MICROSOFT AZURE AND THE BENEFITS OF USING AZURE MICROSERVICES
In our modern world, cloud computing applications are rapidly growing across all industries, especially in Information Technology infrastructure to expedite the business processes. These cloud computing frameworks have made the work much easier and productive. Research shows that almost 77% of the companies have at least a small portion of technical infrastructure on cloud.
There are two top cloud computing platforms that are dominating the cloud computing world. One is Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the other is Microsoft Azure.

WHAT IS MICROSOFT AZURE?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud-computing service that is used to deploy, maintain, test, and manage applications and services through Microsoft data centers. It was launched on 1st February, 2010 after the successful launch of one of its competitor AWS. It comes up with solutions including infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS). They can be used for services such as visual computing, data analytics, storage capacity, networking and much more.

SALIENT FEATURES OF MICROSOFT AZURE
Microsoft Azure offers some salient features. Below are quick facts about Azure:
• Azure is flexible. It means that we can manage the computational resources as needed.
• Azure is interoperable and open. It supports all operating systems (OS), framework and languages.
• Azure is reliable. Users can utilize its services 24/7 with never ending technical support.
• Azure services are global. Data scientists can store and utilize the resources from any remote area globally.
• Azure services are very economical and affordable. It means that users have to pay for what they using, and no more.

USES OF MICROSOFT AZURE
Microsoft Azure is used in:
• Application development
• Testing of applications
• Hosting the applications
• Creating virtual machines
• Integration of directories
• Providing virtual storage space

WHAT ARE MICROSERVICES?
Microservices are a method of developing software applications in which applications are made up of small independent modules. Each micro service communicates with each other using a well-defined API. These independent modules are so small that they implement only single functionality.

HOW AZURE MICROSERVICES STREAMLINES THE PROCESS
Using microservices in Azure makes the workflow very smooth as in Agile methodology. It divides the complete task into several chunks or phases rather than deploying or developing a complete application at once.

BENEFITS OF IMPLEMENTING AZURE MICROSERVICES
There are several benefits of using microservices in Azure such as it involves small development teams and it can be written in any programming language using any framework. It promotes agility in the process. Let's look at a few here in detail:
1. AGILITY
As we know that microservices are deployed and tested independently, so it is easier to diagnose errors and resolve bugs in each functionality. This is known as an Agile methodology. We can also update the single functionality without disturbing other ones. Unlike other services, if an error is found in an application it can be individually tested and updated without stopping other modules.
2. DEVELOP BETTER AND FAST APPLICATIONS
When we develop applications in phases and deploy in Azure, our process automatically becomes fast and better. Smaller modules require low computational power as they have a small functionality.
3. SIMPLIFIED APPLICATION PROCESS
By using Azure microservices, the lifecycle of developing your application gets simplified. It promotes agility and each phase of development becomes easy to implement and test accordingly.
4. ERRORS ARE ISOLATED
If an error occurs in a single independent module in an Azure microservice, it does not disturb the entire microservice application. It means that errors are isolated and can be handled independently. This advantage also focuses on the Agile methodology that streamlines the processes.
5. SIMPLICITY
It is very simple to develop a microservice as it is a single module or functionality. Deploying and testing this service in Azure is also a simple task and easy to understand.
6. CHOICE OF TECHNOLOGY
Developers can use any technology they want to use. They can use technology that best fits the service according to them. Each service can be developed using different technology. In this way, the process becomes agile and isolated.

CONCLUSION
Microsoft is the largest growing pool of cloud computing services with more than 250 services and several benefits. It is believed that Microsoft Azure’s overall revenue will exceed $20 billion by the end of 2021. This development in the execution of Azure by organizations is opening new doors for expert professionals in this innovation. There are some difficulties and challenges that come along the benefits of Azure microservices.

Even though using Azure microservices is comparatively advantageous to others, it becomes a complex task when it becomes a complete application. A small drawback of using this service is that you have to manage several modules and it is a challenge for a developer to integrate and deploy these functionalities in Azure.

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