Microsoft Azure


What is Azure?

Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud offering that enables individuals and organizations to create, deploy, and operate cloud-based applications and infrastructure services. The Microsoft Azure public cloud platform offers IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS services to organizations worldwide.

Microsoft Azure can also be used in conjunction with various Microsoft solutions, such as Microsoft System Center, and can be leveraged together to extend an organization's current datacenter into a hybrid cloud that expands capacity and provides capabilities beyond what could be delivered solely from an on-premises standpoint.

Uses for Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure offers many services and resource offerings. For example, you can use the Azure Virtual Machines compute services to build a network of virtual servers to host an application, database, or custom solution, which would be an IaaS based offering. Other services can be categorized as PaaS because you can use them without maintaining the underlying operating systems. For example, when you run a website in Azure Web Apps, or a SQL database in Azure SQL Databases it is not necessary to ensure that you are using the latest version of Internet Information Services (IIS) or SQL and have the latest patches and updates installed, as this is the responsibility of the Microsoft Azure platform.

An example of a SaaS service on Microsoft Azure would be Operations Management Suite, which is set up and accessed via Operational Insights services. Here, you just set up your management tools and connect into the services you wish to manage all through Microsoft Azure, so no local infrastructure is required or needed to be managed. The Microsoft Azure platform is responsible for all of that and provides direct access to the Management software. Microsoft Azure provides lots of services which fall into IaaS, PaaS or SaaS contexts and these services are constantly being added to and evolving. 


Microsoft Azure was formerly known as Windows Azure® and many legacy tools and documentation articles still use this name.                                                                                           .

For more information , you can see:
Microsoft Azure: https://aka.ms/openedx-Azure214x-az01
Azure Virtual Machines: https://aka.ms/openedx-Azure214x-az03
Azure Web Apps: https://aka.ms/openedx-Azure214x-az5
Azure SQL Databases: https://aka.ms/openedx-Azure214x-sql
Internet Information Services: https://aka.ms/openedx-Azure214x-iis

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure created by Microsoft for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers.


It provides Software as a service, Platform as a service and Infrastructure as a service services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

Azure was announced in October 2008 and released on 1 February 2010 as Windows Azure, before being renamed to Microsoft Azure on 25 March 2014.


Microsoft Azure and what you can do with it

Create a Windows Server Virtual Machine and manage it with Remote Desktop

Create a Linux Virtual Machine and connect and manage it with SSH

Create and deploy an ASP.NET Web App with Azure App Service

Create and deploy an Node.js Web App with Git and Azure App Service

Create a SQL Database in Azure

Azure Functions serverless architecture

Services offered by Azure

Pricing calculator

Azure Storage services including blobs, tables, files, and queues from Windows and Linux

Understanding Azure—a guide for developers


Azure Marketplace

The Azure Marketplace is an online applications and services marketplace that currently offers virtual machine images, virtual machine extensions, APIs, applications, Machine Learning services and data services. You can search for and purchase solutions from a wide range of startups and independent software vendors (ISVs).

VM Depot

VM Depot is a community-based catalog of open source virtual machine images that you can deploy directly from within Azure. VM Depot is available through Microsoft Open Technologies.


GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service that is free to use for public and open source projects. There are various paid options for businesses and teams that want a greater degree of control over their projects.

Azure Trust Center

If you invest in a cloud service, you must be able to have confidence that your customer's data is secure, the privacy of the data is protected, and you comply with whatever government and regulatory controls are required.

Take a look at the Azure Trust Center where you'll find technical resources, whitepapers, and frequently asked questions.

Considerations in Moving to a Cloud Model

Providing a third party with data and business sensitive information requires a lot of trust. Typically, businesses take time to build up a relationship with cloud providers and evaluate their trustworthiness and ability to deliver what they promise.

EXpressRoute. ExpressRoute is a service that enables Azure customers to create a dedicated connection to Azure, which does not connect through the public Internet. This contrasts with VPNs, which use encryption to tunnel securely through the public Internet. Because ExpressRoute connections are dedicated, they can offer faster speeds, higher security, lower latencies, and higher reliability than VPNs.