What is Azure
Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.
- Use the skillsets you already possess and the technologies with which you already are familiar to develop and deploy solutions using SQL Server.
- Work with a wide range of operating systems, programming languages, databases, and devices.
- Integrate Azure with your existing IT environment, including Active Directory for single sign-on.
- Scale up and scale down your Azure services based on demand so you only pay for what you need when you need it.
- Maintain data privacy. Microsoft with Azure services was the first major cloud provider to adopt the new international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018.
- Encrypt your SQL Server data both at rest and on the wire.
- Have enterprise-grade service-level agreements (SLAs) on services, 24/7 tech support, and round-the-clock service health monitoring.