What is cloud computing?

 Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more—over the Internet (“the cloud”). Companies offering these computing services are called cloud providers and typically charge for cloud computing services based on usage, similar to how you are billed for water or electricity at home.
 
Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web—for moving faster, achieving more and saving money.
 
Infrastructure Services
Provision Windows and Linux Virtual Machines and applications in minutes. Microsoft’s hybrid consistency enables you to use the same VMs and management tools in Azure that you use on-premises.
 Develop Modern Applications
Build modern applications that take full advantage of the cloud. Azure enables you to build and deploy a wide variety of applications – including web, mobile, media and line-of-business solutions. Built-in AutoScale features enable you to dynamically scale up and down to meet any needs.
Insights from Data
Get insights from any data, big or small. Azure provides managed SQL and NoSQL data services and built-in support for analysing and helping you gain insights from your data. Leverage the full power of SQL Server in the cloud as well as use HDInsight to build Hadoop clusters to analyse data.
Identity and Access Management
Enterprise level identity and access management for all your cloud apps. Windows Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution. You can manage user accounts, synchronise with on-premises directories, get single sign on across Azure, Office 365 and hundreds of popular SaaS applications like Salesforce, Workday, Concur, DocuSign, Google Apps, Box, ServiceNow, Dropbox and more.
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