System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 can use Microsoft's public cloud services in order to provide an even greater value to your organization. You can use Windows Azure as a backup location so that clients can access your services and applications. Another service that you can integrate with is Windows Intune. You can use Windows Intune together with System Center Configuration Manager to deliver applications to mobile devices, to manage them, and to provide them with secure access to your company data.
In order to integrate Configuration Manager with the public cloud, you have to fulfil the prerequisites. The prerequisites can be classified into the following groups: