The Azure Services Platform (Azure) is an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. The goal of Azure is to provide developers who want to write applications that run partially and/or entirely in a remote datacenter with a platform and set of tools. With the Azure Services Platform, processing and storage moves from individual corporate servers and websites to large Microsoft data centers.
With cloud computing services, corporate processing, storage, and network capacity no longer must be scaled to meet the highest expected level of demand. Microsoft’s datacentres contain processing and storage resources sufficient to meet maximum levels of demand.
Cloud-based applications and storage make it easier to share data. Enterprises can make applications available to partners without requiring users to remember different login credentials for the services each partner provides. Because all partners access the same cloud resident data, changes made by one application are automatically available to all.