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Microsoft Cloud Connector is a cloud-based service that helps you connect your data and applications across your organization. You can use it to create a single, secure connection between your on-premises systems and the cloud, so you can easily access the data that lives in Microsoft Azure and Office 365.

Access your company’s most crucial data seamlessly, no matter where you are or your device. Easily share files with anyone in your organization – whether on an iPad or an Android tablet, in front of their PC, or behind them on the phone. Get rid of all that hard work putting together data from disparate sources into a unified system.

The Microsoft Azure cloud connector allows you to collect virtual machines’ cost and usage data in the Microsoft Azure cloud. EPC Group Cloud uses valuable resource consumption and cost information to give your cloud services forecasts, cost estimates, and cost optimization.

Enhanced Office 365 Log Monitoring With Office 365 Cloud Connector

Office 365 Cloud Connector enables you to manage your Office 365 log monitoring and compliance needs. Integrating our managed security services gives you access to all the new and enhanced capabilities of Office 365 cloud-enabled applications. Also, our knowledgeable team can assist you in selecting the appropriate balance between cost-efficiency, flexibility, and effectiveness.

Having your Office 365 logs monitored by third-party Microsoft Cloud Connectors is the best way to prevent tampering, log modification, and security breaches. Our Cloud Connector can help you improve your security posture, respond to security incidents, and secure your data in the cloud.


Public Switched Telephone Networks roles in Cloud Connectors

Public switched telephone networks (PSTNs) are publically accessible communication systems that let people connect communication devices. Public telephone networks are standard integrated transmission and switching infrastructure systems, signal processors, and related operations support systems that enable communication devices to connect while they are in use within nations and regions. The PTTN differs from other telephone networks because it provides access to the public switched telephone network (PSTN). All PSTNs are interconnected by private lines, which terminate at the customer’s location.

The purpose of public switched telephone networks is to provide local telephony for large populations in an area. A public switched telephone network is often called a “local loop” because it includes analog phones and switches at each line end. This type of phone system has been widely adopted throughout Europe and Asia.

How Does The PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) Work?

The PSTN is a network of equipment that connects telephones throughout the country or region. The PSTN provides a wide range of services, including access lines, switching systems, transmission techniques, datasets (such as numbering schemes), and equipment and software for call processing (computers). Network management systems centrally coordinate these systems.

Access lines

The access line connects a customer’s telephone or data equipment and a LEC or other telephone service provider. The local loop typically comprises copper wires extended from the EO switch. The final switching office in the telephone network that connects users to the phone system is the EO.

The access lines can be either wireless or wired. Wireless technology allows voice and data to be transmitted via radio waves, while wired technology uses cables to transmit information. Analog and digital lines are the two types of lines used in local loops. Analog lines use a single conductor for both voice and data transmission, while digital lines use multiple conductors for both voice and data transmission. Therefore, the number of conductors varies depending on which line is used.

Most of the time, when you acquire a new phone line installed, it will be connected directly to your phone jack at home or office without an EO switch. This connectivity means you will make all calls by directly connecting your phone jack to someone else’s EO switch via an analog cable (also called a “twisted pair” cable).

Switching systems

An equipment assembly known as a switching system establishes, maintains, and disengages connections between several communication lines. Switching systems are frequently categorized according to the kind of network they are a part of (for example, packet- or circuit-switched networks) and the techniques used to operate the switches. Switching systems are commonly referred to simply as “switches.” The network of public telephone switching systems has a large number of switches. An average switch is capable of managing 10,000 communication lines per line.

Switching systems are used in public telecommunications networks to connect different groups of users on a single network through various switching devices that route calls from one destination to another based upon the destination’s location concerning its access point (or “terminal”).

Transmission systems

Transmission systems connect communication devices by guiding signal energy in a particular direction. A receiving device, a transmission medium, and at least one transmitting device are all components of a transmission system. The transmitting communication equipment can convert information into electrical, electromagnetic waves (radio), or optical signals that transfer information through the medium. 


A database is a system that uses systematic usage of numbers to identify communication points within a communications network. Different divisions indicate specific geographic areas or user groups in the number structure. To distinguish and route calls from one location to another, all users connected to a telephone network must concur on a numbering scheme.

The term database originated in the field of computer science, where it is used to refer to an organized collection of related information stored on an electronic medium, usually in tabular form, with each row or record representing an entity (e.g., person, place, event) or attribute (e.g., date, name). The phrase was first utilized to denote the parts of a program that deal with data storage and retrieval but now refers more broadly to any organized collection of related data.

Call Processing Software

Call processing is the steps that occur during the length of a call. These steps are typically associated with the routing and control of the call. When used as part of a telephone system, call processing involves gathering and processing information from various sources, such as capturing the dialed digits entered by a telephone user or storing the connection information from a switching system that you will use for billing records.

Many parts of the PSTN (software and hardware) may perform call processing functions, including the switch that connects a telephone to a telephone number database (SCP) that can translate a toll-free/freephone telephone number into a number of the destination telephone.

Benefits Of Microsoft Cloud Connectors

  • Among the most crucial components of employing a cloud, the connector is the ability to quickly discover and identify assets in AWS, GCP, and Microsoft Azure.
  • Once you’ve set up your account with a connector, you can easily see all of your assets in near real-time. This process is beneficial for assessing ephemeral assets in cloud environments to detect vulnerabilities and get actionable results within minutes.
  • Using the connectors’ automated discovery functionality, you can also automate the removal of terminated/deleted ephemeral assets.
  • Finally, if you want to discover new ephemeral assets through the connector without having them count against your license until and unless they are scanned for vulnerabilities—allowing them to be discovered at no cost—you can do that too!


The Microsoft Cloud Connectors are a powerful tool to help you manage your Azure Resources. The Business Intelligence apps included giving the data collected from monitoring your Azure infrastructure and actionable use. The Microsoft Cloud Connectors offer the ability for any organization to make the process of video conferencing to the next level. No longer is it necessary for your team to be in the same physical space to come together because technology allows video and voice-compatible solutions designed for use with software such as Microsoft Teams. Move forward by taking action, and allow EPC Group to show you how easy it can be to put your meeting into top form.

Errin OConnor

Errin OConnor

With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Management Consulting, Errin O’Connor has led hundreds of large-scale enterprise implementations from Business Intelligence, Power BI, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, IT Security, Azure and Hybrid Cloud efforts for over 165 Fortune 500 companies.

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