Introduction to Microsoft Azure

<p>Microsoft Azure is collective brand name for Microsoft’s cloud computing services provide IaaS and PaaS service models. It covers a broad and still growing range of services that often form the foundational elements of cloud computing.</p>

<p>Cloud computing is a term for computing resources and service such as server and network infrastructure, web servers and databases hosted by cloud service vendors, rented by tenants and delivered via the internet.</p>

<p>There are three types of cloud service models, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). Microsoft Azure IaaS comprises of a number of globally distributed data centers that host virtualized servers controlled by the Azure Fabric Controller. When anyone hosts systems on Azure they become tenants and pay for their share of processing and network resources that they use through the subscription they choose. In this layer they can make use of services such as virtual machines, disk storage and network services.</p>

<p>Microsoft Azure PaaS services are the main entry point for most developers where they offered a set of tools and services that allow developing and deploying scalable and robust systems such as websites, worker roles and mobile services.</p>

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<p><strong>Services</strong></p>

<p>Microsoft lists over 600 Azure services of which some are listed below:</p>

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<li>Cloud Services:</li>

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<p>Azure can be used as a platform for building and deploying applications. Your developers can create the code with tools provided by Azure, and then virtual machines execute the application using windows Server. Since the development and hosting tools are purchased through a subscription, Azure Cloud Services is an example of what’s called Platform as a Service (PaaS).</p>

<p>Your application will run on virtual machines, but unlike with the Virtual Machines services,</p>

<p>Azure will install the operating system and continuously update it with any new patches. You</p>

<p>can use Cloud Services to create di¬fferent roles for users—web users and workers—and it’s really easy, as it is with all Azure tools, to scale up or down to accommodate more or fewer users. So you only ever pay for the computing power that actually gets used.</p>

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<li>Virtual Machines:</li>

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<p>Azure gives you the ability to create VMs simply by specifying the size and the Virtual Hard</p>

<p>Disk (VHD) you want to use. The VHD is the virtual version of a hard drive on a conventional computer; it’s where all the files and applications are saved. Azure provides access to both Windows and Linux VHDs, so developers have the freedom to choose what they want to work with. You pay according to how much time the VM is actually running. Developers can use VMs to build and test applications quickly at low cost.</p>

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<li>Web Sites:</li>

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<p>You can use Azure as a platform for creating and hosting websites and web applications. Web Sites support several diffÂŹerent development tools and content management systems. And it provides a low cost way to make your site available to however many visitors use it without having to maintain or upgrade any on-site servers.</p>

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<li>Mobile Services:</li>

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<p>Like Cloud Services, Azure’s Mobile Services give you the tools to create and deploy applications, but obviously in this case the apps are used on mobile devices. The information that gets accessed by the app running on your device is stored in what’s called a back-end database, and so Mobile Services is referred to as mobile Back-end as a Service (mBaaS). With Azure, you can build apps for Android, iOS, HTML/ JavaScript, and Windows Phone.</p>

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<ul>

<li>Data Management:</li>

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<p>Bring data in its original form and mix and match across a variety of data services for innovative, modern application designs. Windows Azure data services offer a consistent experience with relational and non-relational data, big or small. Optimize the cloud platform for the varying needs of the modern app. Enjoy more choices without making tradeoffs.</p>

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<p>Regardless of data service, you can count on the global availability of Windows Azure with data centers in eight regions, built-in geo-replication for storage, and cloud elasticity to support dynamic scale. Competitive pricing and management controls help you control costs. Just set maximums, and pay only for the storage and compute you use.</p>

<p>Design</p>

<p>Microsoft Azure uses a specialized operating system, called Microsoft Azure, to run its ‘fabric layer’: a cluster hosted at Microsoft’s data centers that manage computing and storage resources of the computers and provisions the resources to applications running on top of Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure has been described as a ‘cloud layer’ on top of a number of Windows Server systems, which use WS 2008 and a customized version of Hyper-V, known as the Microsoft Azure Hypervisor to provide virtualization of services.</p>

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