Cloud computing is when you access computing services—like servers, storage, networking, software—over the internet (“the cloud”) from a provider like Azure. For example, instead of storing personal documents and photos on your personal computer’s hard drive, most people now store them online: that’s cloud computing.
Cloud computing platforms, like Azure, tend to be less expensive and more secure, reliable, and flexible than on-premises servers. With the cloud, equipment downtime due to maintenance, theft, or damage is almost non-existent. You can scale your compute and storage resources—up or down—almost instantly when your needs change on Azure. Also, you typically pay only for the services you use, which provides a level of convenience and cost-control that’s almost impossible to achieve with on-site infrastructure.
Cloud computing eliminates the expense of setting up and running on-site datacenters, which often have added costs such as employing staff and buying and maintaining land, buildings, and computer hardware. The cloud allows businesses to access the computer resources they need in real time to match their business needs on demand.
Security is a key focus of cloud providers, who invest huge sums of money into securing their infrastructure. Cloud providers typically also offer a broad set of policies, compliance, technologies, and controls that strengthen your security posture by protecting your data, apps, and infrastructure from threats.
More efficiently develop and manage your applications with nearly unlimited cloud computing resources. Cloud providers continuously update their datacenter networks with the latest-generation hardware, providing you with fast, efficient computing resources that never go obsolete and would be more costly to implement in a single datacenter.
Cloud computing runs on data centers around the world, providing overall resiliency and reliability by allowing your data to be backed up in more than one geographic location. This also allows your IT resources to be delivered from specific geographic locations when required.
Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud computing services to help your organization meet its business challenges. With Azure, your business or organization has the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your preferred tools and frameworks.
Turn your ideas into solutions faster with Azure. Develop using any tool, language, or framework you want and access 100+ services with great end-to-end tools to make you successful.
Get a consistent experience, whether in the cloud or on-premises, and a comprehensive view across both environments. Azure has the broadest set of hybrid capabilities of any cloud provider.
Achieve more with a leading set of modern artificial intelligence (AI) services, tools, and enterprise-grade infrastructure that allow you to run your AI workloads from anywhere at scale. Take advantage of pre-built APIs, or build your own AI solutions easily, including custom machine learning models.
With more certifications than any other cloud provider, Azure is a trusted partner and leader in privacy, compliance, and security. Build your applications and migrate your infrastructure with peace of mind.
Security is a given in the cloud industry, but Azure’s proactive approach to security, compliance, and privacy is unique. With 70+ compliance offerings, Microsoft leads the industry in establishing clear security and privacy requirements and then consistently meeting these requirements.
implify security with built-in controls
Protect your workloads quickly with built-in controls and services in Azure across identity, data, networking, and apps. Get continuous protection with deeper insights from Azure Security Center. Extend protections to hybrid environments and easily integrate partner solutions in Azure. Find out more about security best practices in the following links: