Azure is Microsoft’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering which provides cloud-based compute, databases, storage, networking, identity, virtual desktops and a wide variety of services such as Cognitive Services (including Azure OpenAI) connected over the internet or a VPN.
Azure comprises a global network of Azure regions all interconnected with Microsoft’s own fibre backbone. Each Azure region (e.g. UK South or US West) comprises at least 3 data centres.
Key benefits of Azure include: