Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform created by Microsoft. It is used for building, deploying, and managing services and applications through a network of Microsoft-managed Datacenters across the world.
Azure provides software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), with support for several programming languages, frameworks, and tools including both from Microsoft and third-party software systems.
Here are 5 facts you need to know about the Microsoft Azure Cloud.
- Azure is available in 32 regions across the world and the company recently announced plans to initiate operations in 6 more regions.
- Azure has 1.4 million SQL databases deployed across the world.
- 2 trillion messages are processed by Azure IoT ever week.
- More than 4 million developers are registered with Azure Active Directory
- 40% of Azure revenue comes from ISVs and start-ups.
Microsoft Azure currently offers two deployment models for cloud resources including the classic deployment model and the Azure Resource Manage model. In the classic model, every Azure resource such as virtual machine, database, SQL, and more are managed individually which allows the users to create groups of services that are closely coupled with resources that can be easily deployed, monitored and managed together.
What Are The Services Available Through Microsoft Azure?
Services and products that are directly sold through the Microsoft Azure Marketplace are made by either Microsoft directly or one of its technology partners. Before you can buy them on the marketplace, all the products and services have to be certified by Microsoft Certified program which ensures compatibility with their cloud.
Microsoft Azure now offers more than 3,800 products which are organized into seven categories mentioned below.
- Developer services – these are add-on services for application management and deployment.
- Virtual machines – these are software images designed for both Linux and Windows server virtual machines. They are directly provided by either Microsoft or one of its technology partners.
- Azure Active Directory applications – these applications can be configured on the Azure Active Directory enabling the user account management through a single sign-in.
- API apps – These are tools that help the developers to connect any of their applications with software as a service offerings and application programming interfaces.
- Data Services – These are services that provide data on financials, demographics, retail, sports, and other categories. Businesses can use this data for their intelligence tools or applications.
Microsoft Azure has a very good pricing structure for its marketplace allowing users with subscription options based on the product type they choose. Some products on the marketplace are also offered free while others are charged monthly or follow a pay-as-you-go model.
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