Microsoft Azure is evolving universe. Couple years ago, there were only less than 15 services. Today, there are hundreds and Microsoft keeps adding more so expect even more to come.
Generally, the services are divided into the following group. There more than what is listed here, but these are the main groups.
- Data Management
- Messaging and Integration
- Identity and Access
- Big Data
See below graph to get some idea which service belongs to which group. Again, these are generally idea, not every service and group are listed here.
To get more detail on Azure Services and its groups, check out this Azure infographic from Microsoft.
Now, what do all these components mean to you as a developer? Each component is a tool and you can use it as a building block to your application, be it a web, mobile or windows application. To give you some ideas, this is what your typical application architecture would look like using Azure Platform.
What’s really amazing about Microsoft Azure is Microsoft has opened up Azure for ecosystem other than Microsoft. If you are MEAN stack developer, you can deploy MongoDB, Express, AngularJS and Node.js in Azure. You can even deploy MySQL, write PHP code or spin up Linux virtual machine in Azure. Yes, it’s now Microsoft Azure and not WIndows Azure anymore because it doesn’t just belong to Windows or .Net developers, but all kind of developers.
Azure is huge and it is the future. If you haven’t got your hand in Azure, roll up your shirt sleeves and get dirty now. And if you care to read more, head out to Introducing Microsoft Azure.