Azure is the public cloud services offering from Microsoft. Microsoft datacenters deliver Azure services over the Internet. Customers can subscribe to a variety of the Azure services that run in these datacenters, typically at a cost lower than they might incur if they purchased or hosted their own hardware, or built their own services and software.
Individuals, customers, and Microsoft partners can use several methods to access Azure–based services. Partners have access to programs such as Microsoft Azure platform Cloud Essentials for Partners and Cloud Accelerate. Both customers and partners can access resources through MSDN and through the Microsoft BizSpark program, each of which provides a predefined amount of resources and services to build solutions.