Sunday, 20 August 2017

What is Azure? - Microsoft Cloud Service

Azure is a Cloud Computing Service given by Microsoft. Azure was announced in the year 2008 and released in the year 2010. Earlier it was called Windows Azure now it is Microsoft Azure.

What is Azure?

According to Microsoft  

"Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services which developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through our global network of datacentres. With Azure, you get the freedom to build and deploy wherever you want, using the tools, applications and frameworks of your choice." Reference - Microsoft Azure

As per Wikipedia

"Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure) is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers." Reference - Wikipedia

In Azure portal user can create Virtual Machines (VMs), can configure VM disk size, CPU, RAM, Operating System. Azure allows you to build your apps in .net, java, php and deploy it as Azure supports a wide range of programming and operating system and framework.

Azure follows characteristics of Cloud Computing such as On-demand resource, scalability, performance and much more.
Azure also allows you to build hybrid apps using cloud and on-premise.

Azure gives the solution for:
  • Digital Marketing
  • E-Commerce
  • SharePoint on Azure
  • SAP on Azure
  • DevOps
  • Cloud Migration
  • Backup and Archive
  • Gaming
  • Mobile Apps
  • Data Analytics
  • Internet of things
  • Virtual Machines (VMs)

Azure uses following tools:

For Computing:

  • Virtual Machine
  • Cloud Service
  • Service Fabric

For Networking:

  • Azure DNS
  • Load Balancer
  • Express Route
  • Network Watcher

For Storage:

  • Data Lake Store
  • Site Recovery
  • StorSimple

For Containers:

  • Container Registry
  • Batch

For Database:

  • SQL Database
  • SQL Data Warehouse
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Redis Cache

For IoT:

  • IoT Hub
  • IoT Edge

For Developer:

  • Visual Studio Team Services
  • HockeyApp
  • Xamarin
  • Storage Explorer

Microsoft Azure Component and Services 

Infrastructure - Tables, Blobs, Queue, Virtual Networks

Data - SQL DB, HDInsight, Caching

Applications - Mobile Services, Website, Media Services

Integration - CDN, Traffic Manager, BizTalk Services

Microsoft Azure Marketplace


  • VM Images, Applications and Services
  • Online Store for web apps like Wordpress, SQL Server and many more
  • Easy download and deployment


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