Cloud data storage has many advantages over local storage and a lot of what cloud providers offer comes in the form of software subscriptions, like Microsoft’s Office 365 suite for example. But if you want to build or host applications in the cloud, you’ll want a service like Azure.
Azure is Microsoft's public cloud computing platform. It provides a range of services, including analytics compute, storage and networking. Users can select from these services to develop and scale new applications, or run existing applications, in the public cloud.
Azure Virtual Network gives you an isolated and highly secure environment to run your virtual machines and applications. Use your private IP addresses and define subnets, access control policies and more. Use Virtual Network to treat Azure the same as you would your own data centre.
You can create Microsoft or Linux virtual machines (VMs) in minutes from a wide selection of available templates or from your own custom machine images. These cloud-based VMs will host your apps and services just as if they were stored in your own data center.
Azure offers the service of managed SQL relational databases, from one to infinity saving you overhead and expenses on hardware and software.