The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) monitors the sky to detect possible attacks against North America by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles. On December 24, NORAD also monitors Santa as he makes his journey around the world. To enable
people to visualize Santa in real time and to educate the public about NORAD, the agency provides the Tracks Santa website. In 2012, NORAD worked with Microsoft, iLink Systems, and other partners to redesign noradsanta.org using Windows Azure Cloud Services
and other Microsoft technologies. In December 2012, the new site supported a record number of users—22.3 million people—on desktops and mobile devices, and it delivered 91.5 million page views in a 48-hour period. The site also increased its social media presence
by 23 percent, enhanced learning for international students, and boosted traffic to NORAD government sites by 650 percent.