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Microsoft Azure provides cloud services for a wide range of enterprise and government customers. The core of Microsoft Azure provides four primary functions on which customers build and manage virtual environments, applications and associated configurations.
Microsoft, with its unique experience and scale, delivers these services to many of the world’s leading enterprises and government agencies. Today, the Microsoft cloud infrastructure supports over 1 billion customers across our enterprise and consumer services in 140 countries and supports 10 languages and 24 currencies. Drawing on this history and scale, Microsoft has implemented software development with enhanced security, operational management, and threat mitigation practices, helping it to deliver services that achieve higher levels of security, privacy, and compliance than most customers could achieve on their own.
Microsoft shares best practices with government and commercial organisations and engages in broad security efforts through the creation of centers of excellence, including the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft Security Response Center, and Microsoft Malware Protection Center.
“From a security point of view, I think Azure is a demonstrably more secure environment than most banks’ datacenters.”
John Schlesinger, Chief Enterprise Architect, Temenos (Switzerland)
Azure can help reduce the cost, complexity, and risk associated with security and compliance in the cloud. A survey funded by Microsoft and performed by ComScore9 found that while many organisations have initial concerns about moving to the cloud, a majority of cloud adopters reported that they achieved significant security benefits. These security benefits are reported because few individual organisations can replicate the technology and operational processes that Microsoft uses to help safeguard its enterprise cloud services and comply with a wide range of international standards. When companies use Azure, they benefit from Microsoft’s unmatched scale and experience running compliant online services around the globe. Microsoft’s expertise becomes the customer’s expertise.