Move to the cloud with six hybrid solutions that establish a strong technical foundation for more advanced solutions.
By moving to Azure, you’ll be able to innovate in new ways by adopting a cloud operations based model on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) technologies. Additionally, you’ll be able to take advantage of further opportunities for innovation by modernizing with fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) offerings.
But, before you begin down a cloud adoption path, it’s important to first establish a strong technical foundation to support your long-term cloud strategy. With that foundation in place, you can then build more advanced solutions onto that foundation and digitally transform your business.
To that end, this eBook covers six Microsoft Azure solutions that serve as a strong foundation to the cloud.
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Use Case 1: Hybrid Identity
Almost every Azure solution you will build will connect to a cloud identity and networking baseline. Build a foundation for your cloud deployments by starting with Hybrid Identity, and Hybrid Networking (Use Case 2). Then, you’re ready to add more solutions onto your foundation.
Simplify access and identity management
Hybrid Identity solutions from Microsoft help solve the challenges of secure, seamless access to all your company resources—wherever employees are. It also lays the groundwork for an infrastructure that works across your office and the cloud.
And if you’re using Microsoft 365, you already have Azure Active Directory.
Creating and managing user identities can be complicated. Businesses need to give their users productive working environments, without sacrificing security. They also need to enable remote work scenarios where employees, vendors, and partners can access internal apps and those in the cloud. That’s where Hybrid Identity can help.
Azure Hybrid Identity solutions give you all the tools you need to ensure your people can access internal or cloud apps and data—while you get a single, secure platform that’s easy to manage.
Connect your on-premises networks to Azure in a similar way that you set up and connect to a remote branch office.
Protect your business with a universal platform that manages and secures identities across platforms.
Azure Active Directory
Single sign-on, including integrated cloud apps
Automated user provisiong
Self-service password reset
Site-to-site VPN to connect your data center to Azure
Point-to-point VPN to connect from anywhere
Securely connect across resources by enabling secure remote access to on-premises and cloud resources from almost anywhere.
Hybrid solutions that run in the cloud, but can connect to on-premises data sources with ease
Effortless scalability for when you need it
Centralized control that reduces the cost and complexity of managing hardware/software
More flexible options for network routing structure and configuration
With Azure Active Directory, you can create and manage all user identities across your entire business securely from a single location. Your users get secure, single sign-on to all their resources, whether apps are on-premises or in the cloud.
Hybrid Identity solutions make it easier for employees, partners, vendors and customers to use the apps and data they need from any location. It starts with single sign-on. Then you can extend the solution with VPN Gateway and Azure Networks to create truly hybrid solutions—like connecting to your existing data centers or linking together different offices.
With Hybrid Identity solutions, you’ll get the security you need with multi-factor authentication and role-based access. Perfect for hybrid environments, it’s all based on Microsoft security best practices.
Connect your workforce
Safeguard business information
When you use Azure services for your identity management, here's what you'll get:
Hybrid Identity solutions position you for success.
of data breaches can be traced
back to weak passwords.
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There are three key reasons to embrace a hybrid networking model:
Use Case 2:
Azure Virtual Network enables Azure resources, such as VMs, web apps and databases, to communicate with each other, with users on the internet and with your on-premises client computers. Think of an Azure Virtual Network as an extension of your on-premises network with resources that link other Azure resources.
Azure Virtual Network
Azure VPN Gateway and Azure ExpressRoute
Azure VPN Gateway instances are deployed in a dedicated subnet of the virtual network and enable the following connectivity:
Azure Hybrid Networking is a great place to start to prepare your infrastructure for the cloud while securely connecting branch offices and remote users to on-premises resources.
Stronger safeguards. To work remotely with confidence, organizations require secure connections to cloud and on-premise resources.
Better performance. Slow load times and network latency during peak usage can hinder SaaS application performance.
Flexible infrastructure. Today’s businesses need cloud services to work remotely, support growth, and keep up with fluctuating business needs.
Hybrid Networking with Azure connects on-premises, Azure, and multi-cloud resources, enabling you to manage your entire network using centralized access and routing policies. Organizations can:
Build and control a hybrid infrastructure.
Extend your data center to the cloud.
Enhance security and isolation for applications.
Ensure that traffic stays on a secure global network.
Isolation and segmentation
Communicate between Azure resources
Communicate with on-premises resources
Route network traffic
Filter network traffic
Connect virtual networks
Azure Virtual Network provides the following key networking capabilities:
Connect on-premises data centers to virtual networks through a site-to-site connection.
Connect individual devices to virtual networks through a point-to-site connection.
Connect virtual networks to other virtual networks through a network-to-network connection.
ExpressRoute extends your on-premises network into the Microsoft cloud over a private connection with the help of a connectivity provider. Connectivity can be from an any-to-any (IP VPN) network, a point-to-point Ethernet network or a virtual cross-connection through a connectivity provider at a colocation facility. ExpressRoute connections don’t go over the public Internet, which allows brings more reliability, faster speeds, consistent latencies and higher security than typical connections over the Internet.
As you implement Hybrid Networking, here's what you'll get.
is the expected growth rate (CAGR) for Global Public Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-service from 2020-2024.
Use Case 3:
Keeping data backed up is critical for any business. So is being able to recover data in case of disaster, breach, or employee error. Today, many small- to medium-sized companies are still using on-premise backup solutions, which can be time-consuming to manage, costly to update—and still prone to error.
Azure Resilient Infrastructure solutions provide simple, secure back up and restore capabilities for all your data—whether it’s files, folders and disks or virtual machines and databases.
Resilient Infrastructure solutions are an ideal way to start using Azure—and they provide benefits you’ll be able to see almost immediately. For instance, other companies have seen a 47% savings in the first year alone. (IDC)
Best yet, it’s a straightforward process. Sign up for Azure Backup and try it out. Start as small as you want. As you get more comfortable, back up more of your information. And when you’re ready, just sign up for Azure Site Recovery to get a complete solution.
Resilient Infrastructure with Azure backup is a compelling next workload. Reduce your on-premise footprint, cut costs and optimize IT resources by moving backup servers to Azure.
Control infrastructure costs
When you move to Resilient Infrastructure solutions in the cloud, you can reduce your infrastructure costs. For instance, you can eliminate tape storage and redundant servers. You’ll also be able to streamline your add-on disaster recovery solutions.
Simplify backup and restore
Resilient Infrastructure solutions can dramatically streamline how you protect your data, how you store it—and how you get it back. You’ll get a single solution that works across all your workloads, simple ways to define backup and restore policies, and a more flexible infrastructure that reduces your physical footprint.
Improve resilience and security
Resilient Infrastructure solutions help safeguard your data and workloads against unplanned downtime. Start with Azure Backup for one-click automatic backups to the cloud. Then add Azure Site Recovery and get the ability to restore all your data easily in case something happens.
Help your business stay up and running— even during major outages or faced with threats.
A disaster recovery as a service that helps ensure business continuity by keeping business apps and workloads running during outages
One-click restore for all your Azure Backup data and workloads
Dependable recovery, compliant with industry regulations
Get a secure, one-click backup solution that is simple to set up and tailored to your particular storage needs.
Backup for all structured and unstructured data: files, folders, disks, VMs, and databases
Centralized monitoring and management
Automated storage management, so you only pay for what you use
Azure Site Recovery
When you use Azure services for data backup and disaster recovery, here's what you'll get:
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of traditional backups fail, leaving data unprotected.
Veeam Data Protection Report 2021
Use Case 4:
Small and medium-sized companies are turning to the cloud to run key aspects of their businesses, like applications and databases. Moving these workloads into the cloud—or running them in hybrid environments—can take a real burden off managing them in-house. And Azure IaaS can help streamline the entire process.
Azure solutions for infrastructure enable you to shift business operations to the cloud at your own pace, giving you the ability to transform how you approach computing, storage, networking, security, management, and virtual desktops.
When you start using Azure to start running your company’s IT infrastructure in the cloud, here’s what you’ll get:
It’s no surprise so many are choosing IaaS when they don’t have to buy or manage hardware and software and they can focus more on their businesses.
Azure solutions are specifically designed to streamline the process. For instance, you can get started with just one or two workloads to test the waters. Then add more as it makes sense. Through it all, you’ll get detailed assessments, tools, and guidance.
The ROI achieved by companies that migrate on-premises operations to the cloud.
Once you have established a strong hybrid foundation, it may be time to look at some advanced workloads, like Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
Azure IaaS helps you modernize your infrastructure.
Get up and running smoothly
When you use Azure, you can streamline the process of creating virtual machines to run any kind of application, web app or database. Then get guided help in moving those workloads to the cloud, without any interruption in service. And because Azure facilitates a phased approach by helping track your migration progress, it’s a simpler, more flexible way to shift your business into the cloud.
Save operational and energy costs
Infrastructure solutions from Azure can help you save money. Just moving into the Azure cloud can help reduce costs on everything from hardware, software, energy, and maintenance. Shifting from a CapEx model to an OpEx one can remove budget constraints. Plus, you can free IT staff or vendors to focus on more important projects.
Increase agility and IT efficiency
A modern cloud-based infrastructure based on Azure can help you focus more on your business and less on managing your technology. You don’t have to buy more hardware; instead, just add capacity when you need it. Azure also helps you run your apps where you wish and gives you access to new technologies, like advanced analytics and AI.
-Forrester TEI of Microsoft Azure IaaS Report
Discover, assess, right-size and migrate your on-premises VMs to Azure.
A centralized hub that simplifies moving workloads into the cloud, at your pace
Tools that help you assess workloads before migration, then streamline moving them
Rich support and guidance for common workloads: servers, data, databases, web apps and virtual desktops
Create Linux and Windows virtual machines (VMs) in seconds, while helping to reduce costs.
Fast, simple creation of VMs— or virtual computers within computers--so you can add computing power when you need
Ability to scale without adding expensive hardware
Cost-effective pricing that is based on what you use
Support for any Linux and Windows apps, SQL databases, and more
Azure Virtual Machines
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The pandemic dramatically redefined how and where people work. And there’s no going back; remote work is here to stay. However, not every employee needs a company-issued laptop to be productive, yet those laptops can make a company’s network less secure. And the more remote your employees are—or if you have seasonal workers—the harder it can be to balance productivity with cost and security.
Use Case 5:
Azure Virtual Desktop
Once you have established a strong hybrid foundation, it may be time to look at some advanced solutions, like Azure Virtual Desktop.
Power your workforce with Azure Virtual Desktop
Azure Virtual Desktop, formerly known as Windows Virtual Desktop, gives remote employees the tools they need to do their jobs by securely delivering Windows 10 or Windows 11 virtual desktops and applications to any approved device.
Azure Virtual Desktop is a great way to provide a consistent and secure desktop experience for remote workers across their Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android devices. You can also use it in a wide variety of other scenarios, such as onboarding seasonal workers and temp hires, or giving employees that share desks the ability to use the same device. Across it all, you’ll be able to deliver:
One of the beauties of Azure Virtual Desktop is that it gives people the same experience they get on a local device, only in a virtualized one. That means your users have the same Windows experience, the same Microsoft Office experience—and even the same Microsoft Teams experience.
When you use Azure Virtual Desktop, you can enable productive work environments for employees without sacrificing control or budget. With just a few clicks, you can provide and manage custom desktop environments that run in the cloud. That means you can eliminate the hardware costs of purchasing individual laptops and the labor costs associated with customizing them.
Azure Virtual Desktop is a great way to meet the demands of a remote or changing workforce because it helps protect your business and data, while giving employees secure access to consistent working environments over a wide variety of devices. It’s fast and simple to set up and includes a wide variety of security controls.
Enable secure remote work
Manage work environments cost-effectively
Empower people with a great user experience
Azure Virtual Desktop: the perfect balance of productivity, security and cost.
Get started with Azure Virtual Desktop
Azure Virtual Desktop is a great solution for businesses that need to quickly, cost-effectively, and securely deploy productive working environments for employees.
It’s also easy to get started. In fact, if you’re using Microsoft 365, you already have the licenses you need.
A familiar Windows environment
Seamless integration with Office apps
Built-in intelligent security
Simplified deployment directly from the Azure portal
Use Case 6: Azure Security
Once you have established a strong hybrid foundation, it may be time to look at some advanced solutions, like Azure Security Center.
Improve security and compliance
Security in the cloud requires security that’s built for the cloud. That’s where Azure Security Solutions can really help. Backed by Microsoft threat intelligence, you’ll get robust protection that works across your entire infrastructure.
Getting started is simple. We recommend you begin with Defender for Cloud and go from there.
Small- and medium-sized companies are increasingly concerned about security. It’s no surprise: the past year has seen a dramatic rise in remote work, which gives attackers more opportunities to damage data, networks, and identities.
A cloud-native, next generation firewall to protect your Azure Virtual Network resources.
Understand your current security situation and get recommendations to improve it.
Microsoft Defender for Cloud
Azure DDoS Protection
A single portal to view and manage security and compliance
A generated Secure Score to understand the security and health of your systems
Detailed recommendations on how to improve your security
A scalable and highly available firewall-as-a-service
Threat intelligence-based filtering with near real-time alerts
Intrusion detection and prevention to continuously monitor and block malicious activities
Protect your applications from Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
Turnkey defense for always-on traffic monitoring and automatic mitigation
Adaptive tuning to learn application traffic patterns over time
Multi-layered protection and detailed attack analytic reporting
Azure Security Solutions offer robust protection that helps secure your cloud and on-premises resources against malware, viruses, and DDoS attacks. You’ll get the ability to continually assess how secure and compliant your business is—along with the ability to easily make adjustments and fix issues.
With Azure Security Solutions, you can help safeguard all resources, whether they’re servers, storage, databases, networks, applications, or firewalls. These solutions are all backed by Microsoft threat intelligence, so they work together seamlessly. And because they’re Azure-native and highly scalable, you can easily extend services as you need them.
Azure Security Solutions make it simpler to manage security across your organization. You’ll get a single portal, where you can centralize security policies and easily extend security to connected cloud resources. And advanced AI and automation are built in, so you can more quickly identify threats.
Simplify security management
Azure Security Solutions deliver next-generation security.
Here's how to get started with Azure security:
Put strong security foundations in place today.
The average cost of a data breach for a small-to-medium-sized company.
When you choose Azure Security Solutions, you can start protecting your cloud and hybrid environments immediately, while setting the foundation for a solution that can be easily expanded.
Advanced protection begins with Aure Security Solutions
Get protection across your business
Migrating to the cloud can get complicated quickly. What workloads should you move to the cloud first? What infrastructure needs to remain on-premises? And which additional offerings can help you gain the competitive edge you’re looking for?
Even the most capable IT teams can’t always answer these questions, nor do they have the bandwidth to research their options and perform the implementation.
With our hands-on Microsoft experience, OneNeck is the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) with practical answers to the important questions you are asking. But it goes beyond just our technical know-how. As OneNeck cloud expert Scott Morley puts it...
“OneNeck’s CSP story is OneNeck’s story. It’s not any different than anything else that we bring to the market, because our value is the relationships that we build, the knowledge that we have and the experience that we bring. It really is about being hyper customer focused and not just widget focused. We don’t just say it, we live ‘we got your back’ in everything we do.”
So, don’t go it alone. Now’s the time to accelerate your cloud journey, and our team is here to help you get started with Microsoft Azure and beyond.