Just over one year ago, on September 2016, Microsoft Philanthropy announced it would offer a yearly $5,000 Azure credit to nonprofits around the world, making the powerful cloud computing infrastructure much more accessible to the nonprofits sector.
According to Microsoft, Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money.
Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft's cloud-based technologies.
Azure provides both PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.
What's the Difference between Iaas & PaaS?
IaaS helps you avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing your own physical servers and other datacenter infrastructure. Each resource is offered as a separate service component, and you only need to rent a particular one for as long as you need it. The cloud computing service provider manages the infrastructure, while you purchase, install, configure, and manage your own software—operating systems, middleware, and applications.
Like IaaS, PaaS includes infrastructure—servers, storage, and networking—but also middleware, development tools, business intelligence (BI) services, database management systems, and more. PaaS is designed to support the complete web application lifecycle: building, testing, deploying, managing, and updating.
PaaS enables your nonprofit to avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing:
- Software licenses
- The underlying application infrastructure
- Middleware or the development tools
- Other resources
“With Azure, nonprofits can get rid of their local servers, which are typically very hard to budget for and only have a life of about five years, and move to a more stable, reliable environment.” Sam Chenkin, Director of Technology, Tech Impact
Curious about how Microsoft Azure for Nonprofits could work for your organization? Contact us.