Windows Azure

Introducing Windows Azure

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud platform. You can use Windows Azure to build, deploy and manage your cloud applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Windows Azure provides many options for hosting your cloud sites and applications. Deploy your applications to Azure WebSites for low cost, zero maintenance, easy scaling, and FTP or GIT deployment support. Or deploy your app to Windows Server or your choice of Ubuntu, CentOS or Suse Linux VMs. For the ultimate in scale and manageability you can also build on our Cloud Services PaaS platform using ourPHP SDK. Our SDK is also open source and available on GitHub (

How does Windows Azure leverage PHP?

PHP is the most popular scripting language in the world and powers the vast majority of the web. That’s important to us and why we provide support for it throughout the Windows Azure platform. We have support for PHP 5.3 and 5.4 natively in our Windows Azure Websites which allows developers to only deploy their app and database, making management much easier. Our Windows Azure SDK for PHP makes it easy to build distributed applications on our Cloud Services platform and is easy to get via our Composer or PEAR packages.

Why does Windows Azure support our community?

At Microsoft we care most about making developers happy and successful. PHP has one of the most active and vibrant communities out there building the next generation of applications and websites. We want to show the community the things we are doing which makes building applications and sites for the cloud easier and better.

Coming to events like PHP Benelux gives us the opportunity to show developers what we’ve been working on but just as important it allows us to learn from the community to continue to build and deliver great support for PHP.

Join us also on March 12 at the PHP Food for Thought session during the Microsoft Open Week. There you’ll have the opportunity to hear more about PHP on Azure and listen to the confessions of a number of PHP developers that are already running on Azure.