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Microsoft Azure

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a comprehensive cloud computing platform and service provided by Microsoft. It delivers an extensive range of cloud services, empowering businesses to build, deploy, and manage applications and services through Microsoft’s global network of data centres.

What does Microsoft Azure offer?

Compute Services

Azure offers diverse compute services, including virtual machines (VMs), containers, and server-less computing options like Azure Functions.

Storage Solutions

Azure provides scalable and secure cloud storage solutions, encompassing blob storage, file storage, and table storage to ensure efficient data management for diverse applications.

Networking Services

The networking services within Azure include virtual networks, load balancers, VPN gateways, and content delivery networks (CDN), enabling organisations to establish robust and secure network architectures.

Data Management

Within Azure there is a suite of database services, such as Azure SQL Database, Cosmos DB, Azure Database for MySQL, and Azure Database for PostgreSQL. These services address different database needs, ensuring reliable and scalable data management.

Identity and Access Management

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) facilitates identity and access management. It ensures secure authentication and authorisation for users and applications, enhancing overall system security.

AI and Machine Learning

Azure’s AI and machine learning services, including Azure Machine Learning, Cognitive Services, and Bot Services, empower organisations to incorporate advanced intelligence into their applications and processes to boost efficiency.

Internet of Things (IoT)

There is a wide range of useful IoT services within Azure to enable users to build, deploy, and manage IoT solutions. This includes connecting devices, collecting data, and deriving valuable insights, contributing to the growth of the IoT ecosystem.

DevOps and Collaboration

Azure DevOps offers a set of tools for development and collaboration. It streamlines processes related to building, testing, and deploying applications, fostering efficient and collaborative development practices.

Security and Compliance

Security takes precedence in Azure, with a focus on implementing features to secure applications and data. Furthermore, a suite of tools dedicated to compliance, threat detection, and monitoring actively contributes to establishing a resilient security framework.

Hybrid Cloud Capabilities

Azure supports hybrid cloud scenarios, allowing organisations to seamlessly integrate on-premises data centres with cloud services. This flexibility facilitates a tailored approach to cloud adoption.

Global Infrastructure

With data centres distributed globally, Azure enables organisations to deploy applications and services close to end-users. This global presence enhances performance, reduces latency, and accommodates diverse geographical requirements.

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