Introduction to Microsoft Azure:
Microsoft introduced Azure in October 2008. The cloud platform was originally called Windows Azure, which was later renamed as Microsoft Azure in 2014, 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 and infrastructure as a service and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Azure provides PaaS and IaaS services; it also supports different programming languages, tools and frameworks for Microsoft software and other third-party software and systems. In June 2012, Azure released an update with new features in cloud services, data management and media services. Azure’s main services include websites, virtual machines, cloud services, business analytics, data management, messaging, networking and integration.
Azure was announced in October 2008 and released on February 1, 2010 as “Windows Azure” before being renamed “Microsoft Azure” on March 25, 2014.
Microsoft Azure services:
There are number of services are used in Microsoft Azure (apx 600). Below services are mainly used.
Computer services– This service provide virtual machines, containers, batch processing and remote application access.
Web services and mobile services: This service support the development and deployment of web and mobile applications, and also offer features for API management, notification and reporting.
Data storage services: This category includes Database as a Service offerings for SQL and NoSQL, as well as unstructured and cached cloud storage.
Analytics: This service provide distributed analytics and storage, as well as real-time analytics, big data analytics, data lakes, machine learning and data warehousing.
Networking Services: this group includes virtual networks, dedicated connections and gateways, as well as services for traffic management, load balancing and domain name system (DNS) hosting.
Media and content delivery network (CDN): This service include on-demand streaming, encoding and media playback and indexing.
Hybrid integration: these are services for server backup, site recovery and connecting private and public clouds.
Identity and access management (IAM): These offerings ensure only authorized users can employ Azure services and help protect encryption keys and other confidential information.
Internet of Things (IoT): This service help users capture, monitor and analyze IoT data from sensors and other devices.
Management and security: This product help cloud administrators manage their Azure deployment, schedule and run jobs, and create automation. This product group also includes capabilities for identifying and responding to cloud security threats.
What is Azure?
What is Microsoft Azure?
What is Windows Azure? (Before Microsoft Azure)
What is Microsoft Azure Blobs?
What is Azure Queues?
What is the difference between Windows Azure Queues and Windows Azure Service Bus Queues?
What is DocumentDB?
What is the difference between Table Storage and SQL Azure Table?
What is cloud computing?
What is purpose of cloud service configuration file (.cscfg)?
What are the benefits of cloud computing?
How can Microsoft Azure help your business?
What is guest OS?
What is Azure Resource Manager (ARM)?
What is Azure Redis Cache?
What is web role and worker role?
What is Azure Search?
What are instance sizes of Azure?
What are virtual machine scale sets in Azure?
What is Network Security Group (NSG)?
Why Azure is sometimes referred to as Windows Azure and sometimes Microsoft Azure?
What is Microsoft Azure and Windows Azure used for?