Microsoft Azure

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. 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 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 match competitor prices for popular infrastructure services like compute, storage and bandwidth means you’re always getting unbeatable price for performance.

Azure vs AWS

Wondering which public cloud is right for you?
Azure enables customers to extend their on-premises investments into the public cloud and choose from infrastructure or platform services, providing flexibility to choose the best solution for their needs.

DevOps reimagined

Unlike AWS, Microsoft offers developers and IT Pros end-to-end integrated DevOps solutions for on-premises, hybrid, and cloud scenarios—solutions designed to be open and integrate easily with your existing DevOps tools. The new Azure Management Portal with Visual Studio Online and Application Insights makes collaboration easier between developers and IT Pros, increasing value through the application lifecycle. Start a project, check in and test code, set up continuous integration and deployment, and monitor application health and usage telemetry—all from a single place.

The identity platform that works harder

Microsoft has a long history of developing successful identity and access management technologies, and Active Directory is used by thousands enterprises of all sizes. While AWS’s identity service only focuses on its own cloud, Azure Active Directory provides a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution to help control access to thousands of Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications in the public cloud

Designed for security

Microsoft has unmatched experience running trusted online services around the globe and operates groundbreaking centers of excellence on digital crime, security response, and malware protection. Azure was designed and built using the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle, a comprehensive approach for writing more secure code, and our specialized teams of engineers use cutting-edge practices to stay ahead of emerging threats.