Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure) is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform by Microsoft. Users of the platform can deploy their applications onto cloud hosting benefiting from on-demand service, elastic scale, and a highly managed environment on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Microsoft Azure (formerly Windows Azure) is Microsoft's application platform for the public cloud. Microsoft Azure can be used to build a web application that runs and stores its data in Microsoft data centers. It can connect on-premises applications with each other or to map between different sets of identity information.
Azure offers several high level services
- Cloud Services
- Storage / Data Management
- SQL Database (formerly SQL Azure)
- Azure Media Services
- Virtual Machines
- Virtual Networks
- Azure Websites
- Azure Mobile Services
- Azure HDInsight (Big Data)
- Cache Service
Azure offers several services currently in preview
Intro to Azure
Each of these services offers the ability to scale up or down based on demand using predetermined virtual machine sizes to run the services.
Use this tag for questions relating to applications hosted on Azure.