Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment. Azure provides automatic OS and service patching, built in network load balancing and resiliency to hardware failure. It enables you to easily scale your applications to any size. Azure is a fully automated self-service platform that allows you to provision resources within minutes. Elastically grow or shrink your resource usage based on your needs.