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Chapter 18: Azure Extensions > Introduction to Azure

Introduction to Azure

Azure is the Microsoft technology created to build and provide cloud-computing systems and applications. These applications will be hosted in the Microsoft datacenters and will give end users about 99.9% uptime, and the customer won’t need to invest in any infrastructure or IT services for their environment.

The concept of cloud computing invites companies to alter their perspective with regard to procuring expensive on-premises equipment and hard-to-manage support and consider moving to a service-oriented service Software as a Service (SaaS) where they pay for the time and resources consumed (similar to what we currently do for electricity or phone calls services).

Azure is the set of tools and APIs that changes the way a system or application is designed to support the cloud-computing platform offered by Microsoft. This way customers can scale the system as needed by choosing the number of servers they want to have the same application running as soon as the usage demands it at a low cost per month.


  

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