What is Microsoft Azure and How does Microsoft Azure Works?

This tutorial, we will discuss what is Microsoft Azure? How does Microsoft Azure work? What is it used for and why Microsoft Azure.

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What is Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business requirements. By using Azure, users can build, manage and deploy applications using various tools and frameworks.

It is the public cloud computing platform from Microsoft.

Also learn below Azure tutorials:

The good things is that, Microsoft does continuous innovations in Azure.

You can build solutions with more than 100 services to build, deploy and manage applications in the cloud.

According to report 95% of Fortune 500 companies are using Azure for their business.

Microsoft Offers various services like AI + Machine learning, Analytics, Compute, Blockchain, Containers, Databases, Internet of Things (IOT), Media, Networking, Security, Storage, Web, etc.

Azure previously known Windows Azure, was created by Microsoft in the year 2010.

It works in both Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

How does Microsoft Azure Works

How does Microsoft Azure Works

Azure is a subscription-based service. Once the user subscribes for a subscription, users can have access to all the services from the Azure portal.

Azure subscription is also known as Azure Offer. There are various Azure subscription models are available:

Each subscription has various services and benefits. Whatever the subscription, there will be no service downtime for any users.

Microsoft Azure services

Azure provides a number of services.

Below are various categories of services provides by Microsoft Azure.

  • AI + Machine Learning: Azure provides machine learning service which empowers developers to build, train, and deploy machine learning models. Also, it provides web app bot, computer vision, Face, Text Analytics, Data science virtual machine – Ubuntu, Data science virtual machine – Windows server 2019, etc.
  • Compute: You can create and deploy Virtual machine (VM), batch jobs, Web app for containers, function App, etc.
  • Analytics: Azure provides analytics services, Azure HDInsight, Azure Data Explorer, Azure Synapse Analytics, etc.
  • Databases: Azure provides various database services like SQL database, Azure Database for MariaDB, Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Database Migration Services, etc. You can store structure and unstructured data in Azure.
  • DevOps: Azure provides DevOps project, Application insights, etc.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): Azure provides IoT services, IoT Central Application, IoT Hub, Time series insights, IoT Hub device provisioning service.
  • Media: Azure provides media service.
  • Networking: Azure provides virtual network, load balancer, application gateway, firewall, virtual WAN, Network security group, connections, etc.
  • Storage: Azure Storage is one of the popular services provided by Azure, It provides services like Storage account – blob, file, table, queue, Azure data box, backup and site recovery, etc. Read: Azure Storage Tutorial
  • Web: Azure provides services to create a web app, logic app, app service plan, app service environment, api management, CDN, media services, azure cognitive search, etc.

What is Microsoft Azure used for

As Azure provides lots of services, Organizations used lots of popular services of Azure.

  • Lots of Organizations use Azure Virtual Machine (VM) for development, testing, and production environments. Microsoft Azure supports Windows as well as Linux virtual machines (VMs) which we can create in just a few minutes.
  • A lot of Organizations also use Azure for hosting databases in the cloud. Azure provides SQL relational databases as well as Azure Database for MySQL, SQL Server 2017 enterprise windows server 2016, etc.
  • Active Directory is one of the backbones of any organization, lots of companies use Azure active directory domain services to keep user’s information, to manage group policy, authentication, etc.
  • You can also create, test and deploy web applications in Microsoft Azure. Organizations can also use the storage services of Azure.

Why Microsoft Azure

There are number of reasons Why Microsoft Azure.

Security: Data in the Azure cloud is secure. It provides a secure foundation across physical, infrastructure, and operational security. Microsoft invests lots of money (over a billion dollars) a year in security so that your data and business assets can be protected.

According to Microsoft, Data on the Microsoft Azure platform is usually encrypted in transit, apart from data that moves within customer-controlled networks (such as Azure Virtual Networks and ExpressRoute). It is the responsibility of the customers to encrypt data within a network that he or she controls.

In Azure cloud, Microsoft does not inspect, approve, or monitor applications that customers deploy to Azure. Even Microsoft does not know what kind of data customers store in Azure.

Also Microsoft has over 3,500 cyber security experts who work on your behalf 24x7x365.

what is microsoft azure

Privacy: In Microsoft azure, your organization own and control your own data. It provides flexibility and choice to you, how you want to store, process and protect your data with Azure. Microsoft never uses your data for marketing or advertising. No access to customer data, by default.

Azure also complies with many external privacy standards, laws, and regulations, including GDPR, ISO 27001, ISO 27018, European Union Model Clauses, HIPAA, HITRUST, FERPA, Japan My Number Act, Canada PIPEDA, Spain LOPD, and Argentina PDPA.

High Availability: With the highest number of data centers (54 as of today) presented around the world, Azure provides high availability.

Cost: Save your organization’s cost, by using the pay-as-you-go pricing model. According to the report, AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows and SQL Server. Azure provides, discounted rates for your ongoing development, testing, and no software charges also in Azure VMs.

Pay only for the resources you are using and cancel anytime.

Microsoft Azure Free

Microsoft provides option to create a free account which you can access for 12 months.

Microsoft Azure regions

According to Microsoft, as of today, it’s datacenters are spread across 58 regions all over the world.

Few Azure data center locations are:

South IndiaWest Europe
Central IndiaUK South
West IndiaNorth Europe
Southeast AsiaUK West
UAE NorthFrance Central
Qatar CentralFrance South
Australia SoutheastCanada East
Australia CentralCanada Central
Australia Central 2North Central US
Australia EastUS DoD East
East AsiaEast US
China East 2East US 2
China EastUS Giv Virginia
Japan WestUS DoD Central
Japan EastUS Gov Lowa
Korea SouthCentral US
Korea CentralWest US 2
China North 2West Central US
China NorthWest US
Brazil SouthUS Giv Arizona
South Africa NorthSouth Central US
South Africa WestUS Gov Texas etc.
Switzerland West
Switzerland North
Germany Central
Germany Northeast
Germany North(Public)
Germany West Central (Public)
Norway East
Norway West
Azure Data Centers

Below are the regions where Microsoft has announced to have Azure data centers very soon.

  • UAE Central
  • Spain Central
  • Israel Central
  • Mexico Central

Which companies are using Azure?

There are fortune 500 companies who are using Microsoft Azure:

  • Coca Cola
  • Adobe
  • Heineken
  • Boring
  • Xerox
  • GE
  • FedEx
  • Metlife
  • 3M
  • Lufthansa
  • Rolls-Royce
  • BMW
  • Walmart
  • Marc Jacobs etc.

Microsoft Azure Competitors

There are lots of popular cloud service providers, who are providing cloud services all over the world.

Few competitors of Microsoft Azure are:

  • Google cloud platform
  • Amazon Web Services (AWZ)
  • IBM Cloud Services
  • Rackspace
  • VMware
  • Oracle Cloud Services
  • Salesforce

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Conclusion

Azure is the most popular cloud computing platform from Microsoft and is a widely used platform by various small to larger or even 500 fortune companies.

As an organization, you can take advantage of 200 Azure services to build various applications.

As an Organization, you can save cost by using the pay-as-you-go pricing model which is based on your usages.

This Azure tutorial explains the below points:

  • What is Microsoft Azure
  • How does Azure Work
  • Azure services
  • What is Azure used for
  • Why Azure
  • Azure Free Account
  • Various Azure regions
  • Which companies are using Azure?
  • What are Azure Competitors

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