The Internet live stats site (http://www.internetlivestats.com/) reports that, in September 2014, the Internet reached a milestone of over 1 billion active websites. One or more web servers host each of these websites. While some individuals and organizations host websites on their own servers, many choose to rely on hosting services provided by one of thousands of web hosting providers.
In addition to the network of global data centers, Microsoft Azure offers web hosting services that include many features that are not found elsewhere. Some features of Azure web hosting include: