Progent has helped businesses of all sizes to plan, configure, and administer information networks based on a range of hybrid models that mix Azure cloud-based infrastructure and services with physical datacenters, private clouds, and additional public clouds like Amazon AWS. Progent is unmatched in the ability to provide immediate and affordable online access to Technology experts to help you to understand the potential advantages of various Azure services for your particular business. Progent's virtualization consultants can assist you to configure virtual machines on Azure Virtual Machines. Progent's certified data security consultants can help you centralize identity management with Azure Active Directory. Progent's data protection consultants can assist you to deploy backup and restore systems with Azure Backup. In addition, Progent's VPN and security appliance specialists can help you create safe and reliable connections to Azure.
About Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure, previously branded Windows Azure, is a leading public cloud service that lets you use IT infrastructure, servers, and key application software residing on Microsoft's vast cloud. Microsoft Azure supports over 100 cloud-centric services including the ability to host Windows and Linux-based virtual machines (VMs), on-demand storage, unified messaging, application development, and backup/restore. Azure products are available on a subscription basis and provided dynamically, so you can instantly expand or reduce compute and storage capacity. Since you pay only for the capacity you need, efficiency is very high, which is the key of public clouds.
Popular Azure Cloud Services
Azure offers dozens of infrastructure and platform products and many hundreds of cloud services. This expanding catalog of cloud-based services covers practically all facets of information technology including processing, data and storage, networking, administration, security, web, mobility, business applications, and development. Other Microsoft products such as Office 365 Exchange rely on Azure network infrastructure. (Visit Office 365 Exchange Online integration and technical support expertise.)
Major Microsoft Azure products and services for which Progent provides high-level expertise and troubleshooting services include:
Azure Virtual Machines allows organizations to configure, expand and administer virtual machines (VMs) on the Azure cloud. Your Azure Storage subscription provides storage for the operating system disk and associated data disks. Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines supports Windows Server, major distributions of Linux, IBM, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server, and other leading platforms. Different categories of virtual machines are offered and priced according to processor performance, memory size, and I/O latency. You can access Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines via Remote Desktop Connection. The PaaS functionality of Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines permits you to run Windows workloads like SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint plus leading Linux distributions such as Red Hat, Debian, CoreOS, and RancherOS.
The enhanced deployment model for Azure Virtual Machines, referred to as Azure Resource Manager and introduced in 2014, replaces what is now called Azure Classic and enables more efficient VM management by allowing VM groups with a shared lifecycle. Before, Microsoft Azure services for deploying, sizing, and administering VMs had to be performed individually. Resource Manager deployment options include Azure Portal, Azure Resource Manager template, Azure PowerShell, and Azure Tools for Visual Studio. Progent's consultants can help you build and maintain Azure solutions efficiently and affordably by delivering expertise with these tools for managing Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines.
Azure Storage offers dynamic capacity and automatic load balancing for primary storage on Azure. A General Purpose Storage account provides Azure clients access to storage services for Blobs, Tables, Files, Queues, and virtual machine drives. Each account has a 500 terabyte capacity maximum. To get higher throughput, you can upgrade to a Premium storage class and operate VM workloads on solid state disks.
Azure Blob storage for General Purpose Storage accounts is intended for massive amounts of unstructured data like documents, social media, archives, web content, log files and Big Data. Blobs are managed as containers, making it easy to designate policies to groups of objects. To transfer blobs that are impractical to upload via an Internet connection, you can mail a drive to Microsoft.
A special class of Blob Storage is intended for apps that only require block or append blob storage. You can designate frequently used or infrequently used access characteristics for block and append blobs (but not for page blobs). Being able to specify access patterns in Azure storage accounts enables you to establish an appropriate balance between cost and throughput.
Table storage is affordably-priced cloud storage designed for developers creating non-relational metadata such as contact books, device information, or web apps. Table Storage works with the OData protocol for querying and supports JSON and XML-based AtomPub formats. Queue storage helps in the creation of messaging apps by supporting asynchronous communication between software components across cloud-based and physical systems. Microsoft Azure File storage supports SMB shares, which simplifies moving legacy apps to the Azure cloud.
Microsoft Azure Active Directory is a cloud-based directory and identity control service that enables password synchronization and single sign-on (SSO) spanning on-premises and cloud infrastructure. Microsoft Azure Active Directory is incorporated in Office 365, Salesforce.com, DropBox, Dynamics 365, and many other popular applications. Features include multi-factor authentication (MFA), endpoint registration, self-service password management across cloud-hosted and on-premises systems, privileged account management, granular role-based access management, auditing, security monitoring, and automatic alerts. Azure AD works seamlessly with Windows Server AD to make it simple to unify local and cloud authentication. Azure offers advanced reliability by locating your directories on a minimum of three geo-dispersed datacenters.
Azure AD enables single sign-on and self-service passwords for cloud and local resources
The Azure AD Connect tool has replaced Windows Azure DirSync, Azure AD Sync (AAD Sync) and Forefront Identity Manager as the preferred means to integrate local directories and synchronize identity information with Active Directory, Office 365 and SaaS cloud-hosted apps.
Azure Backup is a managed cloud-based backup service that simplifies offsite backup of local, cloud-resident, and hybrid data. Three copies of protected data are stored in a single Azure facility, and three extra backups at additional cost be protected at a different Azure location. Microsoft offers SLAs for 99.9% availability, and archiving in the Azure cloud is available for up to 99 years. Backups can be scheduled for daily, monthly, weekly, and yearly cycles, and recovery time is faster and less expensive than old-school tape-based technology. Backups are encrypted prior to transmission over a protected link to the Azure cloud, and backups are stored in their encrypted state. The encryption key is stored and managed locally for better compliance. Other features include throttling to utilize off-peak periods, compression for enhanced throughput and lower storage costs, and incremental backups to conserve bandwidth. Azure Import/Export allows you to perform your initial backup locally and deliver a physical drive to the nearest Azure facility.
Azure Backup integrates closely with System Center Data Protection Manager to provide targeted support for Microsoft's mission-critical platforms like Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Hyper-V. System Center Data Protection Manager works seamlessly with Hyper-V VSS to backup VMs without interfering with their operation. SCDPM also offers product-specific granular restore capability like mailbox recovery for Exchange, database-level restore for SQL Server, and Item Level Recovery (ILR) for SharePoint Server. Azure Backup environments integrated with Data Protection Manager can be monitored 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 want to migrate your IT infrastructure to the Azure cloud or create a hybrid environment that integrates local and cloud-based components, Progent can help you assess the advantages of the Microsoft Azure family of services vs. other public clouds or different networking models such as colocation. Progent can assist you with any stage of Microsoft Azure integration including benefits assessment, solution planning, pilot testing, configuration, centralized management and monitoring, performance tuning, software license control, disaster recovery strategies, cybersecurity solutions, and regulatory compliance analysis.
Progent can assist you to determine which of your critical applications are appropriate for Azure and help ensure your older apps are cloud ready. Progent offers cost-effective as-needed support to help you quickly deal with occasional technical roadblocks or Progent can provide end-to-end project management outsourcing expertise to make sure your Microsoft Azure integration initiative is completed on schedule and on budget.
For setting up centralized management of a hybrid environment that incorporates Microsoft 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 mobility management consulting.
Cloud-integrated networks must furnish a safe, easy-to-manage, seamless, and resilient environment for user to access both on-premises cloud applications and services. Progent has extensive experience configuring VPN tunnels and setting up or troubleshooting firewalls to link to Azure. Progent offers rapid online access to Cisco-certified CCIE network experts and to firewall experts certified by top vendors such as Symantec, Barracuda, and SonicWall to assist you to set up or debug firewalls for integrating your local resources with Microsoft Azure. Progent also supports mobile users by providing the help of Apple iPhone and iPad technology experts as well as Google Android connectivity experts to assist you to set up and manage smartphones and tablets that utilize your Microsoft Azure ecosystem. If you come up against problems with your Azure solution, Progent has experience working with Microsoft's support engineers to fix issues with Azure.
Some examples of online expertise Progent has provided to businesses to help them integrate and maintain their Azure-connected ecosystems include:
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- Configure and troubleshoot IPsec VPN tunnels forremote access to Microsoft Azure
- Plan or review the architecture of hybrid Azure/on-premises network models
- Put together VM images for Windows or Linux technology to be located on Microsoft Azure
- Configure Azure Active Directory, AD Connect, and AD Federation Services
- Plan and validate backup/restore solutions that utilize Azure Backup
- Prep and debug VHDs for Azure
- Define and deploy policies
- Identify and resolve problems with IP addresses
- Resolve sync issues with Office 365
- Configure, patch, and debug firewalls from Cisco, Barracuda, Symantec and other providers
- Configure Cisco AnyConnect for accessing Azure resources
- Simplify license management
- Resolve problems with certificate management
- Select and set up centralized management, monitoring and reporting platforms across hybrid cloud/on-premises networks
- Implement SCCM to deploy applications
- Install System Center Virtual Machine Manager on premises and on Microsoft Azure
- Plan and implement hybrid Exchange deployments
- Optimize query performance on SQL Server hosted by Microsoft Azure
- Migrate Citrix XenDesktop to Azure
- troubleshoot PowerShell problems for uploading modules to Azure
If you are looking for help with any aspect of integrating your IT network with Azure or other public cloud platform, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
Other Cloud Platforms Supported by Progent's Cloud Integration Experts
Products and services offered on public clouds like Azure are growing quickly in volume and complexity. Selecting the right options is increasingly difficult. The majority of enterprises maintain hybrid IT networks that use multiple public cloud and also maintain on-premises datacenters. Office 365 line of apps, including Exchange Online, depend on Azure infrastructure and provide alternative paths to Azure's IaaS products. Progent can assist you to assess the potential advantages of the service portfolios of the leading public clouds and can help you plan, integrate, and administer IT environments that include a variety of public and private clouds along with on-premises facilities.
Other public cloud platforms supported by Progent include:
Microsoft has made a strong effort to enable transparent hybrid networks that integrate Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises installations of Exchange. This permits you to have some Exchange mailboxes located on your on-premises datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consultants can help you with any facet of planning, implementing and troubleshooting your hybrid Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver as-needed support to help you through challenging technical problems and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange initiative is completed on schedule and within budget. To learn more about Progent's online consulting services for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, refer to Exchange Online integration with on-premises Exchange.
Progent's certified Office and Office 365 experts can help companies to incorporate Microsoft Office desktop and Microsoft Office 365 applications including Office Excel, Office Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Access, Visio and Publisher into a seamless solution that provides quick return on investment and enables better business results. Progent can help you to integrate Microsoft Office or Office 365 apps with each other and with other key Microsoft technologies including SharePoint Server, Exchange Server and SQL Server running locally or hosted in the cloud. Progent can also help you to resolve compatibility problems with various releases of Microsoft Office and offers live online Microsoft Office and Office 365 training to individuals or teams.
Progent's Amazon AWS cloud integration consultants can provide cost-effective online consulting to help businesses to access Amazon AWS cloud services such as Amazon EC2 for virtual machine hosting, Amazon S3 for scalable cloud storage, and Amazon Glacier for low-cost long-term archiving. Progent can help you with every aspect of Amazon AWS integration including needs analysis, readiness evaluation, architectural design, pilot testing, deployment, administration, performance tuning, licensing management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security. Progent can provide advanced expertise with firewall configuration and VPN access and can help you create cloud-based or hybrid networking models that efficiently integrate Amazon AWS services. Progent offers as-needed support or Progent can deliver comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing services to help you move smoothly to the Amazon AWS cloud.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service is an integrated library of APIs that allows Amazon sellers to improve the efficiency of their operations by automating key sales functions including listings, orders, shipments, fulfillment, and finances. By leveraging Amazon's extensive online ecosystem and automating their sales, merchants can broaden their market, reduce their operating costs, improve response time to customers, and increase their profits. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service consultants can work with your development team and provide programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training to help you cut development time and get to market quickly.
Progent's Google Cloud Platform integration consultants offer cost-effective online and on-premises support to help organizations of any size to migrate any part of their core network resources to Google Cloud Platform services. This can save management hassle and hardware costs and enable the use of Google's cutting edge AI and machine learning tools. Progent can assist you with every phase of Google Cloud Platform integration including requirements analysis, readiness assessment, system design, pilot testing, deployment, centralized administration, performance tuning, licensing management, disaster recovery mechanisms, and security and compliance.