Microsoft has always been dominant in the personal computing space, but as of recent, they are also dominant in the cloud game. Since its release, Azure quickly was able to function at the level of other cloud providers, and it hasn’t taken them long to inch ahead of their competition. Most other cloud providers offer a stripped down shell wrapped around their commodity offerings. Microsoft Azure seems a bit prettier and has a more creative name to show for it.

Here are some of the competitive advantages Azure offers:

  • .NET compatibility: Across their products, Microsoft uses consistent framework making developing web applications and desktop software easy. In addition, Azure App Service supports newer, open-source options as well.
  • Power Platform: Microsoft’s collection of integrated tools used for delivering basic apps, business reporting, workflow automation and artificial intelligence.
  • Most cloud regions: Whether it’s a legal, practical, geographical or for no specific reason at all, Azure offers the most cloud regions of any provider, giving you plenty of options to where your data can be stored.
  • Visual Studio: Prebuilt images on Azure lets you run your own instance using Visual Studio in just a few clicks.
  • Windows Virtual Desktop: This portal allows you to deploy Windows to anyone working remote, while allowing Azure Firewalls to protect you.
  • Microsoft 365 integration
  • Cosmos DB: Use 5 different APIs to read and write data.
  • Robust Blog Indexes: Simple keyword searching within blobs and routine indexing allows you to find data quickly and efficiently.
  • Video Indexer: Searches through endless frames while identifying multiple languages and transcribing words.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but it will give you at least a good idea of some of the areas Azure excels over its competition. 2W Tech is a technology service provider specializing in manufacturing solutions. We are a Microsoft Gold Partner and have IT Consultants on staff that are experts in deploying Azure in many different environments and for many different applications. Give us a call today to learn more.

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