Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform operated by Microsoft. It offers an ever-expanding range of services, helping you build solutions to achieve your business goals. Microsoft Azure provides software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
Azure supports numerous different programming languages, tools, and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. If you’re an enterprise customer, Azure speaks your language! Only a few companies have the kind of enterprise background (and Windows support) that Microsoft does.
Microsoft Azure interoperates with data centres, identifying the strength and potential of the hybrid cloud. Its services range from simple web solutions for hosting your business presence in the cloud, to running entirely virtual computers where you can operate your custom software solutions.
This cloud computing platform provides a wealth of cloud-based services such as remote storage, database hosting, and centralised account management. Azure also presents new capabilities like AI and Internet of Things (IoT).
Announced in 2008, Azure was formally released in 2010 under the name of Windows Azure before being renamed Microsoft Azure in 2014. There is also a broad range of learning opportunities, official certifications, and online resources available.