Azure: Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Platform

Azure, Microsoft and the Cloud

Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform.  Google has Google Cloud Platform, Amazon has Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google has Google cloud platform.  Amazon was the first mover in the cloud computing for businesses world, leveraging its own data centers and excess computing to offer outsourced computing to businesses.

Azure is Microsoft’s answer, leveraging Microsoft’s existing (and expanding) network of data centers–the largest of all the major cloud providers.  The Microsoft cloud consists of over a million servers at over 100 data centers around the world.  It’s a hybrid cloud platform, meaning it allows businesses to either wholly have their computing in the cloud, or just outsource part of their infrastructure.

A Veritable Smorgasbord Of Cloud Computing Services

All of the major cloud players have been investing heavily in expanding their cloud offerings in recent years and Microsoft is no exception.  Azure now offers over 50 cloud computing services, including streaming content for sites, identity management with Azure Active Directory, disaster-recovery-as-a-service, hosting for web apps and websites, database management, email hosting with Exchange Online, data storage and a variety of other services.  Virtually any business computing function can be outsource in the Microsoft cloud.

We hope our new video gives you a helpful introduction to Azure.  If you have more questions, please reach out to us–we’d be happy to talk with you.