Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure, commonly referred to as Azure (/ˈæʒər, ˈeɪʒər/ AZH-ər, AY-zhərUK also /ˈæzjʊər, ˈeɪzjʊər/ AZ-ewr, AY-zewr),[2][3][4] is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers. It provides software as a service (SaaS)platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and supports many different programming languages, tools, and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

Azure, announced at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October 2008, went by the internal project codename "Project Red Dog",[5] and formally released in February 2010, as Windows Azure before being renamed to Microsoft Azure on March 25, 2014.