List of services available on Microsoft Azure Cloud

If you are new to cloud computing, please read my earlier blogs on Cloud Computing and Microsoft Azure. I have explored Azure portal with my account, click here for more details.
In this blog, I will write about a list of service, features offered by Microsoft Azure.


Although Microsoft Azure offers an extensive range of services.

But I will write about few important services, features given by Microsoft Azure.

Services in Azure is classified into 4 categories.

  • Compute Service - Virtual Machines (Linux and Windows), Cloud Service, App Services like Web Apps, Mobile Apps, Logic Apps, Service Fabric
  • Data Service - This includes Azure Storage like Blob, Table. Other services are Azure SQL Databases, Document DB, Redis Cache.
  • Application Service - These services help you to build and run your application in Azure. Few of the application services are - Azure Active Directory (AAD), Azure Media Services, HDInsight for big data.
  • Network Service - Network service in Azure includes Azure DNS, Azure Traffic Manager, Azure CDN.

Let's explore all the services of above mention category one by one.

Windows Virtual Machines

A feature of Virtual Machines. 
Provision virtual machines for SQL Server, SharePoint, and more

Web App

Create and deploy websites in seconds, as powerful as you need them

Leverage your existing tools to create and deploy applications without the hassle of managing infrastructure. Microsoft Azure Web Sites offers secure and flexible development, deployment, and scaling options for any sized web application.

App Service

Quickly create powerful cloud apps using a fully-managed platform.
SQL Database - Use built-in intelligence to protect and optimize your database. Azure SQL Database is the intelligent, fully-managed relational cloud database service built for developers. 

Disk Storage

A feature of Storage
Persistent, secured disk options supporting virtual machines

Application Insights

Detect, triage, and diagnose issues in your web apps and services.

Analysis Service 

Built on the proven analytical engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services delivers enterprise-grade BI semantic modeling capabilities with the scale, flexibility and management benefits of the cloud. Azure Analysis Services helps you transform complex data into actionable insights.

Azure Cognitive Service

Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs that enable natural and contextual interaction with tools that augment users' experiences via the power of machine-learned models from Microsoft.

With Cognitive Services you can tap into an ever-growing collection of powerful AI algorithms developed by experts in their fields-APIs including Academic Knowledge, Bing Autosuggest, Bing Search, Bing Speech, Bing Spell Check, Computer Vision, Content Moderator, Emotion, Face, Language Understanding Intelligent Service(LUIS), Recommendations, Speaker Recognition, Text Analytics, Translator Speech, Translator Text, and Web Language Model APIs. They simplify a variety of AI-based tasks, giving you a quick way to extract insights from data.

You may read more details on Azure Cognitive Service - 
http://www.sharepointcafe.net/2017/09/what-is-azure-cognitive-service.html

Azure Container Service 

Azure Container Service preview (AKS) is the quickest path from zero to Kubernetes on Azure. This new service features an Azure-hosted control plane, automated upgrades, self-healing, easy scaling, and a simple user experience for both developers and cluster operators. With AKS, customers get the benefits of open source Kubernetes without the complexity and operational overhead.

AKS is currently available for Standard A, D, DS, G, GS, F, and FS series Linux virtual machines. You are only charged for the compute instances you choose, as well as the other underlying infrastructure resources consumed such as storage and networking. There are no incremental charges for AKS itself.

Media Services

Build workflows for the creation, management, and distribution of media. Media Services offers the flexibility, scalability, and reliability of a cloud platform to handle high-quality media experiences for a global audience.

Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) 

The Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) is designed to send audio, video, images, and other files faster and more reliably to customers using servers that are closest to the users. This dramatically increases speed and availability, resulting in significant user experience improvements.

Azure Functions

Azure Functions is an event-driven, compute-on-demand experience. You can leverage Azure Functions to build HTTP endpoints accessible by mobile and IoT devices.

Azure DNS 

Azure DNS lets you host your DNS domains alongside your Azure apps and manage DNS records by using your existing Azure subscription. Microsoft’s global network of name servers has the reach, scale, and redundancy to ensure ultra-fast DNS responses and ultra-high availability for your domains. With Azure DNS, you can be sure your DNS will always be fast and available.

Service Fabric 

Service Fabric is a microservices platform used to build scalable, reliable, and easily managed applications for the cloud. Addressing the significant challenges in developing and managing cloud applications, Service Fabric allows developers and administrators to avoid solving complex infrastructure problems and focus instead on implementing mission-critical, demanding workloads.

HDInsight

Azure HDInsight is a Hadoop-based service that brings an Apache Hadoop solution to the cloud. Gain the full value of big data with a cloud-based data platform that manages data of any type and size.

API Management

Azure API Management lets you publish APIs to developers, partners, and employees securely and at scale.

Load Balancer

Azure Load Balancer distributes Internet and private network traffic among healthy service instances in cloud services or virtual machines. It lets you achieve greater reliability and seamlessly add more capacity to your applications.

Blob storage

REST-based object storage for unstructured data

Azure Search

Cloud search service for web and mobile app development. Build great search experiences for your web and mobile apps

Azure Location Based Services

Simple and secure location APIs provide geospatial context to data

API Management

Azure API Management lets you publish APIs to developers, partners, and employees securely and at scale.

Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory provides identity management and access control for your cloud applications. To simplify user access to cloud applications, you can synchronize on-premises identities, and enable single sign-on. Azure Active Directory comes in 3 editions: Free, Basic, and Premium.

Visual Studio Team Services

Visual Studio Team Services is a cloud-based application lifecycle management (ALM) solution for everything from hosted-code repositories and issue-tracking to load-testing and automated builds. It's accessible from nearly anywhere, and you can create an account for free. Visual Studio Team Services is licensed separately from Azure services.

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB is a fully-managed NoSQL document database service that offers querying and transaction-processing over schema-free data, predictable and reliable performance, and rapid development.

Backup

On your corporate laptops, Azure Backup protects Windows client data and shared files and folders. In your datacenter, integrated with System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM), Backup protects Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange, SQL Server, Hyper-V virtual machines, and other applications.

IoT Hub

Jumpstart your Internet of Things projects with Microsoft IoT Hub. Connect, monitor, and control billions of IoT assets running on a broad set of operating systems and protocols. Establish reliable, bi-directional communication with these assets, even if they’re intermittently connected, and analyze—and act on—incoming telemetry data. Enhance the security of your IoT solutions by using per-device authentication to communicate with devices that have the appropriate credentials. Revoke access rights to specific devices to maintain the integrity of your system.

Traffic Manager

Azure Traffic Manager lets you route incoming traffic across multiple hosted Azure services, whether they’re running in the same datacenter or in different data centers around the world.

Data Lake Store

The Data Lake store provides a single repository where you can capture data of any size type and speed simply without forcing changes to your application as the data scales. In the store, data can be shared for collaboration with enterprise-grade security. It is also designed for high-performance processing and analytics from HDFS applications (ie. Azure HDInsight, Data Lake analytics service, Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR) and tools, including support for low latency workloads. For example, data can be ingested in real-time from sensors and devices for IoT solutions, or from online shopping websites into the store without the restriction of fixed limits on account or file size unlike current offerings in the market.

Data Lake Analytics

The Data Lake analytics service is a new distributed analytics service built on Apache YARN that dynamically scales so you can focus on your business goals, not on distributed infrastructure. Instead of deploying, configuring and tuning hardware, you write queries to transform your data and extract valuable insights. The analytics service can handle jobs of any scale instantly by simply setting the dial for how much power you need. You only pay for your job when it is running making it cost-effective. The analytics service supports Azure Active Directory letting you simply manage access and roles, integrated with your on-premises identity system. It also includes U-SQL, a language that unifies the benefits of SQL with the expressive power of user code. U-SQL’s scalable distributed runtime enables you to efficiently analyze data in the store and across SQL Servers in Azure, Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

A full list of services on Azure is available here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/



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