My employer uses Office 365 (I registered my O365 account for Azure), and it was cool to see the corporate ADFS objects within Azure (as a standard user). I was also surprised to learn that Azure has 30 active sites around the world and how rich their PaaS offering is.
Getting Started (takes 5 minutes)
- You have a PC with a responsive and usable Internet connection
- Create an Azure account
- Provide a valid phone number that must be verified
- Provide a valid Credit Card
- Accept the Agreement
- Start using Azure immediately – there is a free trial (1 month period with $200 credit) for all services in some regions
- The UI is very intuitive and easy to use
- WARNING: You can spin-up most of the service catalogue. Do not forget and leave them running, your credit card will be charged.
- Pay-As-You-Go – Pay for what you use at a premium rate
- Azure in Open – Purchase Azure services from a partner using Microsoft’s Open Volume Licencing Program
- Developer Support
- Professional Direct Support
- Standard Support
Azure Service Categories
Azure currently lists all available services in 14 categories. Be aware that each category can contain duplicate services from other categories.
- Web + Mobile
- Intelligence + Analytics
- Internet of Things
- Enterprise Integration
- Security + Identity
- Developer Tools
- Monitoring + Management