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Microsoft Azure is a set of unified cloud services, which help IT professionals and developers to build, deploy and manage applications through the global network of Azure data centers.Overview of Azure ServicesAzure provides cloud services that can be used to design and implement your customized cloud solution and infrastructure. They allow you to:Migrate on-premises datacenter to Azure cloudDeploy cloud-based applicationsHost workload in the Azure cloudIntegrate Azure cloud services with an on-premises infrastructureAzure cloud services can be categorized as Compute, Network, Data and Storage, App Services, etc. These are few to name and there are much more to help with Identity and Access Management, Automation, Security, Availability, etc.Azure as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)Allows the user to access, manage and monitor the data centers. Thus, giving complete control of the OS and the application platform stack to the developers.The virtual machine can be completely modified to meet business requirements.IaaS facilitates efficient design time portability. Hence an application can be migrated to Microsoft Azure without rework.IaaS allows a quick transition of services to cloud, which helps the vendors to offer services to their clients easily.IaaS is perfect for the applications where complete control is required.Azure as PaaS (Platform as a Service)The client is provided with the platform to develop and deploy software, withouthaving to think about hardware and infrastructure. It takes cares of most of theOS, servers and networking issues.PaaS is fast with less hassle for developers; applications can go from idea to availability more quickly.PaaS is cost-effective with lower upfront investment and less admin / managementwork for organizations.PaaS lowers risk as platform is upto date with latest technology stack and toolsfor automation.Azure as SaaS (Software as a Service)Software as a service (SaaS) allows users to connect to and use cloud-based appsover the Internet, such as Office365.SaaS customers use the software running on the providers infrastructure. SaaS �is also referred as software delivered over the web.Advantages:Gained access to sophisticated enterprise applicationsPay only for what you useUse free client softwareMobilise your workforce easily
Access app data from anywhereAccessing AzureAzure can be accessed and managed through:Azure Classic Portal: This was the first portal in Azure that was being used before the launch of Azure Resource Manager (ARM). It was based on the Service Management model and provides limited Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) support.Azure ARM portalAzure Resource ManagerClient Tools likePowerShell - to run scripts from Windows.