What is Azure?
Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organisation meet your business challenges. It’s the freedom to build, manage and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your favourite tools and frameworks.
Continuous innovation from Microsoft supports your development today, and your product visions for tomorrow.
Build on your terms
With a commitment to open source, and support for all languages and frameworks, build how you want and deploy where you want to.
Operate hybrid seamlessly
On-premises, in the cloud and at the edge – we’ll meet you where you are. Integrate and manage your environments with services designed for hybrid cloud.
Trust your cloud
Get security from the ground up, backed by a team of experts and proactive compliance trusted by enterprises, governments and start-ups.
It’s solutions that do the work for you
Find answers to the business challenges you face with an Azure solution that brings together everything you need – related products, services and third-party applications. From DevOps to business analytics to the Internet of Things, you’ll be up and running quickly with a scalable, cost-effective solution that works with your existing investments.
Companies doing great things with Azure
Creating better experiences for 15.4 million customers worldwide
ASOS, a top online fashion retailer, delivered a more personalised, mobile-first experience with Azure.
Onboarding developers in hours instead of weeks
Daimler AG quickly attracts and onboards top talent to innovate faster using the Azure development environment.
Providing a compliant analytics service for healthcare
After assessing multiple options, McKesson chose Azure to offer their customers cloud-based healthcare analytics.
Popular questions about Azure
Is Azure secure?
Yes, security and privacy are built into the Azure platform. Microsoft is committed to the highest levels of trust, transparency, standards conformance and regulatory compliance with the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider.
How can Azure help if I outsource my IT?
Azure offers solution partners that can help deploy and manage your existing solutions, as well as offer ready-made or custom solutions for you. Plus, you can find an experienced managed service partner or have your existing outsourcing partner become an Azure partner.
What other customers are using Azure?
Ninety per cent of Fortune 500 companies trust their business to run on the Microsoft Cloud and are doing amazing things with it.
Is it only for Windows apps and services?
No. Azure supports open source technologies, so you can use the tools and technologies you prefer. Run virtually any application using your data source, with your operating system, on your device. With Azure, you have choices.
Will Azure really save me money?
With no upfront cost, you only pay for what you use. Azure provides flexible purchasing and pricing options for all your cloud scenarios, such as the Azure Hybrid Benefit, and offers extensive tools to help manage your cloud spend.
Can I try Azure services?
Of course. Create an Azure free account to learn how Azure works, try products and cloud services, and view tutorials on how to deploy your first solution in 10 minutes or less.
Will Azure work for my industry?
Azure provides solutions for all industries. Bring together cloud services and products tailored for your industry to help meet your specific needs and drive innovation.
How does Azure compare to other clouds?
Azure is the only consistent hybrid cloud, has more regions than any cloud provider, delivers unparalleled developer productivity and offers more comprehensive compliance coverage – including meeting the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).