About Microsoft Azure Data Centers and It's Services

Azure Data Centers and Services


Azure services are hosted in physical Microsoft-managed data centers throughout the world. The data centers are located in multiple geographic areas, with a pair of regional data centers in each geographic region.

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Azure Data Centers

Azure Services: Compute, Storage, and Identity


Microsoft Azure provides cloud services for accomplishing various tasks and functions across the IT spectrum and those services can be organized in several broad categories. There are services for different usage scenarios and a wide range of services that can be used as building blocks to create custom cloud solutions.

Compute and Networking Services

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Azure Compute & Networking Services

Azure Virtual Machines - Create Windows® and Linux virtual machines from pre-defined templates, or deploy your own custom server images in the cloud.

Azure RemoteApp - Provision Windows applications on Azure and run them from any device.

Azure Cloud Services - Define multi-tier PaaS cloud services that you can deploy and manage on Windows Azure.

Azure Virtual Networks - Provision networks to connect your virtual machines, PaaS cloud services, and on-premises infrastructure.

Azure ExpressRoute - Create a dedicated high-speed connection from your on-premises data center to Azure.

Traffic Manager - Implement load-balancing for high scalability and availability.

Storage and Backup Services

Azure Storage - Store data in files, binary large objects (BLOBs), tables, and queues.

Azure Import/Export Service - Transfer large volumes of data using physical media.

Azure Backup - Use Azure as a backup destination for your on-premises servers.

Azure Site Recovery - Manage complete site failover for on-premises and Azure private cloud infrastructures.

Identify and Access Management Services

Azure Active Directory -Integrate your corporate directory with cloud services for a single sign on (SSO) solution.

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication - Implement additional security measures in your applications to verify user identity.

Azure Services: Web, Data, and Media


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Azure Web, Data and Media Services


Web and Mobile Services

Azure Websites - Create scalable websites and services without the need to manage the underlying web server configuration.

Mobile Services - Implement a hosted back-end service for mobile applications that run on multiple mobile platforms.

API Management - Publish your service APIs securely.

Notification Hubs - Build highly-scalable push-notification solutions.

Event Hubs - Build solutions that consume and process high volumes of events.

Data and Analytics Services

SQL Database - Implement relational databases for your applications without the need to provision and manage a database server.

HDInsight®- Use Apache Hadoop to perform big data processing and analysis.

Azure Redis Cache - Implement high-performance caching solutions for your applications.

Azure Machine Learning - Apply statistical models to your data and perform predictive analytics.

DocumentDB - Implement a NoSQL data store for your applications.

Azure Search - Provide a fully managed search service.

Media and Content Delivery Services

Azure Media Services - Deliver multimedia content such as video and audio

Azure CDN -Distribute content to users throughout the world.

Azure BizTalk Services -Build integrated business orchestration solutions that integrate enterprise applications with cloud services.

Azure Service Bus - Connect applications across on-premises and cloud environments.


Grouping and Colocating Services

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Grouping and Colocating Services

Grouping Related Services

When provisioning Azure services, you can group related services that exist in multiple regions to more easily manage those services. Resource groups are logical groups and can therefore span multiple regions.

Colocating Services by Using Regions

Although resource groups provide a logical grouping of services, they do not reflect the geographical location of the data centers in which those services are deployed. You can specify the region in which you want to host those services. This is known as colocating the services and it is a best practice to colocate interdependent Azure services in the same region. In some cases, Azure will actually enforce the colocation of services where a resource in that same region would be required.


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