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Microsoft Azure FAQ

MJ Flood Technology – Microsoft Gold Partner- Guido Marchetti Cloud Lead

What is Azure?

Azure is Microsoft Cloud infrastructure and platform as a service. It allows users to consume IT hardware and software like a utility bill. Well, that is the practical answer. The technologists in us see Azure as a place to make the impossible, possible. If you can imagine it, then Azure will help it become a reality. Its computing like never before.

Is Azure secure?

Yes, security and privacy are built into the Azure platform. Microsoft is committed to the highest levels of trust, transparency, standards conformance, and regulatory compliance with the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider.

Will Azure really save me money?

With no upfront cost, you only pay for what you use. Azure provides flexible purchasing and pricing options for all your cloud scenarios, such as the Azure Hybrid Benefit, and offers extensive tools to help manage your cloud spend.

Can I try Azure for free, without any risk of being charged?

Yes of course. Create an Azure free account to learn how Azure works, try products and cloud services, and view tutorials on how to deploy your first solution in 10 minutes or less.  With our spending limit feature, customers who sign up for a free trial, Visual Studio, MPN, or BizSpark offer can use Azure without any fear of getting charged as long as they keep the spending limit feature turned on.

Will Azure work for my industry?

Azure provides solutions for all industries. Bring together cloud services and products tailored for your industry to help meet your specific needs and drive innovation.

I have server licenses. Can I transfer them to Azure and run them on Virtual Machines?

 Yes, through license mobility, if you have SA you can “bring-your-own-license” for all Virtual Machines supported server products except Windows Server

Is there a pre commit?

There is no need for one, you can sign up to Azure as a pay as you go model, or if you prefer a fixed price you can also purchase Reserved virtual instances of machines. This gives you the ability to fix your price for the resources you need.

Is the Cloud more cost effective?

This depends on what you are trying to achieve. In some case yes, it is, in others it might not be. But we will work with you to design the solution that meets your business requirements.

What is the Azure SLA agreement?

Azure has separate SLAs for all services that are generally available, and not in preview.

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