25 Jan 2018
Our previous blog post (Year of the Cloud), argued that a tipping point had been reached in enterprise cloud adoption. In this post, we present an overview of Microsoft Azure, the world’s fastest growing cloud platform for corporate and public sector organisations.
What is Azure?
Launched in February 2010 (as Windows Azure), Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service for building, testing, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centres.
Azure provides Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) supporting a range of different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.
Since launch, Azure has grown to become the world’s best cloud services platform for corporate customers measured in terms of revenue; completeness of offering; future vision; scalability; use of advanced technologies to help customers drive digital transformation; and ability to perform across a wide range of industries – see Microsoft Azure: The World’s #1 Cloud Services Platform
In June of last year, the central role of Azure in supporting digital transformation was recognised by Gartner with Microsoft being positioned as a leader in their Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant for the fourth consecutive year – see Microsoft Azure: A Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant
More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies now use Microsoft’s cloud services.