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Azure by Microsoft

Alex Christie

28 October 2008

Windows Azure, the
new cloud computing platform from Microsoft provides users with storage,
networking and computational power. Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft, said that Microsoft would help
developers build the next generation of applications that are able to span from
the cloud to the enterprise datacenter.

He also added that "The Azure Services
Platform gives our customers the power of choice to deploy applications in
cloud-based internet services or through on-premises servers, or to combine
them in any way that makes the most sense for the needs of their
business."

Microsoft
has opened datacenters in Quincy, Washington and San Antonio with plans to
build additional datacenters in Chicago and Dublin, Ireland. The Azure Services
Platform uses internet standards such as HTTP, REST, WS and AtomPub (Atom
Publishing Protocol). Some of the services included in Windows Azure are
Microsoft SQL services, Microsoft .net services, Live services for the sharing
of data across PC’s, phones and
websites.

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