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What Made Azure AD Popular Among Businesses?

  • March 10th, 2017
  • By Amal S
  • Blog
  • Azure Web Services Active Directory

    For decades Microsoft has been an industry leader in the development of computer software products. For leveraging cloud technology, they have launched Azure which constituted the building, deploying, and managing of applications through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centres. Microsoft Azure web services are the most preferred cloud computing solution today for cross-platform web and mobile applications.  Azure Active Directory is a highly available, comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution that combines core directory services, application access, and advanced identity governance. Many corporate and Governments across the globe are using Azure Active Directory (AD). It is used as a standard for identity management in the enterprises. Azure AD with its advanced features and tight integration offers a free tier and a Basic tier for $.50 per user per month, and a premium tier that runs $6 per month. This blog will help you understand the various scenarios where Azure AD leverage supports and will show you how it became popular among business owners.

    Azure AD – An Overview

    The tenant cloud-based directory and identity management service of Microsoft is renowned as Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
    It helps IT Admins to deliver an easy to use and affordable solution, to give employees and business partners a single sign-on (SSO) access to thousands of cloud SaaS Applications like Salesforce.com, DropBox, Office365 and Concur.

    According to application developers, Azure AD lets them focus on building fast and simple applications. Azure AD makes the application to integrate with a world-class identity management solution which is used by millions of enterprises across the globe.

    Businesses across the world avail the benefits of the cloud-based directory through its diverse features. It includes multi-factor authentication, self-service password management, self-service group management, privileged account management, device registration, role-based access control, application usage monitoring, rich auditing and security monitoring & alerting. So the Azure AD services help business across the world to leverage cloud directories in order to cut costs, streamline IT processes and to ensure that corporate compliance goals are met.

    Business people can rely on the geo-distributed, multi-tenant -high availability design of Azure AD for their most critical business needs. Azure is highly reliable, even if the data center goes down, it copies the directory data at least to two more regionally dispersed data centers and that information will be available for instant access. The benefits that the business owners can avail through Azure Ad include:

    • Easy sign in experience for cloud service providers and employees.
    • Easy and secure vendor access management.
    • Improved application security through Azure AD conditional access and multifactor authentication.
    • Consistent and self-service application access management.
    • Protection from advanced threats with security reporting and monitoring.
    • The customers can subscribe Azure AD on a “Pay As You Go” basis.
    • Through globally distributed data centres, Azure AD services are available to customers around the globe.

    Conclusion

    Azure AD constitutes the majority of the core features which businesses are looking for in an IDaaS provider. It provides enterprise-level tools that are competitive in pricing and performance. Azure AD services are solid and constantly evolving and can be integrated with Office 365 and other Microsoft products. Azure AD makes the employees more productive by delivering a common identity for accessing both cloud and on-premises resources. So through effective directory management, Azure AD ensures improved business performance.

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