Microsoft Azure helps small and midsize businesses grow with greater efficiency and be more responsive to change. It is a flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool, or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment. With Azure, you can be up and running fast, scale up or down as needed, and avoid high capital costs—paying only for what you use.
The Azure Platform is supported by a growing network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Microsoft has decades of experience running services such as Bing, Office 365, and outlook.com. Azure is available in 141 countries, including China, and supports 10 languages and 19 currencies, all backed by Microsoft's $15 billion investment in global datacenter infrastructure.
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Why the Cloud?
With all the talk of cloud computing today, it can be helpful to take a step back and really understand what the cloud is and why it matters to your business.
At the most basic level, the public cloud is about instantly extending your IT infrastructure. And it can offer small and midsize organizations a lot of great benefits:
It means you can be up and running fast. You bring products and services to market faster than the competition, and spend more time innovating and less time managing IT infrastructure.
It means you instantly have global scale. So you have everything you need to support your business growth ready to go when you need it. This means you don’t have to worry about running out of capacity for things like file storage or scaling up your applications to support more employees or customers.
And it means you can run your operations more cost-effectively. With the cloud, you pay only for what you use, helping you save money as you grow your business. This can be especially beneficial for any applications that have variable computing needs, whether you need to quickly accommodate the storage of large files, or you need to meet peak customer demand for an online sale. Moving to the cloud also means you don’t have to make capital investments in hardware, freeing up budget to spend on other business needs.
The cloud also offers small and midsize organizations enterprise-level security, with the high level of data protection and datacenter security required by the largest organizations.
For a lot of small and midsize businesses, it isn’t practical if the cloud is an “all or none” proposition. They need the flexibility to run some applications on-premises, while moving others to the cloud when it makes sense. This is where Microsoft is different. We are the only vendor that offers a consistent technology platform, whether you are running servers on-site, virtualizing your workloads, or moving them to the cloud. Microsoft offers the same familiar tools to make this “hybrid” IT approach easy and seamless. So whether you are testing the cloud for the first time, or going “all-in,” Microsoft has the platform and tools to help you every step of the way.