Azure compute services overview


The current post presents an overview of the Azure compute services, as of late March 2022. Given the dynamic nature of public clouds, this list will most likely change soon in the near future but nevertheless acts as a general point of reference when discussing Azure compute services. You find an overview of all Azure service categories at

Azure compute services

Azure offers the following compute services.

App Service

Quickly create powerful cloud apps for web and mobile

Azure CycleCloud

Create, manage, operate, and optimize HPC and big compute clusters of any scale

Azure Quantum

Jump in and explore a diverse selection of today’s quantum hardware, software, and solutions

Azure Spot Virtual Machines

Provision unused compute capacity at deep discounts to run interruptible workloads

Azure Spring Cloud

Build and deploy Spring Boot apps with a fully managed service from Microsoft and VMware

Azure VMware Solution

Run your VMware workloads natively on Azure


Cloud-scale job scheduling and compute management

Cloud Services

Create highly-available, infinitely-scalable cloud applications and APIs

Linux Virtual Machines

Provision virtual machines for Ubuntu, Red Hat, and more

SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

Migrate SQL Server workloads to the cloud at lower total cost of ownership (TCO)

Static Web Apps

Streamlined full-stack development from source code to global high availability

Virtual Machine Scale Sets

Manage and scale up to thousands of Linux and Windows VMs

Virtual Machines

Provision Windows and Linux VMs in seconds

Azure Virtual Desktop

Enable a secure, remote desktop experience from anywhere

Azure Dedicated Host

A dedicated physical server to host your Azure VMs for Windows and Linux

Azure VM Image Builder

Simplify your image building process with easy to use tool

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Deploy and scale containers on managed Kubernetes

Azure Functions

Execute event-driven serverless code with an end-to-end development experience

Azure Container Instances

Launch containers with hypervisor isolation

Azure Service Fabric

Deploy and operate always-on, scalable, distributed apps

Becoming certified in Azure compute services

The most relevant certifications begin with Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900 exam) and continue with the following exams and certifications:

Microsoft offers free MS Learn courses on Azure compute services:


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