With Microsoft Azure nonprofits no longer have to have an in house server, along with the headaches that come from fixing and maintaining it. Microsoft automatically scales the compute resources used by Azure Functions, and you’re billed for only the resources you work with.
In September 2016, Microsoft Philanthropy announced it would offer a yearly $5,000 Azure credit to nonprofits around the world, making the powerful cloud computing infrastructure much more accessible to the nonprofit sector.
According to Microsoft, Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money.
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Azure provides both PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.