Introduction to Microsoft Azure

Azure is a Cloud Service developed by Microsoft which offers a wide range of IT Services like Web Hosting, Virtual Machines, Remote Storage, Database Hosting, Centralized Account Management, AI, ML, IoT, etc.

All Azure Services are mostly Pay as you Go. There are many more Azure Services which provide unique Cloud Services like :

1. Azure Functions : Azure Functions provide Event Driven Surveillance Applications with No Coding Required.

2. Azure Container Instances and Azure Kubernetes Service allows deployment of Containerized Applications with Fully Managed Services.

3. Azure Cosmos DB provides support for NoSQL APIs and many more Open Source and Proprietary Database Platforms/Providers.

4. Azure AI and ML provides tools, options and services for Data Scientists and AI Engineers for deploying AI and Machine Learning Models.

5. Azure Regional Data Centers allow users to test, run and deploy their applications at nearest and suitable data centers for faster application performance and response rates.

In the vast and high paced growing industry of Cloud Services where Amazon AWS and Google Cloud have taken a very good market share, Microsoft Azure Cloud Services has set unique trends.

What is Cloud Computing ?

Imagine that, you are going out to buy a new computer for your home and office needs today. So, you go to a shop and get a good laptop computer with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD and also, a very good high speed processor like an Intel i7 Processor. You come to home and you are good to go. Over time, you work load increases and Your PC becomes slower. After a few years, there is a need to upgrade the hardware.

With the help of cloud computing, these resources are externally managed. So there are Servers in Data Centers whose quality, service and performance are being managed by third party. Being a user of a Cloud Service, if you need to increase the performance of your Virtual Machine, you can do that instantly by paying the rentals (as in case of Azure its Pay as You Go). In this way, while using Cloud Services, businesses can constantly keep upgrading their resources and thereby their performances, while also they have to pay only the cost of resources that they use and NOT the cost of actual machines.

The most commonly offered Cloud Services are Software, Storage, Networking, Databases, Analytics, Servers and Intelligence. Cloud Computing offers Innovative ways of saving cost while constantly updatable hardware and software management services.

Cloud Computing is Cheaper to use because of lower operational and management costs which otherwise individual businesses will have to manage on themselves. Also, its very easy to scale up and more efficient than ever.

Instead of making huge investments of buying your own Servers and maintaining them in your own datacenters, individual businesses can choose to save a lot by renting Cloud Services and running their applications. When the time to scale up comes, they can easily switch their plans and increase their service configurations as per their new requirements.

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