Microsoft Azure or more commonly known as only ‘Azure’ is a cloud computing service created and offered by Microsoft. Azure is similar to Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services (AWS), allowing developers to build, test, deploy and host applications and services on the global network of data centres in Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. Azure is an open platform which means, it can support programming languages, environments, tools and frameworks that are native to Microsoft or offered by third-party software. Azure was initially launched as Windows Azure in February 2010 and later changed its name to Microsoft Azure.
Points to Remember
- The Microsoft Azure website hosts a detailed list of more than 600 services provided by the Azure platform. It offers Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS).
- Some of Azure’s services are Computing, mobile services, storage services, data management, messaging, media services, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Content Delivery Network (CDN), etc.