Spark innovation with Azure managed services for application and database hosting.
It is no secret that infrastructure management is an obstacle to digital transformation. When organizations self-host application systems - on-premises or co-located – time and money devoted to infrastructure acquisition, installation and maintenance at the expense of innovation.
The solution is to off-load all that responsibility to a vendor with so-called Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), managed services. With PaaS resources, your responsibility ends at the top of the stack – your applications and database.
As a PaaS pioneer serving a global corporate market, Microsoft has a robust PaaS ecosystem and SNP provides the know-how to architect production-grade solutions.
What is Azure App Service
In a typical Azure PaaS cloud solution architecture, the fundamental resource is Azure App Service.
Azure App Service is an HTTP-based service for hosting web applications, REST APIs, and mobile back ends. You can develop in your favorite language, be it .NET, .NET Core, Java, Ruby, Node.js, PHP, or Python. Applications run and scale with ease on both Windows and Linux-based environments. App Service is ideal for 1, 2, and 3-tier applications. In addition to the supported language runtimes you can also bring your own Linux or Windows container.
App Service not only adds the power of Microsoft Azure to your application, such as security, load balancing, autoscaling, and automated management. You can also take advantage of its DevOps capabilities, such as continuous deployment from Azure DevOps, GitHub, and other sources, package management, staging environments, custom domain, and TLS/SSL certificates.*
For 2 and 3-tier applications having a data and storage dependencies, Azure is equipped with managed database services for SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, as well as NoSQL and a variety of storage resources.
SNP Services for Azure PaaS
The Application Modernization Assessment provides a holistic approach to evaluate the Customer’s application estate with an in-depth identification and analysis of specific applications for migration to Azure. This engagement includes:
- Workshop to understand the application estate and its associated data.
- Guidance to rationalize the application estate using 6Rs methodology
- Modernization analysis of prioritized applications to map to complimentary Azure resources and evaluate their compatibility.
Cloud Solution Architecture
SNP designs an Azure cloud solution architecture for the application workload hosting including:
- Foundational "landing zone" resources for networking, security, identity and governance.
- Well-Architected Framework considerations: Performance Efficiency, Reliability, Security, Cost Optimization and Operational Excellence (DevOps)
- Azure resource right-sizing and usage estimation
In collaboration with our customer SNP creates a Migration Plan including user stories to describe the steps to roll out the cloud solution architecture. This can be in a Proof-of-Concept or Pilot capacity. The plan includes:
- Roles and responsibilities (SNP, Customer, Vendors)
- Customer’s approaches to test and validate the deployment
SNP works with our customer side-by-side to execute the Migration Plan. Once completed, SNP can take on Day-2 operations in a managed service capacity and continue with our deployment assistance as the Azure solutions is rolled-out company wide and/or across a customer base. DevOps practices applied for infrastructure management, automation and monitoring is a key component of this effort.