Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through Microsoft's global network of datacenters. With Azure, users get the freedom to build and deploy wherever they want, using the tools, applications, and frameworks of their choice.
The Azure Platform is supported by a growing network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Microsoft has decades of experience running services such as Bing, Office 365, and outlook.com. Azure is available in 140 countries, supports over 17 languages and 24 currencies, all backed by Microsoft's $15 billion (USD) investment in global datacenter 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 36 regions around the world, with plans announced for 4 additional regions. We place a high priority on geographic expansion to enable higher performance and to support various requirements and preferences regarding data location.
Azure in China is available through a unique partnership between Microsoft and 21Vianet, one of the country's largest Internet services providers.
Azure Germany provides services under a data trustee model. Customer data remains in Germany under the control of T-Systems International GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, acting as the German data trustee.