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Introduction to cloud computing

Lower cost

Cloud computing eliminates the expense of setting up and running on-site datacenters, which often have added costs such as employing staff and buying and maintaining land, buildings and computer hardware. The cloud allows businesses to access the computer resources they need in real time to match their business needs on demand.

Higher security

Security is a key focus of cloud providers, who invest huge sums of money into securing their infrastructure. Cloud providers typically also offer a broad set of policies, compliance, technologies and controls that strengthen your security posture by protecting your data, apps and infrastructure from threats.

Increased productivity

More efficiently develop and manage your applications with nearly unlimited cloud computing resources. Cloud providers continuously update their datacenter networks with the latest-generation hardware, providing you with fast, efficient computing resources that never go obsolete and would be more costly to implement in a single datacenter.

Global scale

Cloud computing runs on data centers around the world, providing overall resiliency and reliability by allowing your data to be backed up in more than one geographic location. This also allows your IT resources to be delivered from specific geographic locations when required.

Productive

Turn your ideas into solutions faster with Azure. Develop using any tool, language or framework you want and access 100+ services with great end-to-end tools to make you successful.

Hybrid

Get a consistent experience, whether in the cloud or on-premises and a comprehensive view across both environments. Azure has the broadest set of hybrid capabilities of any cloud provider.

Intelligent

Achieve more with a leading set of modern artificial intelligence (AI) services, tools and enterprise-grade infrastructure that allow you to run your AI workloads from anywhere at scale. Take advantage of pre-built APIs or build your own AI solutions easily, including custom machine learning models.

Trusted

With more certifications than any other cloud provider, Azure is a trusted partner and leader in privacy, compliance and security. Build your applications and migrate your infrastructure with peace of mind.

Between its industry-leading compliance and privacy certifications to built-in security controls and unique threat intelligence, Azure has everything you need to identify and protect against rapidly evolving threats.

  • Start with a secure foundation

    Reduce costs and complexities with a highly-secure cloud foundation that takes advantage of multi-layered security provided by Microsoft.

  • Streamline your compliance and enable business transformation

    Use built-in controls, configuration management tools, implementation and guidance resources and third-party audit reports to simplify your compliance needs.

  • Detect threats early

    Identify new threats and respond quickly with unique services informed by real-time global cybersecurity intelligence delivered at cloud scale.

Azure is global

The advantages of Azure over AWS

Competitive pricing

AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. Azure matches AWS pricing for comparable services.

Achieve more with open source on Azure

Use any open-source OS, languages and tools on Azure. Azure made the most contributions to GitHub in 2017 and it is the only cloud with integrated support for Red Hat.

Enhanced proactive security and compliance

Compare AWS and Azure and you will find that Azure’s compliance offerings—including 70+ compliance certifications—and are more comprehensive.

Get more value from your existing Microsoft investment

Keep using your organisation’s existing tools and knowledge: get a consistent experience across your on-premises and cloud technologies by integrating them with Azure Active Directory (AD).

Simultaneously, hybrid cloud is evolving from being the integration of on-premises datacenters with the public cloud, to becoming units of computing that are accessible even in the world’s most remote destinations.

By bringing these two new realities together—and with artificial intelligence running across all systems—we have entered the era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

The intelligent edge is a continually expanding set of connected systems and devices that gather and analyse data—close to your users, the data or both. Users get real-time insights and experiences, delivered by highly responsive and contextually aware apps. The Azure platform is built to provide an agile and secure experience across the intelligent cloud/intelligent edge in alignment with these enduring principles:

  • for simplifying the development and deployment of your solutions with consistent programming models, app services, data services, DevOps tools and support for open source technologies.
  • that reduces the complexity of managing security across a distributed infrastructure.
  • to manage profiles for cloud-to-edge solutions and guard against unauthorised access.
  • including monitoring, backup, disaster recovery and update management tools for cloud and edge environments.
  • allowing you to build, retrain and improve machine learning models that run at the edge to deliver real-time insights.
  • including edge devices provided by Azure and partners to ensure the right edge solution for your business.

Your cloud journey starts here

Learn more about cloud computing and Azure

What is cloud computing?

Understand the basics of cloud computing.

What is Azure?

Get an introduction to the Azure cloud platform.

Azure security

Learn more about why Azure is the trusted cloud platform.

Azure global infrastructure

Achieve global reach and local compliance.

Azure vs. AWS

Learn why Azure is the best public cloud.

The future of computing

Explore the intelligent edge.

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