Azure is the Microsoft cloud platform and is a growing collection of integrated services including computing, storage, data, networking and applications that help you move faster, do more and save money.
Azure is the only major cloud platform ranked by Gartner as an industry leader for both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). This powerful combination of managed and unmanaged services lets you build, deploy and manage applications any way you like for unmatched productivity.
Some cloud providers make you choose between your data centre and the public cloud. Not Azure. Its enterprise-proven hybrid cloud solutions give you the best of both worlds, expanding your IT options without added complexity. With Azure, data storage, backup and recovery become more efficient and economical. It's also easier to build applications that span both on-premises and the cloud.
Azure supports any operating system, language, tool and framework – from Windows to Linux, SQL Server to Oracle, C# to Java. It puts the best of Windows and Linux ecosystems at your fingertips, so you can build great applications and services that work with every device.
You'll share the same enterprise-tested platform that powers Skype, Office 365, Bing and Xbox. Azure offers a 99.95% availability SLA, 24/7 tech support and round-the-clock service health monitoring. That's why more than 57% of Fortune 500 companies rely on Azure today.
Azure can quickly scale up or down to match demand, so you only pay for what you use. Per-minute billing and a commitment to match competitor prices for popular infrastructure services such as compute, storage and bandwidth mean you're always getting unbeatable price for performance.
Azure runs on a growing global network of Microsoft-managed data centres across 19 regions, giving you a wide range of options for running applications and ensuring that your customers always get great performance.