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10 reasons to use Azure for your cloud-based apps

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If you are looking for a web-based application to help manage personnel rotations and optimize your business, why not consider using Perseus by Proximity. While this list applies to using Azure in general, I would like to highlight how these benefits relate to our industry leading cloud-based scheduling and management application for projects and personnel, Perseus.

1. Platform as a Service

PaaS is a cloud computing model that delivers applications over the Internet.

Azure runs in major data centers at Microsoft which means that applications and data are located in these data centers. IT costs, infrastructure, operation and maintenance are a “necessary evil” but Azure minimizes the risk of local storage, local operation and local maintenance. All you need is internet access.

2. Scale as needed, pay after use

Azure ‘Pay-Per-Turn’ services can be quickly upgraded or scaled down as needed, so you only pay for what you spend almost down to the keystroke.

3. Authentication

For most of our customers, we set up an integration with Active Directory (AD) as well as Google and Microsoft. This way users do not have to enter their username or password when logged in to your corporate network and can also choose to logon with their Microsoft or Google accounts from anywhere.

This also means that the systems know who is online and can automatically log events and times in the system and track who has done what. This type of tracking is of course completely configurable.

In addition to this, user access is managed in the application by the client’s administrators, which assigns rights to roles in the applications.

4. Integrations

Your corporate IT solution is likely multifaceted, meaning there are a lot of moving parts. Maybe your company have several locations and you need a solution for shared access. Maybe you just want to share your data freely between people and departments. Our products can integrate with your existing systems and enable you to get the most out of your data.

5. Uptime

Microsoft guarantees uptime of 99.95%, in practice it is higher. All maintenance on server service, upgrades, patching, etc. will automatically be done in the background.

6. Availability

Our applications are web-based. This means that users only need an internet connection and browser. This means users can easily logon from the office, home, from a rig offshore in the North Sea or abroad.  The apps are available on a pc, laptop or mobile device such as am iPad or mobile phone allowing you to get work done wherever you are.

7. Document Storage

The Azure platform offers a very affordable method of storing documents. Much of today’s operational documents that are stored on file server locally are suitable for storing in a cloud instead. It becomes cheaper and the documents are made available over the Web.

8. Analytics

The Azure management tool provides powerful insights into application performance and use. Here Azure administrators can monitor the application’s state and usage, get a good overview of how many users are on the system, which pages are used a lot or a little, error monitoring and data management. All this helps the administrator to be proactive in relation to problem solving.

9. Implementing Application Upgrades

A valuable side of cloud solutions is the time it takes to upgrade software and add new functionality. The software solution is automatically available for all users, with no upgrades to be done on the end users machine. Simply refresh the browser.

This saves time and money during a new application deployment, as well as for every upgrade and testing.

Azure also supports running two VMs, one in the production slot and one in testing which allows for automatic rollback if the upgrade is not stable or needs tweaking.

10. Localization

The customer can choose which Azure installation software and data should run. According to Norwegian regulations, personal data, such as Perseus, will be stored within the EU / EEA area. Our primary servers run in Ireland, with backup to the Netherlands.

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