What is Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service from Microsoft. Azure offers a range of software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) options for deploying applications and services on Microsoft-managed data center infrastructure. Azure’s 50 operating regions are more than any other cloud provider.
What do I need to know about Azure?
Microsoft Azure has more than a hundred services to help you quickly solve your toughest challenges. Azure’s agility and built-in Development Operations (DevOps) allow you to iterate quickly and deliver code using an end-to-end cloud development platform. Whatever language you utilize, whether Microsoft Azure’s Visual Studio Team Services or another open-source tool like Chef or Jenkins, you will be able to debug faster and easier than ever before.
Microsoft Azure supports private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud deployments. Azure’s robust Information Security (InfoSec) services provide general, storage, database, and networking security, identity and access management, backup and Disaster Recover (DR).
What can I do with Azure?
Microsoft Azure supports any tool, language, or framework: Node.js, Java, .NET, and more. Microsoft’s best-in-class development tools help you write great code. Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code are supported to improve your productivity.
Microsoft Azure offers more than 100 turn-key services, and the latest in AI and data to bring intelligence to your operations. More than 150 Azure Logic Apps connections are available right away, including favorites like Office 365, Dropbox, Google Services, Salesforce, and Twitter.
Why should I choose Azure?
Microsoft Azure runs on both PC and Mac. Azure can support applications as large and complex as you can make them. Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) will shorten your development cycles. Move your test environments to the cloud so you can provision, spin up, and tear down environments in a flash.
Management tools like Azure portal, Power Shell, Bash, and REST APIs are available to meet your needs. Focus on your application and not infrastructure with support for application monitoring, log analytics, patching, backup, and site recovery.
Microsoft Azure is trusted by a broad section of industries: over 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies run on Azure, along with government agencies and startups. Built-in security controls and analytics help you respond to threads, plug gaps, and agilely respond to changes in your security needs.
Microsoft has industry-leading certifications for privacy and security. Azure meets compliance standards like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), HIPAA, HITECH, PCI-DSS, IRS-1075, SSAE 16, FedRAMP, SOC 1, SOC2, and ISO 27001. It also meets region-specific standards such as Australia IRAP, UK G-Cloud, and Singapore MTCS. The British Standards Institute and other third parties have verified strict adherence to these policies. Microsoft adopted the first global code of practice for cloud privacy, ISO/IEC 27018.