Platform as a Service (PaaS)
The Microsoft Azure platform provides a cloud services operating system and a set of services to support easy development and operation of applications for the platform. The platform provides functionality to build and manage applications that span from consumer Web to enterprise scenarios. Azure and SQL Azure are the key components of the Azure platform. Azure is the development, service hosting, and service management environment for the Azure platform. SQL Azure provides data services, including a relational database, reporting, and data synchronization.