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Should we use Azure to build our production website? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'd like to get some information on the capability/feasibility of building our site on the Azure platform. We are planning our production website (consumer) and have in mind to go the linux/MySQl-CDN server route.  The site will deliver some video, and a large amount of text held in the database(s), among other features.  

    I really need to take a look and get some more information on what it will take, how it works, and even if we should even consider going this route.

    Obviously I'm totally clueless as to using Azure so any words of wisdom or pointers in direction would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Mike

    Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:58 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Azure offers several ways to host web sites: Azure App Service, Cloud Services, and Virtual Machines.

    Azure App Service is the best choice for most web apps. Deployment and management are integrated into the platform, sites can scale quickly to handle high traffic loads, and the built-in load balancing and traffic manager provide high availability. You can move existing sites to Azure App Service easily with an online migration tool, use an open-source app from the Web Application Gallery, or create a new site using the framework and tools of your choice. The WebJobs feature makes it easy to add background job processing to your App Service web app.

    If you need more control over the web server environment, such as the ability to remote into your server or configure server startup tasks, Azure Cloud Services is typically the best option.

    If you have an existing application that would require substantial modifications to run in Azure App Service or Azure Cloud Services, you could choose Azure Virtual Machines in order to simplify migrating to the cloud. However, correctly configuring, securing, and maintaining VMs requires much more time and IT expertise compared to Azure App Service and Cloud Services. If you are considering Azure Virtual Machines, make sure you take into account the ongoing maintenance effort required to patch, update, and manage your VM environment.

    The following diagram illustrates the relative degree of control versus ease of use for each of these web hosting options on Azure.

    ChoicesDiagram 

    Refer: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/choose-web-site-cloud-service-vm/

    Regards,
    Nithin Rathnakar

    Monday, August 3, 2015 5:07 PM

All replies

  • Hello,

    We are researching on the query and would get back to you soon on this. I apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your time and patience in this matter.

    Best Regards,
    Prasandhi Kumar

    Friday, July 31, 2015 4:14 PM
  • Hi,

    Azure offers several ways to host web sites: Azure App Service, Cloud Services, and Virtual Machines.

    Azure App Service is the best choice for most web apps. Deployment and management are integrated into the platform, sites can scale quickly to handle high traffic loads, and the built-in load balancing and traffic manager provide high availability. You can move existing sites to Azure App Service easily with an online migration tool, use an open-source app from the Web Application Gallery, or create a new site using the framework and tools of your choice. The WebJobs feature makes it easy to add background job processing to your App Service web app.

    If you need more control over the web server environment, such as the ability to remote into your server or configure server startup tasks, Azure Cloud Services is typically the best option.

    If you have an existing application that would require substantial modifications to run in Azure App Service or Azure Cloud Services, you could choose Azure Virtual Machines in order to simplify migrating to the cloud. However, correctly configuring, securing, and maintaining VMs requires much more time and IT expertise compared to Azure App Service and Cloud Services. If you are considering Azure Virtual Machines, make sure you take into account the ongoing maintenance effort required to patch, update, and manage your VM environment.

    The following diagram illustrates the relative degree of control versus ease of use for each of these web hosting options on Azure.

    ChoicesDiagram 

    Refer: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/choose-web-site-cloud-service-vm/

    Regards,
    Nithin Rathnakar

    Monday, August 3, 2015 5:07 PM