What is Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a comprehensive cloud computing infrastructure and platform. It is designed to provide solutions depending upon individual needs and challenges in a Fast, secure and cost-effective way.
Microsoft Azure has created tremendous success as a global cloud-based system that excels at integrating numerous services, together with Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Software as a service (SaaS). It is very flexible, that makes it easy for developers and engineers from any background to work with it.
It supports many other programming languages like Python, .net, Java, PHP, frameworks, and tools which could include third-party systems as well.
Windows Azure provides the framework that binds with the cloud. It makes the millions of connected servers work together as a cohesive unit and offers an environment that has automated service management, computing potential, practically unlimited storage and rich developer experience. It also offers 24/7 availability and the ability to scale up and down with a very little amount. This allows developers to focus on building the app rather than the infrastructure.
Windows Azure creates a powerful service hosting environment. All of the hardware including servers & load balancers is virtualized and service is typically deployed across multiple fault domains and update domains resulting in high availability and fault tolerance. All this is done by cloud OS transparent to the service owner.
Reliable storage is an essential element of any application platform today. Windows Azure provides highly scalable cloud storage with the ability to store data in blobs, tables & queues.
Windows Azure provides the same familiar Visual Studio experience complete with a managed framework that developers could use. To make things even better Windows Azure team makes available a complete cloud experience on desktop that allows developers to build and test their cloud applications on a local desktop and yes you don’t need a windows server for doing this.
Internal Architecture and Technical Details
The operating system on which Microsoft Azure runs is called Microsoft Azure. It helps in running its fabric layer. Fabric layer manages whole computing and storage resources of the computers and provisions them to applications running on the Azure platform.
Its an API which is built on XML, REST and HTML, giving the developer the freedom to interact with all the services that come with Microsoft Azure features. Microsoft brings a client-side managed class library that contains the functions that interact with the services. It also integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse, and Git.
Cloud computing services
There are different levels of Cloud computing services available; Software as a service (SaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a service (IaaS). The most fundamental offering is “Infrastructure as a service”. The next level of service is “Platform as a service”. In addition to the infrastructure, you get the operating system, a database, a web server, an environment for executing code and additional services such as identity management, etc.
Microsoft Azure Business Benefits
1. Microsoft Azure is fast across the board in terms of deployment, operation, and scalability.
2. Azure is dynamic in nature, it can adapt in accordance with performance and utilization requirements. Thus reducing the need for a team of architects to monitor behavior, and enables them to focus on core objectives.
3. Microsoft Azure provides the tight Integrated Development Environment that can easily adapt the needs of developers.
4. Azure provides disaster recovery option.
5. Azure provides a combination of IaaS and PaaS services as well as efficient analytics and BI support.