Azure Terminology

Specialized terms are used to describe aspects of Azure such as the types of customers accommodated, the structure of deployments, the geographical layout of data centers, fault tolerance and scaling options, and service entities (such as VMs). The terminology has evolved since Azure debuted, and an understanding of the current terms can help organizations plan and communicate about Azure deployments.

Customer Types

Azure addresses multiple customer types through specific licensing, billing, deployment, and tool offerings. The customer types include the following:

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