Microsoft (formerly Windows Azure) is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers.

Azure provides Software-As-A-Service (SaaS), Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-AS-A-Service (IaaS) and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

What can I do on Azure?

Azure provides over 100 services that enable you to do everything from running your existing applications on virtual machines to exploring new software paradigms such as intelligent bots and mixed reality.

Many teams start exploring the cloud by moving their existing applications to virtual machines that run in Azure. While migrating your existing apps to virtual machines is a good start, the cloud is more than just “a different place to run your virtual machines”.

For example, Azure provides AI and machine-learning services that can naturally communicate with your users through vision, hearing, and speech. It also provides storage solutions that dynamically grow to accommodate massive amounts of data. Azure services enable solutions that are simply not feasible without the power of the cloud.

A general overview of what you can do in Microsoft Azure.

Azure is a little word for some pretty complex and vast capabilities. So, to keep things simple, let’s break them down into 8 main categories.

  1. Compute services
  2. Cloud storage
  3. Networking
  4. App hosting
  5. AI
  6. IoT
  7. integration
  8. Security

Compute services, these cover virtual machines, containers, and serverless computing, including microservices. These services are primarily for performing calculations, executing logic, and running applications.

Cloud storage, this includes disks attached to virtual machines as well as more structured formats, such as vault shares or databases, all of which can expand and shrink as necessary.

Networking features, these features let you set up private network connections
to your on-premises environments and configure and control traffic into and out of Azure efficiently, helping to optimize application performance and scalability.

App Hosting, this feature lets you run your entire web application on a managed platform in Windows or Linux. Plus the Azure marketplace has a huge range of third party products you can run in Azure, including SAP and SQL database solutions.

AI, including machine learning and prebuilt cognitive services. These services help you search and analyze existing data to forecast future behaviors, outcomes, and trends. Those predictions can even be used to make absent devices smarter.

IoT, Azure enables you to integrate sensors and devices and manage them with IoT hubs. Allowing you to create full feature dashboards and apps to monitor and control all of your assets.

Integration, logic apps and service bus connect applications and services and allow for workflows to orchestrate processes, whether those connected systems are on premises or in the cloud.

Security, security is integrated into every aspect of Azure, including a harden of the structure and global security intelligence monitoring. With Azure’s identity management you have tight control over who has access to each service and the data in it.

These 8 categories represent just a small fraction of the services available in Azure.

Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to try out a new service, then mix and match them to get exactly what you need. And the best part, you will only pay for what you use.

Azure services


Avere vFXT for Azure Run high-performance, file-based workloads in the cloud
Azure Active Directory Synchronize on-premises directories and enable single sign-on
Azure Active Directory B2C Consumer identity and access management in the cloud
Azure Active Directory Domain Services Join Azure virtual machines to a domain without domain controllers
Azure Advisor Your personalized Azure best practices recommendation engine
Azure API Apps Easily build and consume Cloud APIs
Azure API Management Publish APIs to developers, partners, and employees securely and at scale
Azure App Service Quickly create powerful cloud apps for web and mobile
Azure Archive Storage Industry leading price point for storing rarely accessed data
Azure Artifacts Create, host, and share packages with your team
Azure Automation Simplify cloud management with process automation
Azure Backup Simplify data protection and protect against
Azure Batch AI Easily experiment and train your deep learning and AI models in parallel at scale
Azure Blob Storage REST-based object storage for unstructured data
Azure Blueprints Enabling quick, repeatable creation of governed environments
Azure Boards Plan, track, and discuss work across your teams
Azure Bot Service Intelligent, serverless bot service that scales on demand
Azure Cache for Redis Power applications with high-throughput, low-latency data access
Azure Content Delivery Network Ensure secure, reliable content delivery with broad global reach
Azure Cosmos DB Globally distributed, multi-model database for any scale
Azure Data Box Secure, ruggedized appliance for Azure data transfer
Azure Data Lake Storage Massively scalable, secure data lake functionality built on Azure Blob Storage
Azure Database for MariaDB Managed MariaDB database service for app developers
Azure Database for MySQL Managed MySQL database service for app developers
Azure Database for PostgreSQL Managed PostgreSQL database service for app developers
Azure Database Migration Service Simplify on-premises database migration to the cloud
Azure Databricks Fast, easy, and collaborative Apache Spark-based analytics platform
Azure DDoS Protection Protect your applications from Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks
Azure Dedicated HSM Manage hardware security modules that you use in the cloud
Azure Developer tool integrations Use the development tools you know—including Eclipse, IntelliJ, and Maven—with Azure
Azure DevOps Services for teams to share code, track work, and ship software
Azure DevTest Labs Quickly create environments using reusable templates and artifacts
Azure Digital Twins Build next-generation IoT spatial intelligence solutions
Azure Disk Storage Persistent, secured disk options supporting virtual machines
Azure DNS Host your DNS domain in Azure
Azure File Storage File shares that use the standard SMB 3.0 protocol
Azure Firewall Native firewalling capabilities with built-in high availability, unrestricted cloud scalability, and zero maintenance
Azure Front Door Service Scalable, security-enhanced delivery point for global, microservice-based web applications
Azure Functions Process events with serverless code
Azure Information Protection Better protect your sensitive information—anytime, anywhere
Azure IoT Central Experience the simplicity of SaaS for IoT, with no cloud expertise required
Azure IoT Edge Extend cloud intelligence and analytics to edge devices
Azure IoT Hub Connect, monitor and manage billions of IoT assets
Azure IoT solution accelerators Create fully customizable solutions with templates for common IoT scenarios
Azure Key Vault Safeguard and maintain control of keys and other secrets
Azure Kinect DK Build computer vision and speech models using a developer kit with advanced AI sensors
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Simplify the deployment, management, and operations of Kubernetes
Azure Lab Services Set up labs for classrooms, trials, development and testing, and other scenarios
Azure Machine Learning service Bring AI to everyone with an end-to-end, scalable, trusted platform with experimentation and model management
Azure Managed Applications Simplify management of cloud offerings
Azure Managed Disks Persistent, secured disk storage for Azure virtual machines
Azure Maps Simple and secure location APIs provide geospatial context to data
Azure Media Player A single player for all your playback needs
Azure Migrate Easily discover, assess, right-size, and migrate your on-premises VMs to Azure
Azure Mobile Apps Build and host the backend for any mobile app
Azure Monitor Full observability into your applications, infrastructure, and network
Azure NetApp Files Powerful, hybrid network file system (NFS) file shares
Azure Notification Hubs Send push notifications to any platform from any back end
Azure Pipelines Continuously build, test, and deploy to any platform and cloud
Azure Policy Implement corporate governance and standards at scale for Azure resources
Azure portal Build, manage, and monitor all Azure products in a single, unified console
Azure Queue Storage Effectively scale apps according to traffic
Azure Repos Get unlimited, cloud-hosted private Git repos for your project
Azure Resource Manager Simplify how you manage your app resources
Azure Scheduler Run your jobs on simple or complex recurring schedules
Azure Search Fully-managed search-as-a-service
Azure Security Center Unify security management and enable advanced threat protection across hybrid cloud workloads
Azure Sentinel Intelligent security analytics for your entire enterprise
Azure Service Health Personalized guidance and for when issues in Azure services affect you
Azure SignalR Service Add real-time web functionalities easily
Azure Site Recovery Keep your business running with built-in disaster recovery service
Azure Sphere Securely connect MCU-powered devices from the silicon to the cloud
Azure SQL Database The intelligent, relational cloud database service
Azure Stack Unlock innovation with hybrid cloud applications
Azure Storage Durable, highly available, and massively scalable cloud storage
Azure Storage Explorer View and interact with Azure Storage resources
Azure Stream Analytics Real-time data stream processing from millions of IoT devices
Azure Test Plans Test and ship with confidence with a manual and exploratory testing toolkit
Azure Time Series Insights Explore and analyze time-series data from IoT devices
Azure Traffic Manager Route incoming traffic for high performance and availability
Azure Web App for Containers Easily deploy and run containerized web apps that scale with your business
Azure Web Apps Quickly create and deploy mission critical web apps at scale

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