Every software developer needs the infrastructure to design, develop, test, and deliver custom applications. Microsoft Azure gives you everything you need to provision and manage a complete development and test environment in the cloud. Our scalable, on-demand infrastructure both makes you more agile, and helps you deliver value faster and with higher quality. It gives you the flexibility to use the cloud on your terms, based on team needs and project requirements.
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Get the exact compute, storage, and network resources you need to develop and test your applications in minutes, not hours or days. Azure helps you dramatically simplify and speed up the path to running a dev-test environment. Spin up any number of virtual machines, network them, and install any software your application needs to run—any platform, any stack. VMs are just like physical servers and you can do anything with them—it’s up to you.
Deliver higher-quality releases by developing and testing applications end-to-end in a production-like environment. This helps you better understand how they’ll handle real-world usage scenarios, and catch and fix problems before you release. Our innovative cloud services make it easy to run large-scale performance tests, while Visual Studio Online’s agile project management tools help you plan projects with distributed teams. Developers using Visual Studio or Eclipse can easily connect to Visual Studio Online from anywhere, anytime.
Azure integrates with on-premises Microsoft technologies, so you can take full advantage of your existing Microsoft investments, skills, and knowledge—and use a common development and test infrastructure that spans datacenter to cloud. Everything in Azure can be fully automated, so you can spin up and tear down virtual environments with a keystroke. And thanks to Azure’s scaling capability, you can deliver additional capacity on-demand and at lower cost, both for short-term projects and longer-term initiatives.
Telenor, one of the world’s largest telecom companies, used Azure Virtual Machines to quickly create a development and testing environment that was essential to its successful deployment of SharePoint 2013. The expected 3-month window to set up the development and testing environment for a system of this size was reduced to 2 weeks—a huge savings not only in time, but in costs.
For many years, the document management company Xerox has used Microsoft technology to stay at the forefront of development while also managing risk and keeping costs low. Its recent upgrade to Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 technologies for end-to-end ALM has resulted in substantial benefits, including increased visibility into projects and developer use and highly automated development processes.
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