosystem. When you come up against problems with your Microsoft Azure solution, Progent has experience working with Microsoft's Azure support engineers to resolve issues with Azure.
Some examples of online consulting services Progent has delivered to businesses to help them create and maintain their Azure-connected information systems include:
Contact Progent for Azure Cloud Integration Consulting
- Configure and troubleshoot IPsec VPN connections forremote access to Azure
- Design or review the architecture of hybrid Azure/on-premises environments
- Create VM images for Windows or Linux systems to be hosted on Microsoft Azure
- Configure Azure Active Directory, Azure AD Connect, and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
- Design and test data protection systems based on Azure Backup services
- Prep and debug VHDs for Microsoft Azure
- Define and deploy security policies
- Identify and resolve problems involving IP addresses
- Resolve synchronization issues with Office 365
- Configure, update, and debug firewalls from Cisco, Barracuda, SonicWall and other vendors
- Set up Cisco AnyConnect technology for accessing Microsoft Azure products and services
- Simplify software license control
- Fix issues with certificate management
- Select and deploy unified management, monitoring and reporting utilities across hybrid environments
- Set up System Center Configuration Manager to deploy apps
- Install SCVMM on premises and on Azure
- Design and configure hybrid Exchange solutions
- Tune query speed on SQL Server hosted by Microsoft Azure
- Move Citrix XenDesktop to the Azure cloud
- troubleshoot PowerShell issues for uploading modules to Azure
If you are looking for help with any aspect of integrating your network with Azure or other public cloud platform, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.
Additional Public Cloud Services Supported by Progent's Cloud Integration Experts
Products and services available on public clouds are growing quickly in volume and sophistication. Selecting the right options is increasingly difficult. The majority of large businesses have hybrid networks that utilize more than one public cloud and also maintain on-premises facilities. Office 365 line of applications, including Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online, depend on the Azure cloud and offer alternative paths to Azure's IaaS products. Progent can assist your organization to evaluate the business benefits of the service portfolios of the major cloud vendors and can show you how to design, configure, and manage network ecosystems that incorporate an assortment of public and private clouds plus on-premises facilities.
Additional public clouds supported by Progent include:
Microsoft allows you to create transparent hybrid ecosystems that integrate Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises Exchange. This permits you to have specific Exchange mailboxes hosted on your on-premises datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help your organization with any phase of designing, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Exchange network. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver occasional support to help you resolve challenging technical bottlenecks and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is completed on schedule and within budget. To find out more about Progent's consulting expertise for integrating Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, see Exchange Online integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's certified Microsoft Office and Office 365 experts can assist companies to incorporate Microsoft Office desktop and Microsoft Office 365 applications including Office Excel, Office Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Visio and Publisher into a cohesive productivity solution that provides quick return on investment and promotes improved business results. Progent can assist you to integrate Microsoft Office or Office 365 apps with one another and with additional key Microsoft platforms including SharePoint Server, Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server running locally or hosted in the cloud. Progent can also assist you to fix compatibility problems with various versions of Microsoft Office desktop and offers customized online Office and Office 365 training to individuals and teams.
Progent's Amazon Web Services (AWS) integration consultants can provide cost-effective online consulting to help companies of any size to access 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 you with every phase of Amazon AWS migration and troubleshooting including requirements analysis, preparedness assessment, architectural design, testing, deployment, administration, performance tuning, licensing management, disaster recovery mechanisms, and security and compliance. Progent can provide advanced expertise with firewalls and VPN connections and can help you create cloud-based or hybrid networking models that seamlessly incorporate Amazon AWS cloud services. Progent can provide occasional expertise or Progent can deliver project management outsourcing services to help you migrate efficiently to the Amazon AWS cloud.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service is an integrated library of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to streamline their operations by automating key sales functions such as listings, orders, shipments, fulfillment, and finances. By tapping into Amazon's extensive online ecosystem and automating their sales, merchants can broaden their market, lower their operating costs, accelerate reaction time to customers, and add to their bottom line. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service consultants can collaborate with your development staff and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and mentoring to help you cut development time and get to market quickly.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform planning and integration consultants offer cost-effective remote and on-premises support to assist businesses to move any portion of their critical network infrastructure to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save time and hardware expense and enable access to Google's state-of-the-art machine learning tools. Progent can assist your IT team with every phase of Google Cloud Platform integration including needs analysis, readiness assessment, system design and review, pilot testing, configuration, centralized administration, performance optimization, licensing management, disaster recovery solutions, and security.