Microsoft Azure is Microsoft's Cloud Server offiering. There are many product, or should that be service, offerings under Azure. Here we shall concentrate on Azure hosted virtual machines - servers, scalable to almost any size, to replace traditional on premise servers.
Azure Virtual Machines gives you the flexibility of virtualisation for a wide range of computing solutions – replacing end of life physical servers, building development and testing systems, running applications and extending your on premise data centre. It’s the freedom of open-source software configured the way you need it. It’s as if there was another rack in your data centre, giving you the power to deploy an application in minutes instead of weeks.
Extend your existing IT
Some cloud providers make you choose between your data centre and the cloud. Not Azure, which easily integrates with your existing on-premise IT environment through the largest network of secure private connections, hybrid database and storage solutions, and data residency and encryption features – so your assets stay right where you need them. And with Azure Stack, you can bring the Azure model of application development and deployment to your data centre. Azure hybrid cloud solutions give you the best of both worlds: more IT options, less complexity and cost. That’s why it’s one of the best cloud computing services available.
Scale when you need to, pay as you go
Azure’s pay-as-you-go services can quickly scale up or down to match demand, so you only pay for what you use. Per-minute billing and a commitment to match competitor prices for popular infrastructure services such as compute, storage and bandwidth mean you’re always getting unbeatable price for performance.
Protect your data
Microsoft knows some organisations are still wary of the cloud. That’s why Microsoft has made an industry-leading commitment to the protection and privacy of your data. They were the first cloud provider recognised by the European Union’s data protection authorities for our commitment to rigorous EU privacy laws. Microsoft was also the first major cloud provider to adopt the new international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018. They also launched Azure Government, a stand-alone version of Azure designed to meet the rigorous compliance requirements of US public agencies.
Run your apps anywhere
As the best cloud service from Microsoft, Azure runs on a worldwide network of Microsoft-managed data centres across 30 regions – that’s more countries and regions than Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud combined. This fast-growing global footprint gives you lots of options for running applications and ensuring great customer performance. Azure geo-location ensures your systems, data and apps can be replicated to one or more other locations of your choosing around the world.
Make smarter decisions
Azure’s predictive analytics services, including Machine Learning, Cortana Analytics and Stream Analytics, are redefining business intelligence. Make smarter decisions, improve customer service and uncover new business possibilities from your structured, unstructured and streaming Internet of Things data.
Rely on a trusted cloud service
From small dev-test projects to global product launches, Azure is engineered to handle any workload. More than 66 per cent of Fortune 500 companies rely on Azure, which offers enterprise-grade SLAs on services, 24/7 tech support and round-the-clock service health monitoring. Azure customers include the NHS Skanska, Heineken, 3M, Dyson, Paul Smith, Mazda, GE Healthcare, Trek, McKesson, Milliman, Towers Watson, NBC Sports, TVB and many, many more.
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