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The Windows Azure Platform offers a range of businesses flexibility, control, and an affordable solution for running Web-scale applications. The services reduce tedious and expensive infrastructure management and planning and are built with security and reliability in mind, along with the option of a pay-as-you-go model.
Pay as you grow – Match usage needs with the option of pay-as-you-go pricing - paying for the services you use and reducing the capital costs associated with purchasing hardware and infrastructure.
Reduce operational costs – Azure reduces the need for up-front technology purchases and by running applications in the cloud you decrease the need for maintaining on-premise infrastructure.
Increase business efficiency and agility – by dynamically adding and subtracting capacity in real time. Azure simplifies maintaining and operating applications by providing on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web and connected applications.
Build and deploy software quickly and easily by capitalising on the same personnel, development tools and investments, and knowledge that already powers your IT organisation.
Easy developer on-ramp to the cloud – Millions of developers worldwide already use the .NET Framework and the Visual Studio development environment. Utilise those same skills to create cloud-enabled applications that can be written, tested, and deployed all from Visual Studio. Azure will support more programming languages and development environments in the future, such as Eclipse, Ruby, PHP, and Python.
Enables Agile & Rapid Results – Applications can be deployed to the Platform with the click of a button. Changes can be made quickly and without downtime, making it an ideal platform for affordably experimenting and trying new ideas.
Imagine and Create New User Experiences – The Platform enables you to create web, mobile, or hybrid-applications that use the cloud with on-premises applications. Combined with Live Services ability to reach over 400 million Live users, new opportunities exist to interact and reach users in new ways.
Offers choice –The open architecture gives developers the choice to build web applications, applications running on connected devices, PCs, servers, or hybrid solutions offering the best of online and on-premises.
Standards-Based Compatibility – The services platform supports industry-standard protocols, including HTTP, REST, SOAP, RSS, and AtomPub, for consuming, exposing, and integrating with third-party services. You can easily integrate applications built on a variety of different technologies and operating systems.
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