28 October 2008 | Team Tamar

Azure by Microsoft

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.

Team Tamar

  • http://profile.typekey.com/1212764052s3676/ Aaron Williams

    Cloud computing is really starting to gain momentum and is a great option for organisations who want to avoid large upfront capital expenditures on hardware.
    Amazon was one of the first companies to offer this service http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ and allow you to buy server time by the hour.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/1212764052s3676/ Aaron Williams

    For those who wonder why Google has >85% of the search marketplace, I just searched for ‘Windows Azure’ on both Google and Live Search and only Google has a link to the official MS site for Windows Azure…

  • http://www.sharefield.co.uk Robin

    Is anyone else scared of cloud computing?
    I for one am a bit suspicious of the concept and being a bit of a fan of sci-fi am foreseeing a dark dark future 😉