Azure by Microsoft is the only key cloud platform which is also ranked by Gartner as an industry leader for IaaS and PaaS services. It is a powerful combination of both managed and unmanaged services that allows building, deploying and managing application any way one likes for unmatched productivity. It is an enterprise-proven hybrid cloud solutions that give the best of both worlds, expand the IT options with no added complexity.
With it, data storage, backup and recovery is more economical and efficient. Moreover, it is also easier to build apps which span on both on-premises and on cloud. The platform also supports any language, tool, operating system and framework, such as SQL, Oracle, C#, Java, Windows and Linux. It is also a very effective platform for setting up a farm in the current version 2013 of SharePoint, and the process could be done with just a few clicks.
Setting up a farm in the SharePoint 2013 version could be done in just a few simple clicks. A developer or anyone for that matter could use the Microsoft Azure subscription or a trial subscription or even MSDN subscription to set up a farm. Setting it up in the basic configuration w0uld require three servers, the domain controller, SharePoint and SQL Server.
On the other hand, setting up a farm in the high-availability configuration involves nine servers, such as two domain controllers, two SQL, SQL Server quorum, two SP in the app tier and two in the front-end web tier. For either of the farms, the settings could be specified in just a few clicks and the Azure Preview Portal will do the rest. Once the farms are built, one could easily access a basic team site as a web client and use Central Administration for configuring further capabilities.
Recently, Azure announced the feature where they explained the capability of creating a full blown Farmstead environment for development or actual production use. The SP Server Farm, the Azure Preview Portal will automatically create a pre-configured 2013 farmstead. This saves a lot of time when one needs a high-availability or basic farmstead for the development and testing environment or when evaluating Server 2013 as a collaboration solution for a company or organization.
The new option provides a new template together with others, including SQL Server Standard 2014, Ubuntu and many more to create the farmstead. the next step after choosing the template is to provide the vital mandatory fields like Default User Name and Password and Resource Group. The Resource Managers enable grouping numerous resources as a logical group that serves as the life cycle boundary for each resource that is contained within it. A group will typically contain resources that are related to a certain app. Literally, with just a couple of clicks in the Portal, there will be a working farmstead of SP ready for use.
Definitely, a developer could also fine tune the default setup through changing the default host name prefix, passwords, admin account, MSDN subscription for the program or the location of affinity group or resources even.