Microsoft Azure consists of four main layers: Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Cloud, and the Microsoft Business Platform. Microsoft Teams is the foundation of Microsoft Azure and is comprised of web, desktop, and mobile apps that run on the Microsoft Teams Platform. Microsoft 365 is the platform on which business applications are delivered and managed through the Microsoft 365 suite of products. Microsoft Cloud is the infrastructure on which Microsoft Cloud holds the virtual machines that store business data.
Microsoft Azure consists of four distinct cloud services: Microsoft Business Platform, Microsoft Business Emails, Microsoft Business SMS, and Microsoft 365. Microsoft Business Platform is an in-between platform and serves as an assortment of programs and services that Microsoft provides to end users such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Sharepoint, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Visual Studio. Microsoft Business Email is the email services on the cloud that enables users to receive emails on their devices from any location. Microsoft Business SMS is the text-based messaging and collaboration tools on the cloud that allows two or more people in one location to send and receive text messages back and forth. Lastly, Microsoft Cloud is the operating system that allows the application programming interface to connect the other services together, such as Microsoft 365.
Microsoft Cloud runs on the basis of the common Windows Server. The cloud providers host the Microsoft Office applications while Microsoft Business Platform operates the infrastructure and delivers applications through the internet browser. The basic model of the services is divided between the two parts: the services on the cloud and the on-demand hosting on the central database server. With the on-demand hosting, companies have the advantage of saving on costs as they only pay for what they need, as opposed to paying for upgrades of software and hardware.
Since Microsoft Azure is a hosted environment, companies won't need to worry about purchasing or managing servers, backup tapes, or additional resources for network connectivity. Users will only require high-speed internet connection to access the cloud services and data center. In order to get started, companies only require a few things to get started like a computer and an internet connection. Companies can also use Microsoft Office Online to manage the subscription. On top of all these features, Microsoft Azure offers other benefits, such as:
As compared with the on-premise platform, Microsoft Azure offers more advantages and flexibility for businesses. Businesses will no longer be forced to purchase hardware or pay for a huge data center. They can also start their work from any internet connection, such as mobile phones, laptops, or tablets. While Microsoft has not yet disclosed how much Microsoft Azure data centers will cost clients, it is expected that they will be slightly higher than the prices for on-premise subscriptions.