| What can Azure do for Developers?
You probably know that Azure can host and run Virtual Machines. Perhaps you also know that you can deploy Linux on Azure too, e.g. CoreOS, Suse, Ubuntu. Azure didn’t start out as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting platform however; that capability was added later. Azure was initially built as a cloud platform to enable developers to build and scale applications that span Mobile, Cloud, and on-premises.
The Azure cloud platform can supply you, as a developer, a set of ready-to-consume managed services so that you can focus on building great functionality instead of fiddling with infrastructure. Because these managed services are able to be provisioned with a few clicks, it’s easy to get them up and running leaving you more time to concentrate on building features into your app.
Building app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone? Azure Mobile Services can take the hard work out of things like broadcast push messaging, offline app data sync, and social integration. Azure Mobile Services has cross platform APIs that you can use to provide a streamlined experience across multiple platforms – streamlined for both Developers as well as End Users.
Got some data you need to store? Azure has you covered. There are a number of data services ranging from fully managed Azure SQL Database, to DocumentDB – a highly-scalable NoSQL document database service, to Redis Cache for high throughput, low latency data access.
How do you manage your application code, or measure application performance when running in the cloud? You can be up and running in minutes using Visual Studio Online and you can even integrate your favourite tools like Git. Plugging Application Insights into your app can give you visibility over performance and errors, right down to the block of code in your language of choice.
There are many more services and building blocks in Azure. Find out more from the free developer jumpstart courses available on Microsoft Virtual Academy or head along to one of the upcoming MSDN NZ DevCamps in Auckland, Christchurch, or Wellington.
Head on over and create your free trial with NZ$250 of credit to get you started, or activate your MSDN benefits to get free monthly azure credits worth up to NZ$2500/yr, and get developing!