Azure services

Availability of services across Azure regions depends on a region's type. There are two types of regions in Azure: recommended and alternate.

  • Recommended: These regions provide the broadest range of service capabilities and currently support availability zones. Designated in the Azure portal as Recommended.
  • Alternate: These regions extend Azure's footprint within a data residency boundary where a recommended region currently exists. Alternate regions help to optimize latency and provide a second region for disaster recovery needs but don't support availability zones. Azure conducts regular assessments of alternate regions to determine if they should become recommended regions. Designated in the Azure portal as Other.

Service categories across region types

Azure services are grouped into three categories: foundational, mainstream, and strategic. Azure's general policy on deploying services into any given region is primarily driven by region type, service categories, and customer demand.

  • Foundational: Available in all recommended and alternate regions when the region is generally available, or within 90 days of a new foundational service becoming generally available.
  • Mainstream: Available in all recommended regions within 90 days of the region general availability. Demand-driven in alternate regions, and many are already deployed into a large subset of alternate regions.
  • Strategic (previously Specialized): Targeted service offerings, often industry-focused or backed by customized hardware. Demand-driven availability across regions, and many are already deployed into a large subset of recommended regions.

To see which services are deployed in a region and the future roadmap for preview or general availability of services in a region, see Products available by region.

If a service offering isn't available in a region, contact your Microsoft sales representative for more information and to explore options.

Region type Non-regional Foundational Mainstream Strategic Availability zones Data residency
Recommended Y Y Y Demand-driven Y Y
Alternate Y Y Demand-driven Demand-driven N/A Y

Available services by category

Azure assigns service categories as foundational, mainstream, and strategic at general availability. Typically, services start as a strategic service and are upgraded to mainstream and foundational as demand and use grow.

Azure services are presented in the following tables by category. Note that some services are non-regional. That means they're available globally regardless of region. For information and a complete list of non-regional services, see Products available by region.

An icon that signifies this service is foundational. Foundational An icon that signifies this service is mainstream. Mainstream
Azure Application Gateway Azure API Management
Azure Backup Azure App Configuration
Azure Cosmos DB Azure App Service
Azure Event Hubs Azure Active Directory Domain Services
Azure ExpressRoute Azure Bastion
Azure Key Vault Azure Batch
Azure Load Balancer Azure Cache for Redis
Azure Public IP Azure Cognitive Search
Azure Service Bus Azure Container Registry
Azure Service Fabric Azure Container Instances
Azure Site Recovery Azure Data Explorer
Azure SQL Azure Data Factory
Azure Storage: Disk Storage Azure Database for MySQL
Azure Storage Accounts Azure Database for PostgreSQL
Azure Storage: Blob Storage Azure DDoS Protection
Azure Storage Data Lake Storage Azure Event Grid
Azure Virtual Machines Azure Firewall
Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets Azure Firewall Manager
Virtual Machines: Av2-series Azure Functions
Virtual Machines: Bs-series Azure HDInsight
Virtual Machines: Dv2 and DSv2-series Azure IoT Hub
Virtual Machines: Dv3 and DSv3-series Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
Virtual Machines: ESv3 abd ESv3-series Azure Logic Apps
Azure Virtual Network Azure Media Services
Azure VPN Gateway Azure Monitor: Application Insights
Azure Monitor: Log Analytics
Azure Network Watcher
Azure Private Link
Azure Storage: Files Storage
Azure Virtual WAN
Premium Blob Storage
Virtual Machines: Ddsv4-series
Virtual Machines: Ddv4-series
Virtual Machines: Dsv4-series
Virtual Machines: Dv4-series
Virtual Machines: Edsv4-series
Virtual Machines: Edv4-series
Virtual Machines: Esv4-series
Virtual Machines: Ev4-series
Virtual Machines: Fsv2-series
Virtual Machines: M-series

Strategic Services

As mentioned previously, Azure classifies services into three categories: foundational, mainstream, and strategic. Service categories are assigned at general availability. Often, services start their lifecycle as a strategic service and as demand and utilization increases may be promoted to mainstream or foundational. The following table lists strategic services.

An icon that signifies this service is strategic. Strategic
Azure API for FHIR
Azure Analysis Services
Azure Applied AI Services
Azure Automation
Azure Cognitive Services
Azure Data Share
Azure Databricks
Azure Database for MariaDB
Azure Database Migration Service
Azure Dedicated HSM
Azure Digital Twins
Azure HPC Cache
Azure Lab Services
Azure Machine Learning
Azure Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra
Azure NetApp Files
Microsoft Purview
Azure Red Hat OpenShift
Azure Remote Rendering
Azure SignalR Service
Azure Spatial Anchors
Azure Spring Cloud
Azure Storage: Archive Storage
Azure Synapse Analytics
Azure Ultra Disk Storage
Azure VMware Solution
Microsoft Azure Attestation
SQL Server Stretch Database
Virtual Machines: DAv4 and DASv4-series
Virtual Machines: Dasv5 and Dadsv5-series
Virtual Machines: DCsv2-series
Virtual Machines: Ddv5 and Ddsv5-series
Virtual Machines: Dv5 and Dsv5-series
Virtual Machines: Eav4 and Easv4-series
Virtual Machines: Easv5 and Eadsv5-series
Virtual Machines: Edv5 and Edsv5-series
Virtual Machines: Ev5 and Esv5-series
Virtual Machines: FX-series
Virtual Machines: HBv2-series
Virtual Machines: HBv3-series
Virtual Machines: HCv1-series
Virtual Machines: LSv2-series
Virtual Machines: Mv2-series
Virtual Machines: NCv3-series
Virtual Machines: NCasT4 v3-series
Virtual Machines: NDasr A100 v4-Series
Virtual Machines: NDm A100 v4-Series
Virtual Machines: NDv2-series
Virtual Machines: NP-series
Virtual Machines: NVv3-series
Virtual Machines: NVv4-series
Virtual Machines: SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances

Older generations of services or virtual machines aren't listed. For more information, see Previous generations of virtual machine sizes.

To learn more about preview services that aren't yet in general availability and to see a listing of these services, see Products available by region. For a complete listing of services that support availability zones, see Azure services that support availability zones.

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