• Microsoft's public cloud computing platform

  • Over 200 individual products and services

  • Build, run, and manage applications on Microsoft's global infrastructure

    • IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service

      • Virtual servers

      • You are responsible for maintaining the OS

    • PaaS - Platform as a Service (managed)

      • Cloud vendor maintains infrastructure for you

      • You focus on application code and data

    • SaaS - Software as a Service (managed)

      • Vendor provides a full software stack

  • Allows you to supplement or replace existing on-premise computing services

  • Main advantage: pay-as-you-go pricing

    • no up-front commitment for resources (though, in the long run prepaying saves money)

    • billed by the second for using resources

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