Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and set of services offered by Microsoft. It provides a wide range of cloud-based solutions, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS), to help businesses build, deploy, and manage applications and services through Microsoft’s global network of data centers.

Key features and services of Microsoft Azure include:

  1. Virtual Machines: Provision and manage virtual machines (VMs) running Windows or Linux operating systems in the cloud.
  2. Azure App Service: A fully managed platform for building, deploying, and scaling web applications, mobile backends, and APIs.
  3. Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS): Managed Kubernetes container orchestration service for deploying, managing, and scaling containerized applications.
  4. Azure Functions: Serverless compute service for running event-driven code without managing infrastructure.
  5. Azure SQL Database: Fully managed relational database service for building and managing SQL databases in the cloud.
  6. Azure Blob Storage: Scalable object storage service for storing and serving large amounts of unstructured data, such as documents, images, and videos.
  7. Azure AI and Machine Learning: Suite of AI and machine learning services for building and deploying intelligent applications and solutions.
  8. Azure DevOps: Integrated set of tools for planning, building, testing, and deploying applications and services.
  9. Azure Active Directory (AAD): Cloud-based identity and access management service for securing applications and resources.
  10. Azure Security Center: Unified security management and advanced threat protection for hybrid cloud workloads.

Microsoft Azure offers flexible pricing options, including pay-as-you-go, reserved instances, and enterprise agreements, to suit different business needs and budgets. It provides global coverage with data centers located in over 60 regions worldwide, ensuring low-latency connectivity and compliance with local data residency requirements. Azure is widely used by organizations of all sizes across various industries for digital transformation, application modernization, and innovation in the cloud.

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