What Is Azure?

Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage solutions across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

What does that really mean? It means you can get global reach, infrastructure resilience and instant scalability without building a data center or the headache of managing physical IT equipment.

  • Build applications using any language, tool, or framework
  • 99.95% monthly SLA
  • Automatic operating system and service patching

Deploy Applications In Cloud Servers

Leverage Microsoft Azure to quickly deploy applications in the cloud

  • Cut infrastructure costs and reduce IT management burden
  • Deploy Microsoft workloads like SharePoint and SQL Server as well as third party business applications
  • Lift and drop applications into the cloud as they are on-premises (Windows Server 2012, IIS, etc.)
  • Deploy Hyper-V images from on premises to the cloud

Host Websites

Easily move websites to the cloud with Microsoft Azure

  • Quickly build, deploy, and manage websites on an open and flexible cloud platform.
  • Offer the peace of mind from hosting on a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers
  • Build using any development technology from Java to PHP to .NET
  • Tight integration with DevOps through continuous deployment and response monitoring
  • Scale up instantly for surging demand

Backup Data In the Cloud

Provide easy, scalable data backup in the cloud

  • Provide offsite backup for a range of uses including file servers, SharePoint and SQL Server
  • Encrypted backups, global geo-redundant datacenters
  • 99.9% availability guaranteed
  • Quickly and easily provision more storage as needed
  • Back up cloud files or on premises files with ease

Azure Data Center Location and Redundancy

Microsoft has invested more than $15 billion in building a highly scalable, reliable, secure, and efficient datacenter infrastructure. With one of the world’s largest networks, Microsoft’s cloud provides more than 3 terabits per second capacity to more than 2,000 networks.

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Azure Data Center Location and Redundancy

  • Microsoft’s global network of datacenters include more than one million servers in more than 100 datacenters
  • Datacenter locations include Amsterdam; Australia; Boydton, VA; Brazil; Cheyenne, WY; China; Chicago, IL; Des Moines, IA; Dublin, Ireland; Hong Kong; Japan; Quincy, WA; and San Antonio, TX
  • Creates three copies of data in each datacenter
  • Offers geo-replication in a datacenter 500+ miles away
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Azure Certifications and Compliance

By providing customers with compliant, independently verified cloud services, Microsoft makes it easier for customers to achieve compliance for the infrastructure and applications they run in Azure. Microsoft provides Azure customers with detailed information about security and compliance programs, including audit reports and compliance packages, to help customers assess our services against their own legal and regulatory requirements.

More information on specific compliance programs

Azure Certifications and Compliance

Microsoft has developed an extensible compliance framework that enables it to design and build services using a single set of controls to speed up and simplify compliance across a diverse set of regulations and rapidly adapt to changes in the regulatory landscape.

Program Description
ISO/IEC 27001 The ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certificate validates that Azure has implemented the internationally recognized information security controls defined in this standard.
SSAE 16/ISAE 3402
Azure has also been audited against the Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting framework for SOC 1 Type 2 (formerly SAS 70), attesting to the design and operating effectiveness of its controls.
SOC 2 Azure has been audited for SOC 2 Type 2, which includes a further examination of Azure controls related to security, availability, and confidentiality
FedRAMP/FISMA Azure has received Provisional Authorization to Operate from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB), having undergone the assessments necessary to verify that it meets FedRAMP security standards.
PCI DSS Level 1 Azure has been validated for PCI-DSS Level 1 compliance by an independent Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).
HIPAA BAA To help customers comply with HIPAA and HITECH Act security and privacy provisions, Microsoft offers a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to healthcare entities with access to Protected Health Information (PHI).
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