Azure Cloud Services

Deploy highly available, massively scalable applications and APIs

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Create highly available, massively 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 has been deployed, that’s it – from provisioning and load balancing, to health monitoring, Azure handles the rest. Your application is backed by an industry-leading 99.95% monthly SLA.

Integrated development experience with Visual Studio and the Azure SDK

Get your hands on an excellent development experience using the Azure SDK, which integrates seamlessly with Visual Studio. Deploy applications using any language you like, including .NET, Java, Node.js, PHP, Python or Ruby. Test your application before deploying it to the cloud by using Azure Emulator, which brings the platform’s key functionality directly to your development computer.

Focus on building great applications, not babysitting hardware

You don’t have to worry about patching, faulty hardware or network issues. Use Azure Cloud Services to deploy your application, keep it continuously available during crashes and failures, and redirecting traffic from troubled instances to ones that are running smoothly. Automatic operating system updates mean that your application is always highly secure, without maintenance windows or downtime.

Test your apps before deploying them

Azure Cloud Services gives you a staging environment for testing a new release, without affecting the existing release, which reduces the chances of 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

Azure helps you monitor the health and availability of your applications. The health metrics dashboard shows you key statistics at a glance. Set up real-time alerts to warn you when service availability or other metrics degrade.

Auto-scale to optimise cost and performance

Is your application suddenly trending on Twitter? Azure and its free AutoScale feature can help you during unexpected traffic spikes, by automatically scaling up or down to meet demand, while simultaneously minimising costs. Use AutoScale to set scaling limits, schedule goals and ensure that your customers get optimal performance.

Dv2-series virtual machine sizes

Dv2-series, which follows the original D-series, features a more powerful CPU, which is on average about 35% faster than the D-series CPU, and carries the same memory and disk configurations as the D-series. The Dv2-series is based on the latest generation 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, and with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, can go up to 3.2 GHz. The Dv2-series and D-series are ideal for applications that demand faster CPUs, better local disk performance or higher memories. They give you a powerful combination for many enterprise-grade applications.

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