Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leader Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS). Gartner defines application platform as a service as a cloud platform that enables the development and deployment of multitenant, elastically scalable business applications.
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Microsoft is the only cloud provider with fully supported IaaS (infrastructure services) and PaaS (application and data services) offerings, spanning a comprehensive hybrid cloud solution that integrates existing IT infrastructure with the latest cloud technology. Our approach and Microsoft’s unique ability to span private, public and partner clouds have led to phenomenal growth in an incredibly short time. Since the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, we are adding a thousand customers a day and have over 240,000 customers using the platform.
- Windows developers and those familiar with .NET languages and constructs find Azure a comfortable, compatible environment to work in. This brings opportunities for millions of developers and is a natural target for established Windows ISVs.
- The focus on mirroring capabilities and private cloud (Microsoft Cloud OS) means that enterprises can use Azure knowing that it integrates well with their existing environments and that they may have the option, in some cases, to run their applications in-house or on Azure.
- Microsoft’s vision is comprehensive, including support for integration BPM, in-memory computing, messaging and other functionality offered as cloud services in conjunction with its core aPaaS. Additionally, Azure’s services include the fast-growing IaaS and PaaS, allowing developers to use the right level of abstraction and to use both simultaneously in the same project.
- Azure supports Node.js, Java, PHP, Python and other environments besides .NET (including Linux in IaaS), enabling developers with backgrounds other than pure Microsoft to join the Azure environment in an attempt to broaden its addressable market.