What is Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying, and managing applications and services. It provides some important cloud related services such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
Using Microsoft Azure
The users can create Windows and Linux Virtual machines which can then be used for any business purpose. Microsoft Azure provides middle to high end systems as virtual machines. The user has the ability to scale up or down the computing power and hardware as he wishes. Microsoft also provides the high availability of the machines and provides backup services as well.
Azure provides many services to create web and mobile backend. The backend services can be hosted for relatively low price. Furthermore, it offers several other supporting services such as Web Jobs, Worker Roles, Notification Hubs and Analysis services which are useful for a backend application.
Azure has a huge database market. It offers many different types of databases such as SQL, NoSQL and Elastic databases. It has high seed servers for data transmission and offers different types of network tiers, so that the user can select the suitable one for him. Furthermore there are plenty of big data analysis tools, database clusters and reporting services which can be used with the database services. Azure provides high quality storage service and its market is growing day by day.
Azure has the most sophisticated machine learning studio provided by any cloud platform. With Azure, creating complex machine learning algorithms are made simple as dragging and dropping components in a workspace. Machine learning studio supports many high level programming languages such as Python, R and F#.
Developers can find many useful services in Azure such as Visual Studio Team Services and Application Insights. These services can be used to collaborate with others dunning application development, deployment so on and so forth.
As a summary Azure is a very advanced and feature rich cloud service. But the pricing is little bit too high comparing to its competitors such as Amazon. Nevertheless Microsoft Azure has captured a huge cloud market and continues to grow.