© Suren Machiraju and Suraj Gaurav 2019
Suren Machiraju and Suraj GauravHardening Azure Applicationshttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-4188-2_1

1. Introducing the Cloud Computing Platform

Suren Machiraju1  and Suraj Gaurav1
Issaquah, WA, USA

This chapter introduces two of the most widely used cloud platforms—Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

We will begin with a review of cloud concepts and the relevance and benefits of using the cloud. Then, we’ll discuss how to assess whether your application is a good fit for cloud platforms. Finally, we will look at some of the most significant service offerings these two cloud platforms have to offer.

Cloud and Platform

The term cloud originates from network diagrams that use a cloud shape to indicate ...

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