Introduction

In this article, we will see about Microsoft Azure and Open Source. Let’s first start with what is Microsoft Azure and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a service (SaaS) services and the MEAN Stack. Microsoft Azure was created by Microsoft and it’s a Cloud computing platform for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers.

Microsoft Azure supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks of both Microsoft and 3rd party software and 


Image source (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msuspartner/2016/06/28/azure-partner-community-the-open-source-odyssey/)  

Microsoft Azure provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) services.


IaaS, Paas and SaaS

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) 

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is an instant computing infrastructure, provisioned and managed over the Internet. Quickly scale up and down with demand, and pay only for what you use.
To know more about IaaS check this link

Platform as a service (PaaS) 

Platform as a service (PaaS) is a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud, with resources that enable you to deliver everything from simple cloud-based apps to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications. You purchase the resources you need from a cloud service provider on a pay-as-you-go basis and access them over a secure Internet connection.
To know more about PaaS click here 

Software as a Service (SaaS)

Software as a Service (SaaS) allows users to connect to and use cloud-based apps over the Internet. Common examples are email, calendaring and office tools (such as Microsoft Office 365).
To know more about SaaS click here 

Here we can see more detail of each Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) services:


Microsoft Azure and Mongo, Express, Angular, and Node (MEAN)

Microsoft Azure not only supports .NET applications to be deployed in the Cloud. Microsoft Azure also supports deploying technologies like PHP, Node.js, Java, Python as we can see from our first image.

Microsoft Azure also supports building and deploying Mongo, Express, Angular, and Node (MEAN) Stack applications.

If we want to develop a powerful web application or powerful Single Page Application, and we need our application to run on multiple devices, then our choice will be the MEAN (Mongo, Express, Angular, and Node) Stack. For example, we are working on ASP.NET Core web application and we want to make our ASP.NET Core web application more powerful than a Single Page Application then we go with JavaScript frameworks like Angular and Node.js with our web application. 

To know more about MEAN and Microsoft Azure, kindly read the blog post http://open.microsoft.com/2016/10/10/running-mean-stack-microsoft-azure-part/ by Koushik Biswas to learn more.

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