Azure Cloud Services

Microsoft Azure is a public cloud computing platform that delivers cloud services including:

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 Platform-as-a-service (PaaS)
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Software-as-a-service (SaaS)

Businesses choose Azure because it’s a flexible, fast, and affordable alternative to traditional IT services. Here’s why it’s a popular choice among business owners:

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24/7 customer support
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Pay-as-you-go subscription model
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Scale resources up and down

You can run IT services on-premises. But Azure runs them through the cloud (or the Internet). This cuts down on your need for physical space, hardware, and even some software programs.
Microsoft Azure cloud services cover everything from networks to app development to email. And nearly everything in between. Here are some common ways companies use Azure cloud services to their advantage:

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Web app development, testing, and deployment
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 Data storage, backup, and recovery
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Enhanced security and compliance

Azure empowers you to drive more resources to other areas of your business. Plus, you get to save money along the way.

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Microsoft Azure Features

Azure offers a comprehensive selection of features. They're perfect for any business, of any size.

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Disaster Recovery

Azure stores back up and recovers your data with up to 99 years of retention. Plus, Azure makes three copies of your data and stores them in different secure locations. So no matter what happens, you know your data won’t get lost or destroyed.


The cloud elasticity feature scales resources to match needs. It happens automatically without disrupting operations or charging for what you don't use. It’s an efficient approach to cloud computing and it doesn’t rely on technicians — Azure is automatic.

Developer Tools

Use Azure’s developer tools to build cloud applications on any platform and in any language. Easily build, test, launch, and manage cloud apps in an integrated development environment.

Cost Efficiency

Since you only pay for the services you need and use, Azure is an affordable IT service solution. Instead of having your own data centers, servers, and other IT must-haves, use Azures.

Easy Access to Resources

Use Azure Portal Search to find resources, services, and documentation in seconds. You can also customize the Azure Resource Manager to organize and categorize resources. Plus, it’s easy to control who can access cloud resources.

Benefits of Azure Cloud Services

Countless companies make the switch to Azure cloud services. Here are some of Azure's endless benefits.

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Lower Costs

✔️ Only pay for what you need or what you use
✔️ Cut what you spend on hardware
✔️ Reduce the costs of server rooms, electricity, and data centers

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Enhanced Security

✔️ Data encryption and confidential computing
✔️ Multifaceted approach to security
✔️ 24/7 system monitoring

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✔️ AI-enabled cloud computing
✔️ High-performance computing
✔️ Access to an expanding collection of integrated systems

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Increased Productivity

✔️ Manage workloads entirely in the cloud
✔️ Unified delivery pipeline from start to finish
✔️ Fast data recovery, app development, machine learning, and more

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Elastic Scale

✔️ Automatically scale resources to match what’s needed
✔️ Scale storage, bandwidth, computing power, and more
✔️ Pull resources from specific geographic locations

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How Companies Use Microsoft Azure

Azure offers on-demand infrastructure, platforms, and software. You can use all three, or only use the ones you need. It’s a flexible cloud service platform that shapes your business. Here are some common ways companies use Azure.

Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)

IaaS provides the foundation for most other IT services. It includes the basic building blocks like servers, storage, networking, and security. Companies use these services to replace or supplement in-house IT solutions.

Examples of Azure IaaS services:

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Azure Virtual Machines
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Azure Storage
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Azure Container Service
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Platform-as-a-service (PaaS)

PaaS includes everything IaaS provides, but with a few extras. Operating systems, dev tools, and database management are common PaaS services. Most businesses use these services to create, test, and launch web and mobile apps.

Examples of Azure PaaS services:

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Azure SQL databases
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Azure SQL databases
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Azure App Service
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Software-as-a-service (SaaS)

SaaS includes all the IaaS and PaaS services, and hosted applications. Businesses connect to these services through a web browser. Meanwhile, Azure/Microsoft handles maintaining, upgrading, and securing these services.

Examples of Azure services:

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Outlook Email
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Outlook Calendar
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Microsoft Office
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