What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through a global network of datacenters. Syvantis utilizes the Microsoft Azure platform to develop cloud solutions for Microsoft Dynamics products and Office 365.

Microsoft Azure is available in 140 countries and is backed by Microsoft's $15 billion investment in datacenter infrastructure. Azure delivers a 99.95% monthly SLA, automatic operating system and service patching, built-in network load balancing, and resiliency to hardware failure. This makes hosting your vital business software on Azure safer, faster, more redundant, more scalable, and more affordable than hosting on your own servers.

Reduce IT spending with Microsoft Azure

A local datacenter takes valuable time, money, and energy to maintain properly. Ditch on-premises hardware by leveraging Microsoft’s massive Azure server architecture. Reduce IT spending by sharing costs with millions of other users.

With the scalability of the Azure Cloud, adapting your system to organizational growth and contraction is quick and more cost-effective than trying to make the same changes to your own datacenter. Forget time-consuming and costly deployment – with Microsoft Azure you can focus on using your system’s functionality, rather than on the infrastructure it is installed on.


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Improve security with Azure hosting

Establishing and maintaining adequate IT security practices requires time, training, and resources. Hosting on Microsoft Azure takes the complexity out of planning for data security.

Azure Active Directory and multi-factor authentication options, deployed for Microsoft Dynamics products and Office 365, ensure that only authorized users gain access to your systems. Gain peace of mind with Azure's industry-standard data encryption protocols and threat protection services.

Azure's state-of-the-art security measures, including perimeter fencing, video cameras, security personnel, secure entrances, and real-time communications networks ensure that your data has Fort Knox-level protection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is "the cloud?"

Cloud computing, in simple terms, refers to the delivery of data and computer applications over the internet. Unlike local (or on-premises) systems, cloud information is stored on servers in datacenters at an external location and users access it remotely, using the internet. Hosting data "on the cloud" has steadily increased in popularity in the past decade and the cloud services market is projected to grow to at least $383.4 billion by 2020, according to Gartner.

 

Where is my data stored?

Each of Microsoft's cloud services has specific data residency and transfer policies. Below, you will find a breakdown (by product) of where you may choose to store your system data. It's important to note that regardless of where your data is stored, your users will be able to access your system from anywhere, using their secure login.

For Microsoft Dynamics products, customers may specify the region or datacenter where their customer data will be stored. Microsoft may replicate data to other regions but generally will not replicate to regions outside of your country of choice. Exceptions include Brazil, where data may be replicated to the South Central US region for disaster recovery purposes. Australia and India regions are only available to customers with a business presence in those countries.

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP: Your data is stored in one of the East Coast datacenters and is replicated to an West Coast datacenter for disaster recovery purposes. If you would like to request that your data be stored at another datacenter, we can do so using a dedicated environment for an additional fee.
  • Office 365: Applications for Microsoft Office 365 are stored throughout the world. Data for different Office 365 apps may be stored in separate datacenters and regions, but all are generally stored in the same geo (Azure geographical locations). For example, if your Office 365 subscription is in the North American geo, Exchange Online may be stored at the Des Moines, IA datacenter while Sway and Planner data are stored in San Jose, CA. Read more

How does data redundancy work?

"Data redundancy" refers to the practice of replicating the data that you house in one location to a second location for the purpose of disaster recovery. In the event that something should happen to the first datacenter, your data will be recoverable using the second datacenter.

For example, if your system is stored on the West Coast and the area was compromised because of an earthquake or other natural disaster, you could recover the data using its backup, which might be stored in a Central datacenter.

This redundancy is one reason why many companies are choosing to move their applications to the cloud. When you store information in an on-premises environment, you likely will not have these recovery options.

 

Who owns my data?

You own your data. Should you decide to terminate any agreements that you have with Syvantis, we will provide you with the assistance necessary to transfer the hosting of your application and its related data to your own servers or to another service provider.

 

What is your uptime guarantee?

Microsoft's Dynamics and Office 365 products on Azure are governed by Microsoft's Azure SLA (Service Level Agreement), which generally provides for 99.9% uptime. You can review Microsoft's Azure SLAs here.

 

Are your services compliant with governmental regulations?

Syvantis complies with leading data protection and privacy laws. We are committed to maintaining the integrity of your intellectual property and data. Our solutions are compliant as follows:

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP: Dynamics GP offers auditing, approval processes, and other compliance features to meet your regulatory needs. If your organization requires specific compliance functionality, we will design your system to include it.
  • Office 365: Microsoft Office 365 complies with industry standard regulations. Specific industry compliance is dependent upon the licensing packages that you choose. If you would like assistance selecting the right software to meet your regulatory needs, we are happy to assist you.