Microsoft Azure - Overview

What is Microsoft Azure?

Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, a growing collection of integrated services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money. Azure is secure, scalable, and compliant. Microsoft Azure has over 60 services that span compute, data and storage, networking, web and mobile, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Identity and Access management, developer and cloud operations management.

Azure Features

Infrastructure Services

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 analysing 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 analyse 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, synchronise 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.