What is Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of datacenters. With Azure, you get the freedom to build and deploy wherever you want, using the tools, applications, and frameworks of your choice.

It’s everything you need in a complete solution—from technical documentation to partner resources.


Azure provides a wide range of VM sizes and images, enabling you to choose the best deployment options for you environment. Additional Azure benefits include:

  • Broad support for Open Source Software (OSS) approximately one third of all Azure VMs run Linux.
  • Full RedHat support.
  • Pay-as-you-go, consumption pricing options.
  • Hybrid use rights—provide the ability to leverage existing investments.


Azure delivers durable, highly available and massively scalable storage options - Blob, Queue, File and Disk - that keep pace with explosive data growth. Additional Azure benefits include:

  • Support for up to 80,000 IOPs.
  • Cost-effective solution for nearline, online and highly available business needs.
  • Locally redundant storage (3 locations).
  • Geo-redundancy options.


Azure offers numerous networking services to build sophisticated network topologies and extend datacenters to the cloud. Additional Azure benefits include:

  • Load balancers, traffic managers, and powerful content delivery networks for superior performance
  • High throughput, low latency, resilient
  • ExpressRoute connection options
  • The ability to leverage MPLS investments in Azure
  • Free ingress (unlimited) and free egress (first 5GB)