Power your business apps with Azure

From SAP and Oracle to IBM, Red Hat and Microsoft applications, Azure runs all of your business applications by providing global scale, consistency and seamless integration with on-premises environments. It is the public cloud for running your business apps.

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Move to the cloud with confidence

Azure is built on the same technologies that you (and millions of others) already trust: Windows Server, SQL Server, Active Directory, Hyper-V, and more. This means a consistent, familiar and stable environment. Move your virtual machines between on-premises and the cloud as often as your business needs dictate—no conversion needed. Help protect your business critical applications with managed cloud backups and Disaster Recovery as a service built in. For applications spanning on-premises and Azure, take advantage of ExpressRoute for a private, fast and reliable connection.

Experience the ultimate in performance

With unparalleled compute and storage performance, Azure is where to run your demanding workloads. G Series virtual machines and >80,000 IOPs of Premium Storage performance deliver a powerful combination for your data-intensive workloads, including SQL Server, SQL Data Warehouse, Oracle databases, NoSQL databases and SAP SD Standard Application. In fact, we broke a world record for running an SAP SD Standard Application in a public cloud environment. Azure G and D Series virtual machines run on the latest Intel cloud technology, which are designed with the latest Intel Xeon processors. For you, that means record-breaking performance and reliability that can handle your data and compute-intensive applications.

Simplify complex environments

You don’t need to be an expert on configuring, deploying and maintaining your business applications—because we are here to help. Choose from a growing number of pre-packaged templates to get started immediately. These templates are based on tried and tested configurations and help you easily set up complex environments for applications, including SharePoint and Dynamics AX.

Get more out of your existing Microsoft licenses

We are enabling a hybrid world because that is what you want. You have asked for the ability to move existing Windows Server and Windows licenses to Azure, just as you can with other popular Microsoft products, such as SQL Server and SharePoint. And we are pleased to say that we are making that possible.

Rely on first-class support

Azure is not just about Microsoft software. It is an open and flexible cloud that supports multiple operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, tools, databases and devices—it is about your business needs. We continuously work with industry-leading software vendors to certify their applications on Azure and to give you peace of mind. We have unique relationships with SAP, IBM, Oracle and Red Hat so that you get a first-class support experience. In addition, Azure Marketplace provides more than 3,400 certified applications that are ready to be deployed.

Choose flexible pricing for your apps

We are committed to giving you the best pricing and flexible options. For many apps, you can bring your existing licenses to Azure or enjoy a pay-as-you go model. You can also take advantage of various pricing plans that fit your unique needs. If you have predictable workloads with well-defined compute requirements, you can take advantage of the Compute Pre-Purchase Plan—and save up to 63 percent on your compute costs. And if you are moving a significant number of workloads to Azure, but at a moderate or less predictable pace, the Compute Option provides great pricing with more budget flexibility. The more you use Azure compute, the more you save.