Azure 101

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through the global network of Microsoft datacentres.

With Azure, customers get the freedom to build and deploy wherever they want, using the tools, applications and frameworks of their choice. This freedom also enables customers to work alongside trusted partners and advisors to achieve their technology goals faster than ever before.

Microsoft Azure uses a specialized operating system, called Microsoft Azure, to run its “fabric layer” a cluster hosted at Microsoft’s data centers that manages computing and storage resources of the computers and provisions the resources (or a subset of them) to applications running on top of Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure has been described as a “cloud layer” on top of a number of Windows Server systems, which use Windows Server 2008 and a customized version of Hyper-V, known as the Microsoft Azure Hypervisor to provide virtualization of services.

Azure provides an API built on REST, HTTP, and XML that allows a developer to interact with the services provided by Microsoft Azure. Microsoft also provides a client-side managed class library that encapsulates the functions of interacting with the services.

Azure AD

Active Directory in the cloud.

Azure SQL

Cloud scale Relational Data.

CosmosDB

Schema free NoSQL at hyper scale.

Virtual Machines

Windows & Linux VMs in the cloud.

In addition to interacting with services via API, users can manage Azure services using the Web-based Azure Portal. The portal allows users to browse active resources, modify settings, launch new resources, and view basic monitoring data from active virtual machines and services.

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