18 Facts About Microsoft Azure


Microsoft Azure, often referred to as Azure, is a cloud computing service operated by Microsoft for application management via Microsoft-managed data centers.

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Microsoft Azure has 94 point of presence locations worldwide as of April 2020.

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Microsoft Azure provides integration from these blockchain platforms to other Microsoft Azure services to streamline the development of distributed applications.

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Microsoft Azure functions are used in serverless computing architectures where subscribers can execute code as an event driven Function-as-a-Service without managing the underlying server resources.

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Customers using Microsoft Azure functions are billed based on per-second resource consumption and executions.

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Microsoft Azure suggests that satellite routing to the cloud can offer a speed advantage.

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Microsoft Azure's experiments using Xbox cloud have found there are parts of the world where it is faster via satellite than over terrestrial networks.

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In 2018, Microsoft Azure was available in 54 regions, with 12 new regions being developed.

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Microsoft Azure became the first large cloud provider that built facilities in Africa, with two regions in South Africa.

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An Microsoft Azure geography contains multiple Microsoft Azure Regions, such as for example "North Europe", "West Europe" .

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Each Microsoft Azure Region is paired with another region within the same geography; this makes them a regional pair.

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On June 19th 2019, Microsoft Azure announced the launch of two new cloud regions in the United Arab Emirates – Microsoft Azure's first in the Middle East.

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Microsoft Azure's management stated that these new datacenters will empower customers and partners to embrace the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and achieve more using cloud technologies.

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Microsoft Azure has been described as a "cloud layer" on top of a number of Windows Server systems, which use Windows Server 2008 and a customized version of Hyper-V, known as the Microsoft Azure Hypervisor to provide virtualization of services.

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Microsoft Azure provides a client-side managed class library that encapsulates the functions of interacting with the services.

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Microsoft Azure offers two deployment models for cloud resources: the "classic" deployment model and the Azure Resource Manager.

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In 2005, Microsoft Azure took over Groove Networks, and Bill Gates made Groove's founder Ray Ozzie one of his 5 direct reports as one of 3 chief technology officers.

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Microsoft Azure has stated that, per the USA Patriot Act, the US government could have access to the data even if the hosted company is not American and the data resides outside the USA.

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