Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web for moving faster, achieving more and saving money.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. It provides both PaaS and IaaS services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.
Cloud Services is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment and can be used to create scalable applications and services. It supports multi-tier architectures and automated deployments. Previously named "Hosted Services", the Cloud Services for Microsoft Azure comprise one aspect of the PaaS offerings from the Microsoft Azure Platform. The Cloud Services are containers of hosted applications. These applications can be Internet-facing public web applications (such as web sites and e-commerce solutions) named "Web Roles", or they can be private processing engines for other work, such as processing orders or analyzing data named "Worker Roles".Microsoft Azure began as a Windows Server-based cloud platform, but has since grown to become a very flexible cloud platform that enables developers to use any language, framework, or tool to build, deploy and manage applications. According to Microsoft, Azure features and services are exposed using open REST protocols. The Azure client libraries, which are available for multiple programming languages, are released under an open source license and hosted on GitHub. Microsoft Azure allows users to launch a Windows Server or a Linux OS while using the cloud. Virtual Machines can also store images in a gallery from which you can choose to publish.With Microsoft Azure, you can scale on-demand resources to grow along with your business. You can even move virtual hard disks between on-premises and cloud servers with Azure’s System Center.