What is Azure ? – Features

Azure is the cloud computing platform by Microsoft which allows development, deployment and management of applications and services. It is continuously referred as Leaders by Gartner in their evaluation of cloud platforms.

Here are some of the features of Windows Azure that make it one of the best tools for cloud computing,

  • IaaS and PaaS
  • Hybrid operation
  • Open and flexible
  • High availability
  • Scalability
  • Cost-effective
  • Geographical reach

Azure features

IaaS and PaaS

Azure is well-known for its Infrastructure-as-a-Service( IaaS ) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering. Users can either make use of the hardware infrastructure provided by Azure and also they can utilize Windows platform for app development and deployment.

Hybrid operation

Azure provides on premise and cloud based operations so that users can avail both their own datacenter and public cloud. Data storage, back-up and recovery is easier in such type of environment.

Open and flexible

Azure allows Virtual machines of Windows as well as Linux. Developers can build apps using technologies of their own choice. Azure allows apps developed in programming languages like Java, Python and databases like SQL server or Oracle. This helps in creating applications running on any device.

High availability

Azure has SLA of 99.95% availability, 24 X 7 support and round the clock service health monitoring. Therefore most of the companies rely on Azure for online media streaming, multiplayer gaming etc.

Scalability and cost-effective

Azure scales quickly up and down based on the requirement. As a result, users pay as per their usage. Per-minute billing feature helps users to be particular about their billing and makes Azure highly economical as well.

Geographical reach

Azure runs through a growing network of Microsoft-managed data centers in 19 regions across the globe. This ensure great performance for users. Microsoft is continuing to expand its operations in other regions as well.

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