Friday, May 1, 2009

Windows Azure

Windows Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft data centers.

Microsoft is going to release a cloud platform Os called Azure. It is to used access various components, including Windows Azure, SQL Data Services, Live Services, and .Net Services, to preview and test. It is mainly designed for website creating and hosting.The OS is fully integrated with the Visual Studio development tool set.

Many organizations are in needs of hosted software in order to reduce complexity and cut administrative costs.The concern with cloud environments to access the key systems can be lost if the service goes down.To guarantee Azure's uptime, Microsoft is employing what it calls the Windows Azure Fabric Controller technology. Azure Fabric is designed to balance workloads across servers, manage resources, and reroute work instantaneously if a server goes down, according to Microsoft.

Azure also is designed to integrate with in house systems, giving businesses the option of moving some applications to the cloud while keeping others.Those containing sensitive personal data, for instance within their four walls. Azure "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," said Ozzie.

Azure is built to support a range of software standards, including SOAP, REST, and XML, that work with both Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies. It's also compatible with third-party development languages, including Eclipse, Ruby, PHP, and Python.

Microsoft is set to launch what it calls a Community Technology Preview of Azure, during which members of its professional developers' organization will receive

Microsoft did not release pricing details for the Azure services.Mostly this software will be released by this year end.

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