Windows Server on Azure

Discover the trusted cloud for Windows Server

Achieve more with your workloads on Azure

Microsoft Azure is built on a foundation of trust with unmatched security, seamless hybrid capabilities, and unparalleled innovation. Join the startups, governments, and Fortune 500 customers who run Windows Server on Azure. Find out why customers perceive Microsoft Azure as a trusted partner and provider that supports their top cloud priorities in this IDC white paper. Here's what customers are saying.

  • 94 percent of customers report that Microsoft Azure meets their compliance needs "very well".1
  • 88 percent of customers believe that Microsoft Azure provides a hybrid cloud environment "extremely well".1
  • 91 percent of customers running mixed workloads report that Azure supports their Microsoft workloads "very well".1

Reduce costs with unbeatable offers

See how your cost savings will add up with Azure:

Modernize workloads with unparalleled innovation

Accelerate the modernization of your infrastructure with new and improved features and applications on Azure that allow you to:

Protect Windows Server workloads with unmatched security

Get unified, powerful threat protection for your on-premises and cloud workloads. With the platform-level security and governance features of Azure Security Center, you get the advantage of:

Extend on-premises environments to Azure with seamless hybrid capabilities

Operate seamlessly across your on-premises datacenter and the cloud with Azure, the only cloud with end-to-end hybrid infrastructure and consistent security, identity, and management feature. Get built-in hybrid capabilities to:

  • Use familiar Azure Active Directory to connect your on-premises and cloud environments.
  • Bring Azure services and management to any infrastructure with Azure Arc.
  • Enable Azure services such as Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery, and Azure Monitor quickly and easily with Windows Admin Center.

Run your mission-critical workloads on a trusted cloud infrastructure


Simplify app and data protection with cost-effective backup and disaster recovery on Azure supported by highly available infrastructure.


Choose from a broad range of compute options and tap into a diversified range of Azure Virtual Machines to accommodate and scale every workload you create.


Run your core applications by integrating your VMware environments with Azure VMWare Solution or moving your single-tenant workloads to Azure Dedicated Host.

Estimate the cost savings of migrating your Windows workloads to Azure

Use this calculator to compare the total cost of ownership (TCO) of running Windows Server on Azure versus on-premises.

Join customers who are transforming their businesses with Windows Server on Azure

"Even as technology changes rapidly, we can respond and deploy what the organization needs thanks to the agility we gained with Azure, which leads to better clinical outcomes and more patient-first services."

Jeff Thomas, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Healthcare

"With Azure, we scale when needed and avoid huge overprovisioning costs."

Ralph Feltis, Senior Software Engineer, Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines

"Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin has really given us the ability to enforce a common UI look and feel for apps throughout the corporation—something that seems small but is very important."

Ashish Modi, Senior Software Developer, Allscripts

Tencent delivers seamless, play-as-you-go updates to gamers by working with Microsoft Server Fabric to take advantage of modern microservices architecture.


Accelerate your Windows Server migration with experienced partners

Dimension Data

1IDC White Paper, sponsored by Microsoft, “Addressing Enterprise Cloud Priorities with Microsoft Azure,” June 2020

2Price-performance claims based on data from a study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by GigaOm in February 2020. The study compared price performance between SQL Server 2019 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2019 Datacenter edition in Azure E32as_v4 instance type with P30 Premium SSD Disks and the SQL Server 2019 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2019 Datacenter edition in AWS EC2 r5a.8xlarge instance type with General Purpose (gp2) volumes. Benchmark data is taken from a GigaOm Analytic Field Test derived from a recognized industry standard, TPC Benchmark™ E (TPC-E). The Field Test does not implement the full TPC-E benchmark and as such is not comparable to any published TPC-E benchmarks. Prices are based on publicly available US pricing in West US for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines and Northern California for AWS EC2 as of January 2020. The pricing incorporates three-year reservations for Azure and AWS compute pricing, and Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server and License Mobility for SQL Server in AWS, excluding Software Assurance costs. Actual results and prices may vary based on configuration and region.

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