Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. Azure provides a combination of integrated services—including computing, storage, data, networking, and apps. A unique combination of managed and unmanaged services lets you build, deploy, and manage applications for increased IT productivity.
Unlike other cloud providers who make you choose public and private cloud, Azure enables hybrid cloud solutions giving you the best of both worlds. Azure supports any operating system or framework from Windows, Linux, SQL Server, Oracle, C#, or Java.
Azure offers a 99.95% availability SLA, and 24 hour service health monitoring. More than 57% of Fortune 500 companies utlise Azure. In addition Azure can scale up or down as demand changes, this means that you only pay for what you use.
Azure vs Amazon Web Services
Azure enables enterprise-grade storage solutions for on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments Unlike AWS, Azure’s hybrid storage options offer cloud storage solutions which integrate with your businesses IT infrastructure. This enables your business to benefit from scalability and lower costs.
Unlike AWS, Microsoft offers developers and IT Managers integrated DevOps solutions for on- cloud solutions designed to easily integrate with your existing DevOps tools. The new Azure Management Portal with Visual Studio Online and Application Insights makes collaboration easier between developers and IT Pros. You can, check in and test code, set up continuous integration and
Azure enables third-party integration solutions to take full advantage of the cloud at every layer. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 and Service Bus work to allow on-premises integration solutions to the cloud,. Microsoft BizTalk is a leading enterprise-class solution with first-party integration across on-premises, infrastructure-as-a-service, and platform-as-a-service.
Syncronisation with non-Microsoft Applications
While AWS’s identity service only focuses on its own cloud, Azure Active Directory provides a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution, this helps to control access to both Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications in the public cloud.