Microsoft Azure (also known as Windows Azure until 2014) is the cloud Internet platform developed by Microsoft Corporation. Actually it is one of the foundations of the Cloud OS (see Chapter 4) and a unique cloud toolkit. Microsoft Azure enables storing, using, and updating data (including big data) and running applications on server computers located in Microsoft datacenters worldwide. No extra software besides a Web browser is required on client computers for using Microsoft Azure.
Figure 5.1 illustrates the architecture of Microsoft Azure.
Interaction of a cloud user to Azure components is accomplished by the Azure management portal . The interface of the Azure management portal is depicted in Figure 5.2.
The Azure management portal is actually a new version of the Azure user interface, designed in the style close to that of Windows 8.x operating system.
Yet another latest version is Microsoft Azure portal (currently at the preview stage) available at . The style of the interface of the new Azure preview portal is shown in ...