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What is Microsoft Azure?
What is Azure? In short, it's Microsoft's cloud platform: a growing collection of integrated services-compute, storage, data, networking, and app-that help you move faster, do more, and save money. But that's just scratching the surface. Here's what else Azure is...
It's IaaS + PaaS
Azure is the only major cloud platform ranked by Gartner as an industry leader for both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). This powerful combination of managed and unmanaged services lets you build, deploy, and manage applications any way you like for unmatched productivity.
It's hybrid ready
Some cloud providers make you choose between your datacenter and the public cloud. Not Azure. Its enterprise-proven hybrid cloud solutions give you the best of both worlds, expanding your IT options without added complexity. With Azure, data storage, backup, and recovery become more efficient and economical. It's also easier to build applications that span both on-premises and the cloud.
It's open and flexible
Azure supports any operating system, language, tool, and framework- from Windows to Linux, SQL Server to Oracle, C# to Java. It puts the best of Windows and Linux ecosystems at your fingertips, so you can build great applications and services that work with every device.
It's always up, always on
You'll share the same enterprise-tested platform that powers Skype, Office 365, Bing, and Xbox. Azure offers a 99.95% availability SLA, 24x7 tech support, and round-the-clock service health monitoring. That's why more than 57% of Fortune 500 companies rely on Azure today. From live streaming Olympic events to online multiplayer online games, our customers are doing some amazing things.
It's economical and scalable
Azure can quickly scale up or down to match demand, so you only pay for what you use. Per-minute billing and a commitment to match competitor prices for popular infrastructure services like compute, storage and bandwidth means you're always getting unbeatable price for performance.
Azure runs on a growing global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters across 13 regions, giving you a wide range of options for running applications and ensuring your customers always get great performance. Azure is the first multinational cloud provider in mainland China and is continuing to expand to new regions around the globe.
Azure delivers a 99.95% compute SLA and enables you to run solutions on the same cloud that powers Skype, Office 365, Bing, and Xbox.
Azure provides built-in software patching, network load balancing and high-availability features.
Azure offers 24x7 technical support with engineers constantly monitoring service health.
Provision Windows and Linux Virtual Machines and applications in minutes. Microsoft's hybrid consistency enables you to use the same VMs and management tools in Azure that you use on-premises.
Develop Modern Applications
Build modern applications that take full advantage of the cloud. Azure enables you to build and deploy a wide variety of applications - including web, mobile, media and line-of-business solutions. Built-in AutoScale features enable you to dynamically scale up and down to meet any needs.
Insights from Data
Get insights from any data, big or small. Azure provides managed SQL and NoSQL data services, and built-in support for analyzing and helping you gain insights from your data. Leverage the full power of SQL Server in the cloud as well as use HDInsight to build Hadoop clusters to analyze data.
Identity and Access Management
Enterprise level identity and access management for all your cloud apps. Windows Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution. You can manage user accounts, synchronize with on-premises directories, get single sign on across Azure, Office 365 and hundreds of popular SaaS applications like Salesforce, Workday, Concur, DocuSign, Google Apps, Box, ServiceNow, Dropbox, and more.
|Active Directory||Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) provides identity management and access control capabilities for your cloud applications. You can synchronize your on-premises identities and enable single sign-on to simplify user access to cloud applications. Azure AD is available in two tiers: Free and Premium. Azure Active Directory Premium is licensed separately from Azure Services.|
|API Management||Azure API Management allows you to publish APIs to developers, partners and employees securely and at scale.|
|Automation||Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation, deployment, monitoring, and maintenance of resources in your Azure environment using a highly scalable and reliable workflow execution engine.|
|Azure Redis Cache||Based on the popular open source Redis Cache, this gives you access to a secure, dedicated cache for your Azure applications.|
|Backup||Azure Backup manages cloud backups through familiar tools in Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, or System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager.|
|BizTalk Services||Azure BizTalk Services is a powerful and extensible cloud-based integration service that provides Business-to-Business (B2B) and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) capabilities for delivering cloud and hybrid integration solutions.|
|CDN||Azure CDN (Content Delivery Network) allows you to deliver high-bandwidth content to end-users around the world with low latency and high availability via a robust network of global data centers.|
|Cloud Services||Azure Cloud Services remove the need to manage server infrastructure. With Web and Worker roles, they enable you to quickly build, deploy and manage modern applications.|
|DocumentDB||Azure DocumentDB is a fully-managed NoSQL document database service that offers query and transactions over schema-free data, predictable and reliable performance, and rapid development.|
|Event Hubs||Azure Event Hubs enables elastic scale telemetry and event ingestion with durable buffering and sub-second end to end latency for millions of devices and events.|
|ExpressRoute||Azure ExpressRoute enables you to create private connections between Azure datacenters and infrastructure that's on your premises or in a colocation environment.|
|HDInsight||Azure HDInsight Service is a Hadoop-based service that brings an Apache Hadoop solution to the cloud. Gain full value of Big Data with a cloud-based data platform that manages data of any type and any size.|
|Machine Learning||Azure Machine Learning allows you to easily design, test, operationalize and manage predictive analytics solutions in the cloud.|
|Managed Cache||Azure Cache is a distributed, in-memory, scalable solution that enables you to build highly scalable and responsive applications by providing super-fast access to data.|
|Media Services||Azure Media Services offer cloud-based media solutions from many existing technologies including ingest, encoding, format conversion, content protection and both on-demand and live streaming capabilities.|
|Multi-Factor Authentication||Azure Multi-Factor Authentication helps prevent unauthorised access to on-premises and cloud applications by providing an additional layer of authentication. Follow organizational security and compliance standards while also addressing user demand for convenient access.|
|Notification Hubs||Notification Hubs provide a highly scalable, cross-platform push notification infrastructure that enables you to either broadcast push notifications to millions of users at once or tailor notifications to individual users.|
|RemoteApp||RemoteApp helps employees stay productive anywhere, on a variety of devices - Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android.|
|Scheduler||Azure Scheduler allows you to invoke actions that call HTTP/S endpoints or post messages to a storage queue on any schedule. In Scheduler, you can create jobs that reliably call services either inside or outside of Azure and run those jobs right away, on a regular or irregular schedule, or set them to run at a future date.|
|Azure Search||Azure Search is a fully-managed service for adding sophisticated search capabilities to web and mobile applications without the typical complexities of full-text search.|
|Service Bus||Azure Service Bus is a messaging infrastructure that sits between applications allowing them to exchange messages for improved scale and resiliency.|
|Site Recovery||Site Recovery helps you protect important applications by coordinating the replication and recovery of private clouds for simple, cost-effective disaster recovery.|
|SQL Database||Azure SQL Database is a relational database service that enables you to rapidly create, extend, and scale relational applications into the cloud.|
|Storage||Azure Storage offers non-relational data storage including Blob, Table, Queue and Drive storage.|
|StorSimple||StorSimple offers a unique hybrid cloud storage solution which provides primary storage, archive and disaster recovery. Combined with Microsoft Azure, this solution optimizes total storage costs and data protection.|
|Traffic Manager||Azure Traffic Manager allows you to load balance incoming traffic across multiple hosted Azure services whether they're running in the same datacenter or across different datacenters around the world.|
|Virtual Machines||Azure Virtual Machines enable you to deploy a Windows Server or Linux image in the cloud. You can select images from a gallery or bring your own customized images.|
|Virtual Network||Azure Virtual Network enables you to create Virtual Private Networks (VPN) within Azure and securely link these with on-premises IT infrastructure.|
|Visual Studio Online||Visual Studio Online provides a cloud-based ALM solution that handles everything from hosted code repos and issue tracking to load testing and automated builds. Best of all, it's accessible from nearly anywhere, and you can create an account for free. Visual Studio Online is licensed separately from Azure Services.|
|Websites||Azure Websites enables you to deploy web applications on a scalable and reliable cloud infrastructure. You can quickly scale up and out or even scale automatically to meet your application needs.|