Microsoft Unveils Windows Azure

Submitted by lalit on October 27, 2008 - 11:58am.

Today, Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect announced Windows Azure, the cloud-based service platform. Microsoft says Azure is an industry-leading service platform and will help developers build the next generation of applications that will span from the cloud to the enterprise datacenter and deliver compelling new experience across the PC, Web and Phone.
"Today marks a turning point for Microsoft and the development community," Ozzie said. "We have introduced a game-changing set of technologies that will bring new opportunities to Web developers and business developers alike. The Azure Services Platform, built from the ground up to be consistent with Microsoft's commitment to openness and interoperability, promises to transform the way businesses operate and how consumers access their information and experience the Web. Most important, it 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."
According to Microsoft the key components of the Azure Services are:

  • Windows Azure for service hosting and management, low-level scalable storage, computation and networking
  • Microsoft SQL Services for a wide range of database services and reporting
  • Microsoft .NET Services which are service-based implementations of familiar .NET Framework concepts such as workflow and access control
  • Live Services for a consistent way for users to store, share and synchronize documents, photos, files and information across their PCs, phones, PC applications and Web sites
  • Microsoft SharePoint Services and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Services for business content, collaboration and rapid solution development in the cloud

To make the platform robust and cost efficient, Microsoft has opened major datacenters in Quincy, Washington and San Antonio, with additional centers scheduled to open in Chicago and Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft has released a limited community technology preview of the Azure Service Platform for developers attending PDC2008. You can get more information on Microsoft’s Azure Website.