There is no denying it Servent are a tech company, and as much as we like talking tech, all day every day, we know it can be a bit much for people to take in. Especially as the Microsoft Cloud Platform covers a wide range of customer scenarios, and has a lot of moving parts, as you will see below.

Innovation is at the forefront of our minds, and we do more than just spin up VMs in the cloud, as that’s really just virtualisation. Instead we always try to redesign your workloads, where possible, allowing you to take advantage of all that the Microsoft Cloud has to offer. We do this with one aim, to make your business more agile whilst getting all the benefits that moving to cloud can offer.

There is no denying it Servent are a tech company, and as much as we like talking tech, all day every day, we know it can be a bit much for people to take in. Especially as the Microsoft Cloud Platform covers a wide range of customer scenarios, and has a lot of moving parts, as you will see below.

Innovation is at the forefront of our minds, and we do more than just spin up VMs in the cloud, as that’s really just virtualisation. Instead we always try to redesign your workloads, where possible, allowing you to take advantage of all that the Microsoft Cloud has to offer. We do this with one aim, to make your business more agile whilst getting all the benefits that moving to cloud can offer.

Microsoft Azure is a hyperscale public cloud platform that runs on a worldwide network of Microsoft-managed data centres across 30 regions. It is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, scale and manage applications across this global network of Microsoft datacenters. You can build applications using multiple languages, tools and frameworks.

Compute

As well as deploying traditional virtual machines, you can also create web and mobile app for any platform or any device, or Use Docker-based tools to deploy and manage containers as well as process events with serverless code. Build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed applications based on micro-services.

Networking

Provision private networks, and optionally connect to on-premises data centres by establishing secure, cross-premises connectivity. Deliver high availability and network performance to your applications whilst routing incoming traffic for high performance and availability. Not to mention load balancing with built-in HTTP load balancing.

Storage

Durable, highly available and massively scalable cloud storage that can be REST-based object storage for unstructured data. Effectively scale apps according to traffic and use File shares that use the standard SMB 3.0 protocol. Low-latency and high-throughput storage using SSD fast disk.

Web & Mobile

Quickly create and deploy mission-critical web apps at scale and build and host the back-end for any mobile app. Automate the access and use of data across clouds without writing code and easily build and consume cloud APIs. Encode, store and stream video and audio at scale or use a fully managed search-as-a-service.

Databases

Offers managed relational SQL Database-as-a-service and elastic data warehouse-as-a-service with enterprise-class features. You can dynamically stretch on-premises SQL Server databases to Azure or provide high-throughput, low-latency data access to build fast and scalable applications. Use Managed NoSQL document database-as-a-service while orchestrating and managing data transformation and movement.

Intelligence & Analytics

Hyper-scale repository for big data analytics workloads and a proven analytics engine. Orchestrate and manage data transformation and movement and use data source discovery to get more value from existing enterprise data. Collect, search and visualise machine data from on-premises and cloud or run Apache Spark in the cloud for mission-critical deployments. Distributed analytics service that makes big data easy or provision cloud Hadoop, Spark, R Server, HBase and Storm clusters.

Internet of Things

Connect, monitor and control billions of IoT assets and receive telemetry from millions of devices whilst getting real-time data stream processing from millions of IoT devices. Use powerful cloud-based predictive analytics tool to enable predictive maintenance and make use of a scalable push-notification engine for quickly sending millions of messages.

Enterprise Integration

Automate the access and use of data across clouds without writing code and seamlessly integrate the enterprise and the cloud. Connect across private and public cloud environments while publishing APIs to developers, partners and employees securely and at scale. Hybrid cloud storage for enterprises, reduces costs and improves data security but you can also dynamically stretch on-premises SQL Server databases to Azure.

Security & Identity

Prevent, detect and respond to threats with increased visibility as well as safeguard and maintain control of keys and other secrets. Synchronise on-premises directories and enable single sign-on and provide consumer identity and access management in the cloud. Join Azure virtual machines to a domain without domain controllers and safeguard access to your data and apps with an extra level of multi-factor authentication.

Developer Tools

Services for teams to share code, track work and ship software and quickly create environments using reusable templates and artifacts. Detect, triage and diagnose issues in your web apps and services while gaining insights. Deploy mobile apps, collect feedback and crash reports, and monitor usage.

Monitoring & Management

Build, manage and monitor all Azure products in a single, unified console and use your personalised Azure best practices recommendation engine. Collect, search and visualise machine data from on-premises and cloud plus simplify cloud management with process automation. Simple and reliable server backup to the cloud and orchestrate protection and recovery of private clouds. Highly granular and real-time monitoring data for any Azure resources.

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Microsoft System Center delivers a unified experience of management across on-premises, service providers, and Microsoft Azure environments. It includes critical aspects of infrastructure management and DevOps for resource provisioning, configuration, monitoring, automation, service management, endpoint protection, and backup and recovery. With consistent and unified management, System Center helps in transforming your datacenter into modern IT.

Configuration Management

Deploy software, protect data, monitor health, and enforce compliance across devices, including support for the latest Windows 10 features. Frequent updates, enhanced integration with Microsoft Intune, and a unified end-user portal make it easier to manage your endpoints.

Virtual Machine Management

Deploy and manage your virtualised, software-defined datacenter with a comprehensive solution for networking, storage, compute, and security. You can easily manage Windows 2016 capabilities, including Nano servers, shielded VMs, hyper-converged clusters, and more.

Orchestration

Automate your datacenter tasks with Orchestrator or Service Management Automation. Create and execute runbooks using native PowerShell scripts and workflows inside Windows Azure Pack or PowerShell ISE.

Operations Management

Monitor health, capacity, and usage across applications, workloads and infrastructure, including Azure and Office 365. Benefit from broader support for Linux environments, improved monitoring with management pack discover-ability, data-driven alert management, and integration with Operations Management Suite for rich analytics and insights.

Data Protection Management

Protect your private cloud deployments, applications, and clients with ease. Protect VMs that use Windows Server 2016 capabilities, such as Shielded VMs and Storage Spaces Direct. Replace tapes with cloud backup through native integration with Operations Management Suite.

Service Management

Use built-in processes and automation for incident resolution, change control, and service requests. Increase efficiency with improved workflows, performance enhancements, and a user-friendly self-service portal.

Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is Microsoft’s cloud-based IT management solution that helps you manage and protect your on-premises and cloud infrastructure. Since OMS is implemented as a cloud-based service, you can have it up and running quickly with minimal investment in infrastructure services. New features are delivered automatically, saving you ongoing maintenance and upgrade costs.

Insight & Analytics

Separate the signal from the noise. Collect, correlate and act on log data from multiple systems in a single view. Map and understand the dependencies of workloads and applications, and address incidents quickly with flexible search, and custom alerts.

Security & Compliance

Prevent, detect, and respond to threats with increased visibility. Take control of cloud security by defining policies that recommend and monitor security configurations. Leverage Microsoft security data and analysis to perform more intelligent and effective threat detection.

Automation & Control

Deliver continuous IT services and manage rapid change across heterogeneous environments. Take control of your environment by remediating operational issues, so you get time back to focus on work that adds business value. Keep service levels high and mitigate risk to enable a consistent enterprise. Transform complex and repetitive tasks with IT automation.

Protection & Recovery

Integrated cloud backup and disaster recovery provide a simple and cost-effective solution to protect enterprise applications and data irrespective of its location. Automate the orderly recovery of services in the event of a site outage at the primary datacenter. Reduce cost and increase compliance with efficient and flexible online cloud backup and recovery services.

Microsoft Azure StorSimple is an efficient, cost-effective, and manageable solution that eliminates many of the issues and expense associated with enterprise storage and data protection. It uses a proprietary device and integrated management tools to provide a seamless view of all enterprise storage, including cloud storage.

STORSIMPLE APPLIANCE

Take a better approach to enterprise storage. Bringing solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs) together with cloud storage, StorSimple 8000 series hybrid arrays take advantage of economical cloud storage for inactive data while keeping your most mission-critical data on-premises for the highest levels of performance. When paired with Microsoft Azure, StorSimple delivers massive scaling of storage infrastructure, preventing constant storage sprawl and optimising total enterprise storage efficiency and costs.

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STORSIMPLE VIRTUAL ARRAY

This is a version of the StorSimple solution in a virtual machine form installed in a customer’s remote or branch office. This provides a cost-effective, lightweight solution for smaller enterprise environments while still delivering the fundamental value of the StorSimple Hybrid Cloud Storage solution. The StorSimple Virtual Array can be installed on a virtual machine configured on a Hyper-V or VMware hypervisor. The StorSimple Virtual Array can be configurable as a NAS (using SMB) or a SAN (using iSCSI) device.

Azure Stack extends the Azure vision by bringing the cloud model of computing to every datacenter. Azure Stack is a new hybrid cloud platform product that enables organisations to deliver Azure services from their own datacenter in a way that is consistent with Azure. In this way customers can focus on business innovation rather than spend time building their own cloud computing platform.

Azure Services

Organisations can create these Azure services from datacenter resources – enabling developers and IT professionals to quickly provision and scale services using the same self-service experience found in Azure. The product also allows IT organisations to leverage the same management and automation tools used with Azure to customise the service delivery experience to the business units they serve.

Microsoft Intune provides mobile device management, mobile application management, and PC management capabilities from the cloud. Using Intune, organisations can provide their employees with access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device, while helping to keep corporate information secure.

Mobile Device Management

With the increasing volume and diversity of corporate and personal devices being used in organisations today, a growing challenge for IT departments is keeping corporate information secure. Intune helps minimise complexity by offering mobile device management through the cloud with integrated data protection and compliance capabilities.

Mobile Application Management

Employees are demanding access to corporate applications, data, and resources from their mobile devices. Intune addresses this challenge by building manageability and data protection directly into the Office mobile apps your employees are most familiar with. Intune also provides the flexibility to extend these capabilities to existing line-of-business apps and to enable secure viewing of content using the Managed Browser, PDF Viewer, AV Player, and Image Viewer apps.

PC Managment

As the number of device types allowed in corporate environments grows, management becomes more challenging. Intune provides a comprehensive management solution through a single administrative console that allows you to manage across a variety of devices, including PCs and laptops.

‘Secure Azure’ from Servent is completely built around protecting our customers workloads in the cloud. With ‘Secure Azure’ we provide solutions to ensure that when workloads are migrated to the cloud that they will remain secure, will comply with privacy standards, and shall meet the highest industry security compliance requirements too. We help our customers understand the ‘shared security responsibility’ model and develop Azure solutions which will always ensure that our customers identity, infrastructure, applications & data remain entirely secure.


Click Secure Azure to find out more about our service and how we can help enhance your cloud security posture.

Secured Identity

Identity is widely considered the new boundary for cloud security, displacing the traditional network-centric view. As a result of this shift, ‘Secure Azure’ offers: identity management, multi-factor authentication, role-based access controls and much more. ‘Secure Azure’ will also provide security insights as well as monitoring and alerting of suspicious or unfamiliar activities.

Secured Infrastructure

A common misunderstanding is that by moving workloads to the cloud securing the infrastructure then becomes the responsibility of the cloud solution provider. This is wrong. As part of ‘Secure Azure’ we secure our customers infrastructure by utilising both the inherent capabilities of the Azure cloud platform as well as third party solutions.

SECURED APPLICATIONS & DATA

We understand the importance of our customers applications and data. Both are core to any business. With that in mind, ‘Secure Azure’ offers a number of Azure solutions in this space, which offer: high-availability of applications, safeguarding of cryptographic keys, backup and disaster recovery, encryption, application monitoring and alerting, and much more.

+ Azure

Microsoft Azure is a hyperscale public cloud platform that runs on a worldwide network of Microsoft-managed data centres across 30 regions. It is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, scale and manage applications across this global network of Microsoft datacenters. You can build applications using multiple languages, tools and frameworks.

Compute

As well as deploying traditional virtual machines, you can also create web and mobile app for any platform or any device, or Use Docker-based tools to deploy and manage containers as well as process events with serverless code. Build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed applications based on micro-services.

Networking

Provision private networks, and optionally connect to on-premises data centres by establishing secure, cross-premises connectivity. Deliver high availability and network performance to your applications whilst routing incoming traffic for high performance and availability. Not to mention load balancing with built-in HTTP load balancing.

Storage

Durable, highly available and massively scalable cloud storage that can be REST-based object storage for unstructured data. Effectively scale apps according to traffic and use File shares that use the standard SMB 3.0 protocol. Low-latency and high-throughput storage using SSD fast disk.

Web & Mobile

Quickly create and deploy mission-critical web apps at scale and build and host the back-end for any mobile app. Automate the access and use of data across clouds without writing code and easily build and consume cloud APIs. Encode, store and stream video and audio at scale or use a fully managed search-as-a-service.

Databases

Offers managed relational SQL Database-as-a-service and elastic data warehouse-as-a-service with enterprise-class features. You can dynamically stretch on-premises SQL Server databases to Azure or provide high-throughput, low-latency data access to build fast and scalable applications. Use Managed NoSQL document database-as-a-service while orchestrating and managing data transformation and movement.

Intelligence & Analytics

Hyper-scale repository for big data analytics workloads and a proven analytics engine. Orchestrate and manage data transformation and movement and use data source discovery to get more value from existing enterprise data. Collect, search and visualise machine data from on-premises and cloud or run Apache Spark in the cloud for mission-critical deployments. Distributed analytics service that makes big data easy or provision cloud Hadoop, Spark, R Server, HBase and Storm clusters.

Internet of Things

Connect, monitor and control billions of IoT assets and receive telemetry from millions of devices whilst getting real-time data stream processing from millions of IoT devices. Use powerful cloud-based predictive analytics tool to enable predictive maintenance and make use of a scalable push-notification engine for quickly sending millions of messages.

Enterprise Integration

Automate the access and use of data across clouds without writing code and seamlessly integrate the enterprise and the cloud. Connect across private and public cloud environments while publishing APIs to developers, partners and employees securely and at scale. Hybrid cloud storage for enterprises, reduces costs and improves data security but you can also dynamically stretch on-premises SQL Server databases to Azure.

Security & Identity

Prevent, detect and respond to threats with increased visibility as well as safeguard and maintain control of keys and other secrets. Synchronise on-premises directories and enable single sign-on and provide consumer identity and access management in the cloud. Join Azure virtual machines to a domain without domain controllers and safeguard access to your data and apps with an extra level of multi-factor authentication.

Developer Tools

Services for teams to share code, track work and ship software and quickly create environments using reusable templates and artifacts. Detect, triage and diagnose issues in your web apps and services while gaining insights. Deploy mobile apps, collect feedback and crash reports, and monitor usage.

Monitoring & Management

Build, manage and monitor all Azure products in a single, unified console and use your personalised Azure best practices recommendation engine. Collect, search and visualise machine data from on-premises and cloud plus simplify cloud management with process automation. Simple and reliable server backup to the cloud and orchestrate protection and recovery of private clouds. Highly granular and real-time monitoring data for any Azure resources.

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+ System Center

Microsoft System Center delivers a unified experience of management across on-premises, service providers, and Microsoft Azure environments. It includes critical aspects of infrastructure management and DevOps for resource provisioning, configuration, monitoring, automation, service management, endpoint protection, and backup and recovery. With consistent and unified management, System Center helps in transforming your datacenter into modern IT.

Configuration Management

Deploy software, protect data, monitor health, and enforce compliance across devices, including support for the latest Windows 10 features. Frequent updates, enhanced integration with Microsoft Intune, and a unified end-user portal make it easier to manage your endpoints.

Virtual Machine Management

Deploy and manage your virtualised, software-defined datacenter with a comprehensive solution for networking, storage, compute, and security. You can easily manage Windows 2016 capabilities, including Nano servers, shielded VMs, hyper-converged clusters, and more.

Orchestration

Automate your datacenter tasks with Orchestrator or Service Management Automation. Create and execute runbooks using native PowerShell scripts and workflows inside Windows Azure Pack or PowerShell ISE.

Operations Management

Monitor health, capacity, and usage across applications, workloads and infrastructure, including Azure and Office 365. Benefit from broader support for Linux environments, improved monitoring with management pack discover-ability, data-driven alert management, and integration with Operations Management Suite for rich analytics and insights.

Data Protection Management

Protect your private cloud deployments, applications, and clients with ease. Protect VMs that use Windows Server 2016 capabilities, such as Shielded VMs and Storage Spaces Direct. Replace tapes with cloud backup through native integration with Operations Management Suite.

Service Management

Use built-in processes and automation for incident resolution, change control, and service requests. Increase efficiency with improved workflows, performance enhancements, and a user-friendly self-service portal.

+ OMS

Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is Microsoft’s cloud-based IT management solution that helps you manage and protect your on-premises and cloud infrastructure. Since OMS is implemented as a cloud-based service, you can have it up and running quickly with minimal investment in infrastructure services. New features are delivered automatically, saving you ongoing maintenance and upgrade costs.

Insight & Analytics

Separate the signal from the noise. Collect, correlate and act on log data from multiple systems in a single view. Map and understand the dependencies of workloads and applications, and address incidents quickly with flexible search, and custom alerts.

Security & Compliance

Prevent, detect, and respond to threats with increased visibility. Take control of cloud security by defining policies that recommend and monitor security configurations. Leverage Microsoft security data and analysis to perform more intelligent and effective threat detection.

Automation & Control

Deliver continuous IT services and manage rapid change across heterogeneous environments. Take control of your environment by remediating operational issues, so you get time back to focus on work that adds business value. Keep service levels high and mitigate risk to enable a consistent enterprise. Transform complex and repetitive tasks with IT automation.

Protection & Recovery

Integrated cloud backup and disaster recovery provide a simple and cost-effective solution to protect enterprise applications and data irrespective of its location. Automate the orderly recovery of services in the event of a site outage at the primary datacenter. Reduce cost and increase compliance with efficient and flexible online cloud backup and recovery services.

+ StorSimple

Microsoft Azure StorSimple is an efficient, cost-effective, and manageable solution that eliminates many of the issues and expense associated with enterprise storage and data protection. It uses a proprietary device and integrated management tools to provide a seamless view of all enterprise storage, including cloud storage.

STORSIMPLE APPLIANCE

Take a better approach to enterprise storage. Bringing solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs) together with cloud storage, StorSimple 8000 series hybrid arrays take advantage of economical cloud storage for inactive data while keeping your most mission-critical data on-premises for the highest levels of performance. When paired with Microsoft Azure, StorSimple delivers massive scaling of storage infrastructure, preventing constant storage sprawl and optimising total enterprise storage efficiency and costs.

storsimple_appliance
storsimple_array

STORSIMPLE VIRTUAL ARRAY

This is a version of the StorSimple solution in a virtual machine form installed in a customer’s remote or branch office. This provides a cost-effective, lightweight solution for smaller enterprise environments while still delivering the fundamental value of the StorSimple Hybrid Cloud Storage solution. The StorSimple Virtual Array can be installed on a virtual machine configured on a Hyper-V or VMware hypervisor. The StorSimple Virtual Array can be configurable as a NAS (using SMB) or a SAN (using iSCSI) device.

+ Azure Stack

Azure Stack extends the Azure vision by bringing the cloud model of computing to every datacenter. Azure Stack is a new hybrid cloud platform product that enables organisations to deliver Azure services from their own datacenter in a way that is consistent with Azure. In this way customers can focus on business innovation rather than spend time building their own cloud computing platform.

Azure Services

Organisations can create these Azure services from datacenter resources – enabling developers and IT professionals to quickly provision and scale services using the same self-service experience found in Azure. The product also allows IT organisations to leverage the same management and automation tools used with Azure to customise the service delivery experience to the business units they serve.

+ Intune

Microsoft Intune provides mobile device management, mobile application management, and PC management capabilities from the cloud. Using Intune, organisations can provide their employees with access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device, while helping to keep corporate information secure.

Mobile Device Management

With the increasing volume and diversity of corporate and personal devices being used in organisations today, a growing challenge for IT departments is keeping corporate information secure. Intune helps minimise complexity by offering mobile device management through the cloud with integrated data protection and compliance capabilities.

Mobile Application Management

Employees are demanding access to corporate applications, data, and resources from their mobile devices. Intune addresses this challenge by building manageability and data protection directly into the Office mobile apps your employees are most familiar with. Intune also provides the flexibility to extend these capabilities to existing line-of-business apps and to enable secure viewing of content using the Managed Browser, PDF Viewer, AV Player, and Image Viewer apps.

PC Managment

As the number of device types allowed in corporate environments grows, management becomes more challenging. Intune provides a comprehensive management solution through a single administrative console that allows you to manage across a variety of devices, including PCs and laptops.

+ Secure Azure

‘Secure Azure’ from Servent is completely built around protecting our customers workloads in the cloud. With ‘Secure Azure’ we provide solutions to ensure that when workloads are migrated to the cloud that they will remain secure, will comply with privacy standards, and shall meet the highest industry security compliance requirements too. We help our customers understand the ‘shared security responsibility’ model and develop Azure solutions which will always ensure that our customers identity, infrastructure, applications & data remain entirely secure.


Click Secure Azure to find out more about our service and how we can help enhance your cloud security posture.

Secured Identity

Identity is widely considered the new boundary for cloud security, displacing the traditional network-centric view. As a result of this shift, ‘Secure Azure’ offers: identity management, multi-factor authentication, role-based access controls and much more. ‘Secure Azure’ will also provide security insights as well as monitoring and alerting of suspicious or unfamiliar activities.

Secured Infrastructure

A common misunderstanding is that by moving workloads to the cloud securing the infrastructure then becomes the responsibility of the cloud solution provider. This is wrong. As part of ‘Secure Azure’ we secure our customers infrastructure by utilising both the inherent capabilities of the Azure cloud platform as well as third party solutions.

SECURED APPLICATIONS & DATA

We understand the importance of our customers applications and data. Both are core to any business. With that in mind, ‘Secure Azure’ offers a number of Azure solutions in this space, which offer: high-availability of applications, safeguarding of cryptographic keys, backup and disaster recovery, encryption, application monitoring and alerting, and much more.