How does it work?
A good analogy is to imagine a cloud as an onion with its many layers inside. The front layers are the parts that end users can “see” and interact with. For example, Facebook and Outlook.com are cloud software services available to consumers on the front end, or the outer layers of the onion. The back end, or the inside layers, are made up of all the permeations of hardware, platforms, applications and software architecture that power the front end.
For corporate and B2B users, cloud use a network mid-layer to connect devices and technology, including computers and smartphones, to centralized resources in a data center. Users access the data center through the company network and/or the internet from anywhere at any time. This is particularly beneficial for companies with employees or partner employees in multiple locations.
Applications that run from the cloud can leverage the widest range of computing power that exists from multiple sites. Working in this way offers flexibility to clients, allowing them to use as little or as much of the resource as they need, as well as the ability to change it at short notice
Using Microsoft Cloud and its services means that the technology infrastructure is run by a third party, rather than on a server hosted within your company. The benefits involve substantial savings and efficiencies in administration and energy consumption, as well as increased availability, capabilities and performance.
By using Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and all of the related Microsoft-supported products, information storage and software are held at data centers owned by Microsoft. It’s Microsoft that is responsible for ensuring the availability of each of those services.
Microsoft Cloud’s infrastructure provides IT departments with:
- Speed and agility of execution, combined with scalability;
- Freed-up capital by converting CAPEX (capital investments) in IT infrastructure into OPEX (operating expenses);
- The ability to access and use added services that might otherwise involve very high entry costs if they weren’t cloud-based.
In practice this means that IT professionals can quickly create and deploy servers, install applications, manage services flexibly and generate real-time analysis.