Getting Started with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed and Microsoft partner hosted datacenters.

Below are some of the popular solutions provided by Microsoft Azure:

Web Apps

  • Create and deploy mission-critical web apps that scale with your business.
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Virtual Machines

  • Launch Windows Server and Linux virtual machines in minutes.
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Machine Learning
  • Powerful cloud based analytics, now part of Cortana Analytics Suite.
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Mobile Apps
  • Build engaging iOS, Android, and Windows apps.

  • App delivery from the cloud. No hassle.

SQL Database

  • A relational database-as-a-service that makes tier-1 capabilities easily accessible
  1. Scalable to thousands of databases
  2. Predictable performance you can dial up or down
  3. Availability—backed by replicas and an uptime SLA
  4. Data protection via auditing, restore and geo-replication
  5. Programmatic DBA-like functionality for efficient DevOps
  6. Self-managed for near-zero maintenance
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Selecting a SQL Server option in Azure: Azure SQL Database (PaaS) or SQL Server on Azure VMs (IaaS)

Azure has two options for hosting SQL Server workloads in the cloud:

--> Azure SQL Database: A SQL database native to the cloud, also known as a platform as a service (PaaS) database or a database as a service (DBaaS) that is optimized for software-as-a-service (SaaS) app development. It offers compatibility with the majority of SQL Server features.

--> SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines: SQL Server installed and hosted in the cloud on Windows Server Virtual Machines (VMs) running on Azure, also known as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

SQL Azure is a relational data storage service in the cloud - Getting Started with SQL Azure Development.

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