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Microsoft Azure: 5 Facts You Might Not Know

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

If you are considering migrating your data to the Microsoft Azure cloud then you’ve probably asked yourself “How does Microsoft provide the security of my Azure infrastructure, data and applications?” or “Where is my data located?” 

Here are 5 interesting facts about Microsoft Azure that you might not know: 

1. Microsoft uses Machine Learning and AI 

Microsoft uses Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to detect and stop the seven trillion cyber threats it encounters every day. Using both machine learning and AI allows Microsoft to handle the massive volume of threats and to identify new methods of attacks or anomalies in the habits of the users, for example authentication.

2. Full-Time Red-Team/Blue-Team rotation 

The red team is a group of full-time staff within Microsoft that focuses on breaching Microsoft’s infrastructure, platform and Microsoft’s own tenants and applications. The blue team is comprised of either a dedicated set of security responders or members from across the security incident response, Engineering, and Operations organizations. Their job, whether it is a red team attack or an actual assault, is to detect and respond to all security incidents. Microsoft employs hundreds of people in these teams to attack all their products like Azure, Office 365, Xbox Live, etc.

3. Azure’s secure foundation

Microsoft invests over a billion dollars annually into cybersecurity, including the Azure platform, so you can allocate your IT budget and resources towards other business-critical initiatives.

You get to take advantage of 3,500 dedicated cybersecurity professionals working together across the Cyber Defense Operations Center, digital crimes unit and other teams to help protect, detect and respond to threats in real time.

For physical security, Azure has hundreds of datacenters in 50 regions, and these have extensive multi-layered protections to ensure unauthorized users cannot gain physical access to your customer data. Click here to learn about world-class security at Microsoft’s datacenters

4. Microsoft Azure Cloud is Huge  The Microsoft Cloud is very, very large. It is connected by enough fiber to stretch to the Moon and back 3 times! That means the Microsoft Cloud is made up of millions of servers and everything is monitored 24x7x365. A majority of the Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Azure. The best part is the global infrastructure is 100% carbon neutral.   

5. 60% of Microsoft Datacenter Energy Comes from Wind, Solar, and Hydropower On the note of being 100% carbon neutral, Microsoft states that about 60 percent of their datacenter energy comes from Wind, Solar, and Hydropower. The company plans to boost this to 70 percent renewable energy by 2023.

Are you ready to move to the cloud? Contact us at Rimrock and one of our consultants will be happy to help. 


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