What is Azure?

Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges. It’s the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your favorite tools and frameworks.

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. It provides software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

Program benefits

Business Edition

The Business Edition offers great benefits to growing companies, helping them handle basic operations so the business can spend more time on strategic planning. Options include: Productive : Azure has more than 100 services with great end-to-end tools to make you successful.


Hybrid : Develop and deploy where you want, with the only consistent hybrid cloud on the market. Extend Azure on-premises with Azure Stack. Intelligent : Create intelligent apps using powerful data and AI services. Trusted : The Marketing module of Dynamics 365 can help you organized marketing campaigns across channels, so you can reach customers via email, text, web, and more, as well as track the results to find out what works best.

The best destination for fully managed SQL in the cloud

Azure SQL Database is the intelligent, scalable, cloud database service that provides the broadest SQL Server engine compatibility and up to a 212% return on investment.

Built-in machine learning for peak database performance and durability that optimizes performance and security for you

Unmatched scale and high availability for compute and storage without sacrificing performance

Azure Features

Add or remove regions to and from your globally distributed database at any time, without the hassle of multi-datacenter database management, and scale throughput and storage automatically and elastically across those regions. Your applications are guaranteed single-digit millisecond read and write latencies at the 99th percentile and 99.999-percent high availability globally, with multi-master replication and the choice of five well-defined consistency models.

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Azure Blockchain service

Build, govern, and expand blockchain networks at scale. Azure Blockchain Service Preview simplifies the formation, management, and governance of consortium blockchain networks so you can focus on business logic and app development.

Govern at scale with built-in governance and codeless consortia management

Cognitive Services

Infuse your apps, websites and bots with intelligent algorithms to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret your user needs through natural methods of communication. Transform your business with AI today.

Windows Virtual Desktop

The best virtual desktop experience, delivered on Azure

Deploy and scale virtualized Windows desktops and apps on Azure

Windows Virtual Desktop Preview is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, and get built-in security and compliance features.