In our previous article (the first in a two part series), we looked at some of the trends in cloud computing. To recap, cloud computing is expected to grow at a robust pace in 2016. The primary driver for this growth are the cost benefits of outsourcing the hard- and software required for technology based services, which in turn depends on the state of global economy. Cloud-based services comprise Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service and all three are projected to experience healthy demand. Microsoft currently provides services for two of the three segments (IaaS and PaaS) through its Azure offering. And it offers the third (SaaS) separately on Azure via applications such as Office 365, X-box Live, Bing, etc. In this article, we will look at Azure platform from Microsoft.