Create highly-available, infinitely-scalable applications and APIs
Develop, package, and deploy powerful applications and services to the cloud with Azure Cloud Services and the click of a button. Scale from 1 to 1000 in minutes. Once your application is deployed, that’s it: From provisioning, to load-balancing, to health monitoring, Azure handles the rest. Your application is backed by an industry-leading 99.95% monthly SLA.
Integrated development experience powered by Visual Studio + Azure SDK
Get your hands on a world-class development experience using the Azure SDK, integrated seamlessly with Visual Studio. Deploy using any language you like, including .NET, Java, Node.js, PHP, Python, or Ruby. Test your application before deploying to the cloud using the Azure Emulator, which brings the platform’s key functionality right to your dev machine.
Focus on building great applications, not babysitting hardware
Never worry about patching, faulty hardware, or network issues again. Cloud Services is designed to deploy your application and keep it continuously available during crashes and failures, redirecting traffic from troubled instances to ones running smoothly. Automatic OS updates mean your application is always secure, without maintenance windows or downtime.
Test your apps before deploying them
Cloud Services provides a staging environment for testing new releases without impacting the existing one, reducing the chances of unwelcome customer downtime. When you’re ready to deploy the new release to production, just swap the staging environment into production.
Convenient health monitoring and alerts (preview)
Azure helps you keep tabs on the health and availability of your applications. The health metrics dashboard shows key stats at-a-glance on the health metrics dashboard. Set up real-time alerts to warn you when service availability—or some other metric of interest—degrades.
Autoscale to optimize cost and performance
Your application suddenly trending on Twitter? Azure and its free Autoscale feature can help you stay cool during unexpected traffic spikes by automatically scaling up or down to meet demand, while simultaneously minimizing costs. Autoscale lets you set scaling limits and scheduling goals to ensure customers are always getting optimal performance.