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Microsoft Azure is a comprehensive set of public cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications over the Internet. Azure lets developers use the tools and open source technologies they already know. Azure supports a range of operating systems, mobile platforms, programming languages, frameworks, databases and devices. Microsoft lists more than 600 Azure services, including: virtual machine, Web Apps, analytics, storage, data management, SQL database, messaging, content delivery, developer, automation and machine learning. Users can pick and choose from these services to develop and scale new applications, or run existing applications, in the public cloud.

Microsoft Azure enables companies to build hybrid clouds by connecting data and apps in the cloud and on-premises. It offers hybrid consistency in application development, management and security, identity management and across the data platform. Azure supports data-driven, intelligent apps such as image recognition and bot services. Its data services and artificial intelligence help companies create scalable applications for machine learning, high-performance computing (HPC) simulations and real-time analytics. The Azure Security Center provides a central view of customers’ Azure resources for threat detection and mitigation. To ensure availability, Microsoft has Azure data centers located around the world.

Microsoft Azure and Office 365 offer businesses a cloud platform that combines company data sources, including Excel, with SAP HANA environments. All major Linux distributions are also available on Azure. SUSE Manager, along with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and its high-performance computing and real-time extensions, all run on Azure.