Microsoft Azure is a flexible cloud platform allowing you to build, deploy, and manage applications and services across a network of secure datacenters that are managed by Microsoft. With Azure, you won’t be forced to choose between housing your data internally or migrating to the cloud. You can take advantage of Azure’s hybrid cloud capabilities to maximize your cloud investment where it makes sense for your business.
Create virtual machines for on-premises servers, or scale up to the cloud to help balance resources and increase your application’s availability. Virtual Machines can integrate Azure cloud capacity into your datacenter for global load balancing when you need it, or access true, on-demand HPC capabilities in the cloud.
Some cloud-hosting providers make you choose between your datacenter and the cloud. Azure doesn’t, you can easily integrate your existing IT environment. Scale up when you need to, rollback when you don’t. Pay for what you need when you need it.
Your environment can be protected by automating the replication of the virtual machines based on policies that you set and control. Site Recovery can protect Hyper-V, VMware and physical servers and you can use Azure or your secondary datacenter as your recovery site. Site Recovery coordinates and manages the ongoing replication of data by integrating with existing technologies including System Center and SQL Server AlwaysOn.