Microsoft Azure, second only to Amazon Web Services (AWS) among Cloud providers, is an ever-expanding set of Cloud-based computing services accessible to developers, businesses, government agencies, and anyone who seeks to develop an app or operate an enterprise without having to manage hardware. For Microsoft, it has been the fastest-growing business segment in recent years.
In 2008, Microsoft announced its fastest-growing cloud service Azure. But it made its public debut two years later, in February 2010, as Windows Azure and was rebranded as Microsoft Azure in 2014. However, the name change was not a branding move. It was an indication that the scope of Azure Cloud services had gone far beyond just Windows-based offerings. In fact, by late 2017, the tech giant reported that 40 percent of all virtual machines in Azure were operating Linux that is from less than one-third just a year before. The Azure Global Infrastructure comprises data centers in 54 regions that is spanning in 140 nations.
The full array of Microsoft Azure services swaddles much more ground than simply relocating on-premises servers to the Cloud. In addition to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), users have a full range of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) choices that are offering companies access to Cloud-enabled services without the requirement of managing a server. Customer, for example, can build a website based on WordPress or create a basic Node JS site without having to configure or mend the necessary Windows or Linux server.