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Hyperscale on Microsoft Azure

Utilizing Azure enables your organization to realize all the benefits of a leading Public cloud environment. Through Microsoft’s native products, you can develop new solutions at an unmatched scale, thus delivering unique value and cutting-edge advantages.

Microsoft Azure is one the world’s leading Cloud providers. With more than 50 Regions worldwide, Azure’s footprint is easy to see. Azure’s Public Cloud services cover IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, delivering compute, storage, networking – alongside cutting-edge innovative services within the space of big data, AI, ML democratization of development through low-code or even no-code application development.

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Through Azure, these services can be made available for consumption in your organization within minutes. This offer of unprecedented scalability, elasticity, and developer enablement provides unlimited potential to reimagine your business and transform your organization to meet the opportunities of tomorrow.

Motivations for moving to the Cloud often entails elasticity, scalability, access to innovation, and digital transformation enablement. All these benefits require a proper technical setup – matched by the right governance to support the business. The objective, is to enable innovation and development, and at the same time remain in control of spend and compliance . This balance can be tricky, which is why using NNIT as a Cloud partner should be the preferred approach.

NNIT as a Cloud partner

By leveraging NNIT as a Cloud partner, you gain a partner that can meet you wherever you are: Whether you are considering Azure, have begun to move workloads, have limited on-premises footprint, or deliver all applications through pipelines in a fully automated IaC setup – we can help you find the proper balance.

NNIT has years of experience in strategic and technical advisory on Azure, delivering projects, and managing complex solutions or everyday operations of IaaS and PaaS components. No matter where you are on your Cloud journey and what your needs are, NNIT can meet and assist you.

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Utilize NNIT’s Azure services to embark or support your Cloud journey

  • Cloud Assessments: Need to develop a strategy for your Cloud projects – business or technical? Need to map the maturity of your organization towards adoption of Cloud technology and methodologies? Through these assessments, you can develop, sanity check, or advance on your current state.
  • Cloud Foundation: Get a platform that can be scaled, keeps administrative overhead to a minimum, and enables healthy operations of your workloads through this foundational service, build on Customer Experiences and Microsoft best-practices.
  • Cloud Managed Services: Utilize NNIT’s unique 24/7 global support organization to support your cloud environments and workloads.
  • Reach out to learn more about our services tying into our Cloud deliveries such as Cybersecurity, DevOps or Container services.

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An Azure region is a set of datacenters, deployed within a latency-defined perimeter and connected through a dedicated regional low-latency network.

With more global regions than any other cloud provider, Azure gives customers the flexibility to deploy applications where they need. An Azure region has discrete pricing and service availability.

Azure global infrastructure is made up of two key components—physical infrastructure and connective network components. The physical component is comprised of 160+ physical datacenters, arranged into regions, and linked by one of the largest interconnected networks on the planet.

With the connectivity of the global Azure network, each of the Azure datacenters provides high availability, low latency, scalability, and the latest advancements in cloud infrastructure—all running on the Azure platform.

Together, these components keep data entirely within the trusted Microsoft network and IP traffic never enters the public internet.

An Azure geography is a discrete market, typically containing at least one or more regions, that preserves data residency and compliance boundaries. Geographies allow customers with specific data-residency and compliance needs to keep their data and applications close. Geographies are fault-tolerant to withstand complete region failure through their connection to the dedicated high-capacity networking infrastructure of Azure.

Regional network gateways are massively parallel, hyperscale datacenter interconnects between datacenters within a region—without the need to network each individual datacenter to the others in a region.

This ensures that connection issues in one datacenter don’t cause issues for the wider region. This also allows the addition of new datacenters without the need to route direct network connections to each existing datacenter.

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- Azure Region Infrastructure
- Data residency for customer data
- Access to telemetry data
- How Microsoft protects data from unauthorized access
- Data retention and deletion
- Compliance

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Below you find a list of some of the compliance offerings Azure includes:

  • Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS): Any US state or local agency that wants to access the FBI's CJIS database is required to adhere to the CJIS Security Policy. Azure is the only major cloud provider that contractually commits to conformance with the CJIS Security Policy. The policy commits Microsoft to adhere to the same requirements that law enforcement and public safety entities must meet.
  • Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR Certification: Azure, Intune, and Microsoft Power BI have obtained STAR Certification, which involves a rigorous independent third-party assessment of a cloud provider's security posture. This STAR certification is based on achieving ISO/IEC 27001 certification and meeting criteria specified in the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM). This certification demonstrates that a cloud service provider:
    • Conforms to the applicable requirements of ISO/IEC 27001.
    • Has addressed issues critical to cloud security as outlined in the CCM.
    • Has been assessed against the STAR Capability Maturity Model for the management of activities in CCM control areas.
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets a new global standard for privacy rights, security, and compliance for the citizens and residents of the European Union (EU). The GDPR governs the handling and use of personal data of EU citizens and residents. Enforcement of the GDPR began May 25, 2018, and there are significant consequences for non-compliance. Read the GDPR section for a more detailed discussion of the GDPR.
  • EU Model Clauses: Microsoft offers customers EU Standard Contractual Clauses that provide contractual guarantees around transfers of personal data outside of the EU. Microsoft is the first company to receive approval from the EU's Article 29 Working Party that the contractual privacy protections Azure delivers to its enterprise cloud customers meet current EU standards for international transfers of data. This approval ensures that Azure customers can use Microsoft services to move data freely through Microsoft's cloud from Europe to the rest of the world.
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): HIPAA is a US federal law that regulates patient Protected Health Information (PHI). Azure offers customers a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA), stipulating adherence to certain security and privacy provisions in HIPAA and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. To assist customers in their individual compliance efforts, Microsoft offers a BAA to Azure customers as a contract addendum.
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 27018: Microsoft is the first cloud provider to have adopted the ISO/IEC 27018 code of practice, covering the processing of personal information by cloud service providers.
  • Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Singapore: After rigorous assessments conducted by the MTCS Certification Body, Microsoft cloud services received MTCS 584:2013 certification across all three service classifications:
    • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
    • Platform as a service (PaaS)
    • Software as a service (SaaS)

Microsoft was the first global cloud solution provider (CSP) to receive this certification across all three classifications. 

  • Service Organization Controls (SOC) 1, 2, and 3: Independent third-party auditors audit Microsoft-covered cloud services at least annually against the SOC report framework. The Microsoft cloud services audit covers controls for data security, availability, processing integrity, and confidentiality as applicable to in-scope trust principles for each service.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF): NIST CSF is a voluntary framework that consists of standards, guidelines, and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risks. Microsoft cloud services have undergone independent, third-party Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Moderate and High Baseline audits and are certified according to the FedRAMP standards. Additionally, after a validated assessment by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), a leading security and privacy standards development and accreditation organization, they certified Microsoft 365 to the objectives specified in the NIST CSF.

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