Windows Azure

Cloud computing is here. Running applications and storing data on machines in an Internet-accessible data center can offer plenty of advantages. Yet wherever they run, applications are built on some kind of platform. For on-premises applications, such as those running inside an organization’s data center, this platform usually includes an operating system, some way to store data, and perhaps more. Applications running in the cloud need a similar foundation. The goal of Windows Azure is to provide this. Part of the larger Windows Azure platform, Windows Azure is a foundation for running your infrastructure, applications and storing data in the cloud.

Scale on demand, only pay for what you use

With Windows Azure, you can spin up new Windows Server and Linux virtual machines in minutes and adjust your usage as your needs change. With our pay-as-you-go approach, you only pay for what you use and there are never any penalties for changing your virtual machine configurations.

Best platform for Microsoft applications and databases

Windows Azure works seamlessly with your existing Microsoft applications and, unlike Amazon Web Services, Microsoft provides end-to-end support from the infrastructure to your operating system to your applications. Whether it's SQL Server, SharePoint, Active Directory, or Visual Studio, you'll get best in class support from Microsoft.

Best platform for dev and test

As an MSDN subscriber, you'll have access to an image gallery which contains multiple versions of the Windows Server operating system and additional server software like SQL Server, SharePoint Server and BizTalk Server enabling you to quickly develop and test components at discounted rates. You'll also be able to use your own MSDN server software licenses and bits to create Virtual Machines tailored to your specific needs.

Extend your environment

With Windows Azure Virtual Machines, you can deploy your own customized Windows Server or Linux images into a multi-zone, commercially backed SLA production environment in minutes or get started with a pre-configured image from our gallery. With Windows Azure and our Virtual Network technology, the cloud is a seamless extension of your datacenter taking full advantage of Microsoft System Center, Active Directory and Visual Studio.