Microsoft Azure Concepts

AzureI seem to be spending more and more of my time on Microsoft Azure, so thought it would be a good idea to start a blog series on Azure Concepts to provide an overview of the following:

  • Identity and Access
  • Availability Sets and Patching
  • Storage
  • Virtual Machines
  • Network Connectivity
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Disaster Recovery

What is Microsoft Azure?

So the first question is what is Microsoft Azure?  The best explanation that I could find is from Wikipedia

“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”

For me, the part which is missing from the above statement is “providing resources on demand on a pay as you go basis”.


To give you an idea of the current scale of Microsoft Azure, I thought it would be fun to share a few facts:

  • Microsoft Azure operates in 21 different regions
  • Microsoft Azure recieves over 90,000 new customers a month
  • 1.4 Million SQL Databases are held in Microsoft Azure
  • More than 50 Trillion storage objects in Microsoft Azure
  • Over 425 Million Azure Active Directory users
  • 3,200 Azure Marketplace applications are available

Trying to keep up to date in all things Microsoft Azure is a full time job.   To make things slightly easier Microsoft offer a Cloud Platform Roadmap which enables you to see the upcoming applications, services and infrastructure items.

Final Thought

Microsoft Azure is complicated, you often have a number of ways to achieve the same end results. Hopefully this upcoming series of blog posts will provide you with the concepts that underpin Microsoft’s cloud service offering.


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