Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
Save money and achieve more with Azure IaaS
The advantages of IaaS with Azure
Today's businesses face significant challenges, from enabling a remote work infrastructure and responding to increased cyberattacks to managing reduced cash flow.
Take advantage of highly available, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure with Azure—and only pay for the resources that you use.
Get help to:
- Empower remote productivity with a seamless virtual desktop experience.
- Deliver efficiency with unified security and management capabilities.
- Save money by migrating to the cloud and getting more value from your existing investments.
Meet today's challenges with infrastructure from Microsoft Azure
See how to improve employee productivity, protect your data and networks, and reduce your IT expenses.
Empower remote work anywhere
Build remote work infrastructure to quickly deploy virtual desktops and apps and securely connect to any resource.
Enable business continuity
Adopt simple, cost-effective cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions to avoid costly business disruptions.
Secure your organization
Protect your workloads and networks with industry-leading intelligence and built-in security controls.
Efficiently run hybrid environments
Manage and govern servers, Kubernetes clusters, and apps across on-premises and multicloud from a single control plane.
Save money with migration
Improve cash flow, reduce IT costs, and increase operational efficiency by migrating Windows Server, SQL, and Linux workloads to the cloud.
Simplify and accelerate SAP migration
Bring the intelligence, security, and reliability of Azure to your mission-critical SAP apps.
Modernize on-premises infrastructure
Optimize your price performance by consolidating on-premises apps on cloud-connected hyperconverged infrastructure.
Optimize workload costs
Continuously optimize the cost of your Azure workloads with tools and best practices to monitor, analyze, and forecast your spend.
Build infrastructure solutions with Azure IaaS services and products
Access cloud compute capacity, virtualization, and scale on demand—and only pay for the resources you use.
Scale and secure cloud storage for your data, apps, and workloads.
Connect your cloud and on-premises infrastructure securely on a global scale.
Protect your workloads and infrastructure with built-in security services and unparalleled intelligence.
Simplify, automate, and optimize the management and compliance of your cloud resources.
Support Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and scale virtualized Windows desktops and apps.
Deliver innovation across your on-premises, multicloud, and edge environments.
Run compute-intensive workloads with maximum performance, scalability, and cost efficiency.
Take advantage of seamless hybrid operations, unmatched security, and big cost savings by running Windows Server on Azure.
Conveniently run and manage your apps with your favorite Linux distribution on Azure.
Bring the intelligence, security, and reliability of Azure to your SAP applications.
Run your VMware workloads natively on Azure and provision your environment within minutes.
Customers are doing great things with Azure IaaS
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Frequently asked questions
This is the most basic category of cloud computing services. With IaaS, you rent IT infrastructure—servers and virtual machines (VMs), storage, networks, and operating systems—from a cloud provider on a pay-as-you-go basis.
A virtual machine (VM) behaves like a server—a computer within a computer that provides the user the same experience they would have on the host operating system itself. In general, VMs are sandboxed from the rest of the system, meaning that the software inside a virtual machine can’t escape or tamper with the underlying server itself. Each VM provides its own virtual hardware including CPUs, memory, hard drives, network interfaces, and other devices.
Azure Virtual Machines are the Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) used to deploy persistent VMs with nearly any server workload that you want. They are image service instances that provide on-demand and scalable computing resources with usage-based pricing.
Azure Virtual Machines are optimized for general purpose or storage, memory, compute, and graphics-intensive workloads and are offered in a variety of types and sizes to meet your needs and keep your budget in check.
Azure Disk Storage is high-performing, highly durable block storage designed to be used with Azure Virtual Machines. With unmatched resiliency, seamless scalability, and built-in security, Azure Disk Storage delivers the price-performance you need for your mission and business-critical applications.
The Azure global network is one of the largest global networks, available in more than 60 regions and consisting of more than 165,000 miles of private fiber. The Azure global network and services follows a Zero Trust approach when it comes to security and connects distributed workloads and locations across the world, enabling you to deliver your hybrid and cloud-native applications securely and efficiently, with low-latency.
In general, hybrid cloud computing refers to a cloud environment that combines public cloud and on-premises infrastructure, including private cloud, by allowing data and apps to be shared between them. It expands your cloud deployment options, offering greater flexibility to scale resources and take advantage of cloud tech innovations, while giving interoperability with on-prem environments.
Discover unique hybrid capabilities with Azure that give you the flexibility to innovate anywhere in your on-premises, multicloud, and edge environments.
Scale your mission-critical applications on Azure, without compromising performance, and protect your most valuable data with compliance and security certifications. Tailor your cloud infrastructure to host your business-critical apps or let Azure do it for you with managed services. Run your workloads on Linux and Windows, tapping into an open platform with a vibrant ecosystem.
Cloud services providers sometimes call cloud computing services a "stack", because they build on top of one another. While infrastructure as a service (IaaS) represents the most basic services in the stack, other services are often used together with IaaS, such as platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and serverless computing.
PaaS refers to services that supply an on-demand environment for developing, testing, delivering, and managing apps. PaaS is designed to make it easier for developers to quickly create web or mobile apps, without having to set up or manage the underlying infrastructure of servers, storage, network, and databases needed for development.
SaaS is a method for delivering software apps—on demand and typically on a subscription basis. Cloud providers offer SaaS to host and manage software apps and underlying infrastructure, and handle any maintenance, like software upgrades and security patching. Users connect to the app over the Internet, usually with a web browser on their phone, tablet, or PC.