Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, is Microsoft's public cloud computing platform. It provides a range of cloud services, including those for compute, analytics, storage and networking. Users can pick and choose from these services to develop and scale new applications, or run existing applications, in the public cloud.
Microsoft Azure is widely considered both a Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering.
Azure products and services
Compute :These services enable a user to deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs), containers and batch processing, as well as support remote application access.
Web : These services support the development and deployment of web applications, and also offer features for search, content delivery, application programming interface (API) management, notification and reporting.
Data storage : This category of services provides scalable cloud storage for structured and unstructured data and also supports big data projects, persistent storage (for containers) and archival storage
The database domain is used to provide reliable relational and non relational database instances managed by Azure.
. SQL Databases
. Redis Cache
It includes services which provide a variety of networking features such as security, faster access
. Virtual Network
. Load Balancer
. Application Gateway
. Azure DNS
. Virtual Machines
. VM Scale Sets
. Azure Container
. Container Registry
. Service Fabric
. Cloud Services
. Blob Storage
. Queue Storage
. File Storage
. Table Storage
Benefits of Azure
Apps management :
IaaS benefits the organization to build, deploy, and manage the apps in a quick and easier way. An organization can launch the website or create a web app and maintain the infrastructure by customizing the cloud software.
Azure delivers an appreciable level of flexibility giving you the option to have functionality as required. You can pay as you consume, switch to Azure, accommodate the business fluctuations and, etc. Thus, there is no worry about the infrastructure all the time.
The data stored is in compliance with the regulations which is very much helpful especially for the legal or the finance sectors. It is entirely built around the security and privacy demands that any of the business would readily take the venture.
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