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Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud computing services to help your organization meet its business challenges. Azure gives you the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your preferred tools and frameworks.


With 50 Azure regions worldwide and more than one million servers in over 140 countries, Microsoft’s cloud platform reaches more customers than AWS and Google combined. UK based customers using Azure can be safe in the knowledge that their data is stored in UK datacentres that are ISO 27001, HIPAA and UK G-Cloud compliant. While large businesses are benefiting from the trusted cloud platform, smaller businesses find it difficult to navigate. Even IT resellers can feel swamped with the sheer size of Azure.

But it can be broken down into smaller, easier to understand chunks. Think of Azure as a very large room with many interconnecting doors. Each door represents a separate function within Azure and it’s your choice whether you want to go through it. Understanding the basics is your first step to utilising the massive opportunities Azure represents.


Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the most popular way that businesses use Azure, exchanging legacy hardware from an onpremises environment for more flexible virtual machines (VMs) and servers within the cloud. You or your team handle the management of servers and fully control the operating system with the ability to use isolated VMs, secure boot and just-in-time access. Unlike onpremises, Azure can be scaled on demand to cope with periods of high business activity or, similarly, can be programmed to use less resources for a cost-effective return on investment.



Platform as a Service (PaaS) enables businesses to use Azure as a foundation to roll out their applications and data. You or your team no longer need to manage the infrastructure and can simply use the platform provided to scale an application with ease. PaaS is often the go-to for customers who wish to design an application directly within the cloud. However, if customers want to migrate their application into Azure, a technical audit is often required to see whether it would be possible in the first instance and cost-effective in the long run.