#Azure Global Service Overview
Azure is a comprehensive platform of cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of data centers. Integrated tools, DevOps, and Marketplace support you in efficiently building anything from simple mobile apps to internet-scale solutions. With Azure, users get the freedom to build and deploy services they want which using target tool, applications and infrastructure.
The Azure Platform is supported by a growing network of Microsoft-managed data centers. Microsoft has decades of experience running services such as Bing, Office 365, and Outlook.com. Azure is available in 140 countries, including China, and has invested in offerings specifically for the US Government and Germany. Azure supports 17 languages and 24 currencies, all backed by Microsoft's $15 billion (USD) investment in global data center infrastructure. Azure is continuously investing in the latest infrastructure technologies, with a focus on high reliability, operational excellence, cost-effectiveness, environmental sustainability, and a trustworthy online experience for customers and partners worldwide.
Azure is generally available in 54 regions around the world. We place a high priority on geographic expansion to enable higher performance, and to support your requirements and preferences regarding data location.
Azure in China is now available in China through a unique partnership between Microsoft and 21Vianet, one of the country’s largest third party telecommunications neutral internet infrastructure service providers.
Azure Germany is a differentiated option with separate accounts and pricing. It delivers our industry-leading services from German data centers, with data residency in Germany, and strict data access and control measures provided through a unique data trustee model governed under German law.